Kamishibai: The Art of Picture Telling

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Dianne De Las Casas

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De Las Casas has adapted 25 folktales from across Asia for whole classroom use, borrowing a Japanese method of storytelling through pictures. The book offers tips on rehearsing and detailed discussion and background of the Kamishibai processes, and it describes how to coordinate grade-level story presentations. Reproducible tales can be distributed to each member of the class to aide in creating illustrations. The stories in Kamishibai Story Theater will delight children in grades 2-6, enticing them to participate in their own story fest.

De Las Casas has adapted 25 folktales from across Asia for whole classroom use, borrowing a Japanese method of storytelling through pictures. Kamishibai theater harkens back to itinerant storytellers (Kamishibai Men) who conveyed their tales by means of illustrated cards slid into slots in wooden stages built on the back of their bicycles. This book includes an introductory chapter describing in detail the methods to use in coaching students in the art of Kamishibai Story Theater. It offers tips on rehearsing, and detailed discussion and background of the Kamishibai processes, and it describes how to coordinate grade-level story presentations. Reproducible tales can be distributed to each member of the class to aide in creating illustrations. Spot illustrations for each tale give students an idea of the flavor of their drawings for that story. The stories in Kamishibai Story Theater will delight children in grades 2-6, enticing them to participate in their own story fest.

Book Review

"A storyteller and teacher of storytelling, de Las Casas introduces three methods of using the Japanese art form that combines storytelling, drama, and visual arts in classrooms. Then she presents her version of 25 stories from Asia that can be used with the methods." --- Reference & Research Book News

About the Author

Dianne de Las Casas was a professional storyteller and Teacher Ideas Press author from Louisiana. She moved to Houston, Texas (a Katrina refuge), where she continued to tell stories and promote the art of storytelling in libraries and schools.

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback, 100 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781591584049

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