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Cat with No Name

Cat with No Name

Spring 2008 Doing & Learning
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Nina Khashchina
Illustrator: Nina Khashchina
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Leaf Moon Arts offers sets of Story Boards for selected classic narratives. This concept is based on the Japanese kamishibai (picture-card drama, or paper theatre). The story is divided into corresponding visual and textual units and presented on sturdy 9 3/4" x 13" cards--with the illustrations on one side of the cards (for the listeners) and the text information on the reverse side (for the parent or educational leader), allowing optimal flexibility for the story presentation. This style also opens the door for additional educational experiences, such as putting the (mixed) cards back into the appropriate story sequence, encouraging oral story retelling from the pictorial stimuli, or studying the cultural details (as depicted through the beautiful illustrations). Each story is additionally presented in another language, thus offering optional bilingual experiences.

THE CAT WITH NO NAME is an 8-card display, with text in both English and Russian. (The publisher's Web site offers the opportunity to hear the story's Russian words pronounced.) This folktale is found in many collections world-wide, and the adaptation on these story cards was influenced by the Russian poet Samuil Marshak. The plot begins with an unnamed cat and the human search to find a force more powerful than the cat. After the discovery of several increasingly more dynamic forces (tree, cloud, wind, wall, mouse), the story cyclically reverts to the power of the cat itself--a sequence that always delights young listeners.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Leaf Moon Arts / Storycard Theater

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