Giveaway: “Storytelling with Children” by Nancy Mellon

It’s time to announce this week’s giveaway! This week, we’re giving away a special book that is a wonderful guide for any parent, and will be especially appealing to those wishing to use their Ostheimer figures during story time. Our Ostheimer figures are wonderful to use while telling stories with your children. This is a book that Ami has read and recommends, so I am going to let her tell you about “Storytelling with Children”:

Ostheimer Bremen Town Musicians

Ostheimer Bremen Town Musicians

I love to read books to my children. We have a children’s book home library that contains hundreds of volumes. I even started to read to my first child when she was still in the womb! Sharing books with children is something that I love and comes naturally to me. Telling children a story, being the storyteller, is a skill that I have had to develop and am still working on. I began with using Ostheimer figures to tell simple stories like “The Gingerbread Man”. I made the gingerbread man out of wool felt and used the Ostheimer farmer and farmers wife and other Ostheimer figures for the rest of the characters. My children loved it and I realized that I did too.

Over the next couple of years I continued to tell my children stories, though not as many as I wanted to. I still wasn’t that comfortable with it. Then I read about and ordered Nancy Mellon’s book “Storytelling with Children”. There is such a wealth of information and inspiration in this book! She starts out with explaining what a storyteller is and why telling stories (as opposed to just reading stories to children) is so important. The following chapters in her book show how to share stories with children.

After reading “Story Telling with Children” I was even more motivated to share my own unique stories with my children. I began to tell my baby the story of her day as I rocked her before bed. I did so simply and quietly. I would tell her about the things she did and what she saw and something new that she had learned that day. Then I would tell her the story of her birth, how everyone in the family was so excited that she was coming from heaven to live with us and how happy we were when she was born. I would name all of the people who love her, “Mama loves Madeline…”. I would also weave in quiet and simple songs. As I would tell this story, which remained mostly the same each night, I could see my little one relax and sigh with contentment. Our evening bedtime ritual is one that I cherish and has made bedtime something that we both look forward to.

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This giveaway will be open until Friday, March 23, at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 24.  Good luck, everyone!

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23 Responses to Giveaway: “Storytelling with Children” by Nancy Mellon

  1. Nicolena says:

    I’m signed up for the newsletter. :)

  2. Nicolena says:

    I would love this book, as I need to hone my storytelling skills. So far, I tell Bible stories to my little one using the nativity figures, Jonah and his wife and the animals, the retired Adam and Eve set. I’ve also “repurposed” a shepherd boy as David and the giant from the Brave Little Tailor set as Goliath. Eventually, we’d love to buy some of the fairy tale sets to tell stories with as well.

  3. monica says:

    I’m signed up for blog updates. I love this giveaway! My kids so enjoy listening to stories and I’d love to have new ones to share!

  4. monica says:

    I like you on FB

  5. monica says:

    Oh, I really like all of the Ostenheimer story toys! I don’t own any of them, but my favorites are Snow White and the Bremen Town Musicians (my son actually pointed out the musicians and declared that he wants them!).

  6. Catherine says:

    My children love to act out the Nativity story with their Ostheimer figures–with lots of extra animals added in. Thanks–the book looks wonderful.

  7. Sara says:

    Sounds like an awesome book for parents! I’d love to win it! I’m already signed up for the blog updates.

  8. Bridget says:

    I’m signed up! Thanks :)

  9. roberta says:

    I’m signed up,thank you.

  10. Stephanie Conwell says:

    I receive your newsletter and just liked you on fb. I really enjoy the figures and would love to learn how to storytell to my young child.

  11. Sarah says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love telling stories to my two little boys with their Ostheimer figures. “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” are their favourites, but I’m looking to expand my repertoire and this book would be a great help! (And I do receive your blog updates.)

  12. Cheri says:

    Reading to and with children and storytelling are one of life’s great pleasures. The book sounds fabulous.

  13. Carol says:

    Hooray – I didn’t know there was a blog! I am now signed up!

  14. Chelsea says:

    We are still building our collection, but this year we began with the Christmas story using the three primary nativity figures — there were many moments where I would hear my boys repeating their own version of the story, as well. +Chelsea

  15. cheryl says:

    We have quite a collection of ostheimer figures, I love telling stories as I do an outreach program and I tell parents I am on my Waldorf kick…It exposes those who know very little about it to it. This would help me enhance my storytelling skills. I LOVE the book “Three Little Gators” which is a spin on three little pigs…It would be fun to use the figures to retell the story. Thank you for the oppertunity.

  16. joy says:

    what a faboulous give away!!
    This would help me so much in my classroom, waldorf teacher training, and as a mom!
    Thanks

  17. felecia says:

    I signed up for your blog updates.

  18. felecia says:

    I love the nativity to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

  19. Leah says:

    I so love being subscribed to your delightful blog updates. Thanks so very much for this truly magical and imaginatively inspired giveaway! : )

  20. Leah says:

    I “like” you on Facebook as Leah F. : )

  21. Leah says:

    We are so in love with the Ostheimer Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Story Set. Truly wonderful for the creation of dazzlingly, brilliant stories! : )

  22. I love the figures and plan to order the 3 pigs. Hope I win the storytelling book.

  23. Brandy says:

    Looks like a valuable book, it’s going on my wish list!

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