Bedtime Storytelling

ISBN 9780863157363

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Become Your Child's Storyteller

by Beatrys Lockie

Anyone can master the art of storytelling with the right advice and plenty of practice!

Storytelling allows you to lift a story from the page and bring it to life. Without a book you're free -- to personalise stories, make gestures, use props or give a hug or a tickle! But most importantly you have eye contact -- creating a greater connection between you and your child and allowing you to guage their reactions -- are they excited? Frightened? Engaged?

This inspiring collection of tales, suitable for children aged from about 3 - 7 years old, includes advice on how to become a confident storyteller.

Collected by age interest, each of the classic stories are easy to memorise, adapt and enhance using simple storytelling know-how. You’ll find many are old favourites that are regularly told in kindergartens, nurseries and schools -- tales about magical creatures and exotic animals as well as stories from everyday life.

Stories include: The Little Jug, The Mitten (Any Room for Me?), The Tomten, The Star Child, How the Zebra Got its Stripes, King Grizzly Beard and Hans in Luck.

Table of Contents

Telling Stories to Children
Why tell stories?
Getting started
Creating a mood
Angels and fairies
Animal stories
Stories for special purposes
Stories for Children Aged Three to Four
The Little Jug
The Mitten
The Pearl-grey Cockerel
The Tomten
The Easter Hare
The Star Child
The Little Star's Search
Stories for Children Aged Five to Six
A Farm Story
How the Snowdrop Got its Colour
Hendrika's Adventure
Miaula and the Twins
Giant Grummer’s Christmas
Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella
Joanna and the Jumble Sale
Bad Mousie
Susannah's Bears
The Seven Ravens
The Lion and the Mouse
The Story of Beth
Erwin the Elf
Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens
Stories for Children Aged Six to Seven
King of the Birds
How the Zebra Got its Stripes
How the Elephant Got its Trunk
The Cat Who Walked Alone
Long-nose the Dwarf
The Square Box
A Tale of Two Children
King Grizzly Beard
Hans in Luck
The Harp with Five Strings
The Story of Ten Fingers
The Twelve Months
The Five Goats
A Tale of Nine Children
The Dog with Two Masters
A Michaelmas Story
Three's Company



'Considering the difference between telling and reading a story, [Felce] offers practical advice on the use of body language and presentation skills.'
--Watkins Mind Body and Spirit review, Winter 2013

'Bedtime Storytelling is a wonderful collection of classic tales guaranteed to enchant young book lovers. And don't worry if you think you can't tell stories very well, as author Beatrys Lockie gives you countless tips on making storytelling a pleasure for both reader and listener! We say… a wonderful collection of stories for everyone to enjoy.'
-- Creative Steps, May/June 2010


About the Author:

Beatrys Lockie was born in Holland in 1927 and began to tell stories at an early age to anyone young or old who would listen. She moved to Scotland and was a class teacher at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School in which stories form an integral part of teaching in the early years. After retirement she founded and ran a succession of kindergartens. She now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.