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Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life
Kimberly K. Faurot
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0852-5
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
 
 
 
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168 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0852-5
Year Published: 2003
"Kim Faurot produces the most magical and professional story time for children I have ever seen."
Renee Vaillancourt McGrath

Authors and illustrators spend years developing their creative visions. It is only fitting that their artistic integrity is preserved using beautiful, functional, and creative props for performing the book or poem at story time. What if you could make great props in a reasonable amount of time, learn tips to safely store them, and adapt them for a variety of uses and audiences over the years?

Now you can thoroughly engage your audience in the quality and spirit of your presentation when you use these "permission granted" plans, scripts, and props that reflect the original works. Books in Bloom outlines the step-by-step process and proves anyone can do it. Covering every question and concern, and supported with all the resources to do both the creative and the administrative tasks (such as copyright releases and script adaptations), this is a must-have resource.

Following the step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to make these props that range in difficulty—from "easy," taking two or three hours, to "expert" level, taking up to 20 hours. By understanding the developmental underpinnings and mastering all the steps throughout the process, you will be ready to tackle your own projects.

You'll learn:
  • Which books or poems are best suited to which presentation
  • Key tips for adapting books into scripts, complete with suggested movement and sounds
  • How to go about getting permission to create a multi-media adaptation
  • Proven methods to move beyond what is commonly available
Thoroughly organized instructions, complete time lines, materials lists, and scripts are provided, making it easy to offer inspired presentations. For all those children's librarians, school media specialists, storytellers, teachers, and day-care workers willing to take the next step to transform story time into a truly magical experience, this guide will spark the imaginations of all those committed to sharing literature with children.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1

Introduction
This Book Is for You
What Is Included
Reasons for Using Multiple Presentation Formats
Developmental Characteristics
Providing Something Special
Inspiring Young Audiences
Quality Storytelling Props
Practical Issues
Time, Money, and Ability
Types of Stories That Can Be Adapted
Additional Considerations
Adapting the Text
Choosing Format and Media
Copyright Issues
Accessibility and Storage
Let Your Imagination Take Flight
References

Chapter 2
Tips and Tools
Enlarging the Patterns in This Book
Recommended Tools and Materials for Effective Prop Building
Glues
Paints and Brushes
Fabrics
Craft and Miscellaneous Supplies
Scissors
Hand Tools
Power Tools
Terms and Techniques
Visual Storytelling
Materials
Sewing
Knots
Fusing and Scoring
Sample Permission Form
Sample Storytelling Props Collection List or Database

Chapter 3
Puppet and Prop Assembly Stories
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Prop Assembly Format
Puppet and Prop Assembly Stories
   Poppy the Panda by Dick Gackenbach Script
   Assembly Instructions (very easy; estimated 2 hours assembly time)
   Assembly Story Finished Product
   Storage
    Summary

Chapter 4
Overhead Projector Stories
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Overhead Projector Format
Overhead Projector Stories
   A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni Script
   Pattern Instructions (easy; estimated 3 hours)
   Directions
   How to Make the Transparency Pieces
   Overhead Projector Story Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
   Storage
   Summary

Chapter 5
Finger Puppets
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Finger Puppet Format
Finger Puppets
    "Mouse House"
   Possible Introduction
   Script
   Possible Conclusion
   Other Activities
   Pattern Instructions (easy; estimated 2 to 4 hours)
   Directions
   How to Make the Finger Puppet Mice
   How to Make the Mouse House
    Finger Puppets Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
   Storage
   Summary

Chapter 6
Flannel/Felt Board Stories
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
General Techniques for Creating Flannel/Felt Board Story Pieces
Presenting
Choosing the Flannel/Felt Board Format
Flannel/Felt Board Stories
   Fish Is Fish by Leo Lionni
   Script
   Pattern Instructions (medium; estimated 6 hours)
   Directions
   How to Make the Background Scene
   How to Make the Story Figures
   Flannel/Felt Board Story Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
Storage
Summary

Chapter 7
Combination Prop Stories
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Combination Prop Format
Combination Prop Stories
   The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
   Script
   Other Activities
   Pattern Instructions (medium; estimated 10 hours)
    Directions
   How to Make the Three Adult Chickens
   How to Make the Eggs and Baby Chickens
   How to Make the Royal Nest
   Combination Prop Story Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
   Storage
    Summary

Chapter 8
Stick Puppets/Rod Puppets
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Stick Puppet Format
Stick Puppets/Rod Puppets
   The Nightgown of the Sullen Moon by Nancy Willard
   Script
   Pattern Instructions (advanced; estimated 20 hours)
   Directions
   How to Make the Lap/Tabletop Theater and Covering
   How to Make the Stick Puppets
   How to Make the Nightgowns
   How to Make the Miscellaneous Additional Story Pieces
   Stick Puppet Story Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
   Storage
   Summary

Chapter 9
Hand Puppets
Techniques and Considerations
Creating
Presenting
Choosing the Hand Puppet Format
Hand Puppets
   Lunch by Denise Fleming
   Possible Introduction
   Script
   Possible Conclusion
   Pattern Instructions (expert; estimated 40 hours)
   Directions
   How to Make the Mouse Puppet
   How to Make the Giant Soft Sculpture Food and Accompanying Food Pieces
   Puppet Story Finished Product
   Pattern Pieces
   Storage
   Summary

Chapter 10
Resources
Favorite Storytime Planners
Bibliography of Storybooks, Stories, and Poems Included or Mentioned in Books
in Bloom
Books for Further Professional Reading on the Topics and Media Covered in
Books in Bloom
Internet Resources
Finding Out-of-Print or Used Books
Sound Recordings
Hand Puppets and Finger Puppets
Ready-Made Storytelling Props and Miscellaneous
Book Character Dolls and Toys
Cheap Novelty Items (Crowns and Miscellaneous Cool Stuff)
Craft Supplies
Fabrics and Some Craft Supplies
Colored Acetate/Transparencies
Die-Cut Companies
Flannel Boards and Velcro Boards
General Library Supplies (Colored Corrugated Hinged-Lid Storage Boxes)
Overhead Projectors


About the Author
Kimberly Faurot is a children's librarian committed to creating quality materials, visual storytelling pieces, and services for children's library programming. Providing children's services in public libraries around the Midwest for more than a decade, she has also designed several book character dolls for the MerryMakers, Inc. toy company. She holds her MLS from Indiana University.

Reviews
"...the most craft-project-challenged librarian shine in Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories...provides step-by-step instructions”
—American Libraries

“New and Experienced public and school librarians can use the general information and specific examples of picture books and poems...the information on puppetry, flannel stories, and the ‘Resources’ chapter are worth the cost of the book...This is an inspiring book that combines new ideas and old wisdom.”
—Reference & User Services Quarterly


“This Practical Book is intended for preschool teachers, librarians, and anyone else who regularly presents picture books to children in a group setting...provides step-by step instructions on how to prepare props.”
—Children Literature Association Quarterly

“Books in Bloom is a wonderful resource for school and public library media specialists, offering a world of ideas to add life to story times.”
—Library Media Connection
 
 

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