Throughout history, traditional cultures have recognized the role of storytelling in teaching values to children. Yet existing curricula indicates most educators have not fully capitalized on the connection between storytelling, folktales, and character education. The Moral of the Story provides a user-friendly, hands-on approach to using storytelling and folktales in character education.
In addition to providing a rationale for this approach, the Norfolks include twelve stories that are ....
fun, time- and audience-tested, and accessible to a wide range of listeners, from preschool to high school. Each tale is followed by suggested activities or informal lesson plans for extending and enhancing the character education experience. Extensive bibliographies lead the reader to additional sources of folktales suitable for such curricula.
This volume shows that, through the use of folktales and storytelling, character education can be fun, enjoyable, and non-didactic—and remarkably effective.
…offers an insightful understanding of the meanings and intent of children's stories and their actual effects on children. Introducing the reader to an overall analysis and instructional use, The Moral of the Story proceeds with stories drawing from many ancient sources, and the moral and intended message associated with each of them. The Moral of the Story is an excellent collection of interesting and helpful stories, certain to become a children's favorite, all while teaching them invaluable lessons about life and its truths.
School Library Journal Julie Ranelli
This second edition shows few changes from the 1999 publication, except for a brief mention of No Child Left Behind. Research cited in the introduction is from the 1990s and earlier. "Getting Ready" provides helpful tips and reassurance for those new to storytelling. The second section contains 11 stories, all of which include detailed source notes. Citations for other versions are also included for most tales, but again the references are 20 to 50 years old. Suggestions for sharing and discussing the stories feature variations such as rapping a tale or holding a mock trial for the characters. One tale is printed both in story form and as a readers' theater script. The concluding sections about implementing an experiential approach to character education are succinct and practical. A list of developmental needs for infants through teens makes a fine finishing touch. Although the stories and methodology herein may be stimulating and effective, the original volume will suffice for most libraries.