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Shake-It-Up Tales



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Shake-It-Up Tales
20 Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum, and Act Out
By Margaret Read MacDonald
174 pages

These multicultural stories involve plenty of audience involvement. There are riddle stories, improvisational stories, singing tales, tandem tales, and more.  


Chants, Claps, Motions, and Sound Effects: The Terrible Nung Guama (folktale from China), Miera Miera Meow! (folktale from the south of France).

Singing Tales: Batis! Batis! (folktale from France), Telesik (folktale from Ukraine).

Dancing Tales: El Conejito (folktale from Panama), Pickin' Peas (folktale from Alabama).

Drumming Tales: Fari Mbam (Wolof folktale from Gambia), The Big Man Drum (Dai folktale from China). 

Stories with Improv Slots: The Girl Who Wore Too Much (Pu-Thai folktale from NW Thailand), Buchettino (folktale from Italy).

Riddle Stories: The Rich Man Seeks a Daughter-in-Law (folktale NW Thailand), The Hare Who Married a Princess (Fon folktale from Benin).

Actors-from-the-Audience: The Little Old Woman Who Hated Housework (elaborated from Scottish folk tradition), What a Wonderful Life! (retold from Jewish folk tradition).

Tandem Telling: The Elephants & the Bees (folktale from Thailand), Little Boy Frog & Little Boy Snake (based on Ekoi folktale).

Story Theatre: Pan Kotsky (folktale from Ukraine), Nanny Goat & Her 2 Little Kids (folktale from France).

Act-It-Out Tales: Baby Rattlesnake's First Rattle (Pawnee tale), Tom Thumb's Wedding (folktale from Italy).


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