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The Natural Storyteller Wildlife Tales for Telling by Georgiana Keable


272 pp.  
7 3/8" x 9"
Illustrations: b/w throughout

Hawthorn Press

Published:  November 2017 

The Natural Storyteller is full of dynamic story seeds. When you open the book and read a story seed, you plant it in yourself, unleashing courage, creativity, and love of nature through true stories of environmental heroes and botanical tales of living trees. These are stories gleaned from the treasures of world traditions, but re-visioned for today’s child and told with great energy and panache, including adventures among birds, animals, and people;. fairytales from the forest and true tales of sea, earth, and sky. Readers will want to retell these stories immediately, whether at bedtime or around the campfire under the stars. These stories inspire wonder and service for Mother Earth.

This is a handbook for the nature storyteller, with story maps, brain-teasing riddles, story skeletons, and adventures to make a tale your own. Here is a vibrant invitation to embrace a world of stories about nature, animals, and plants and our relationship with them.

Georgiana Keable shows—through a range of techniques and the power of stories—how to interpret, retell, and pass these stories on for the future. This diverse collection of stories will nurture active literacy skills and help children form essential bonds with nature.

“[The Natural Storyteller] is life affirming. All of its stories are about taking delight in creation. It is a journey into storytelling as well as story.” —Hugh Lupton, award-winning storyteller