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Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment


Eds. Ed Brody, Jay Goldspinner, Katie Green, Rona Leventhal and John Porcino


New Society Publishers; printed in the U.S. by Capital City Press, Montpelier, VT







New Society Publishers P.O. Box 189 Gabriola Island, BC VOR 1X0 Canada





This is the second edition of "Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope." It focuses on the power and effectiveness of storytelling in the classroom and in the world. The editors ask: "why is storytelling so powerful and effective?" Their answer is multifaceted. Among other benefits, storytelling stimulates learning, strengthens the imagination, enhances communication, builds cultural awareness, enhances empathy, encourages critical thinking, builds literacy skills, creates classroom culture, and changes the world. This collection of stories was created for teachers, parents, storytellers, and anyone who works or plays with young people. It is believed that storytelling shapes young minds and lives, and that the survival of humanity may be enhanced by having stories "grow in the hearts of the world's children." The book is part of The Stories for World Change Network, which has discovered that stories help empower people to clarify their thoughts, emotions, and values while escaping the narrow viewpoints often characteristic of today's world. The stories sought out are those which are meant to deal with peace issues- those relating to conflict resolution without violence, appreciation for cultural diversity, enhanced understanding of those around us, and a better relationship with nature. All is compiled with the end goal of achieving a more positive future. Each story is followed by activities which teachers or group leaders may use to draw upon the stories wisdom and to allow the children to explore their own values and reactions to reach their own conclusions. In the introduction, there is also a section entitled "Stories, the Teaching Tool: Using and Creating Follow-up Activities." The stories are divided into four sections: *Living with Ourselves *Living with Each Other: Working Together to Solve Problems *Living with Each Other: The Problems of Working Together *Living with the Earth Appendices include a "Bibliography of Tellable Stories," an "Age Suitablility Index," a "Thematic Index," and a "Directory of Contributors."




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