A Story-telling history

Summary:

Story is a character who explains all the many ways that it has been shared through time. From oral tales around a campfire to modern eBooks, and personal collections to mobile libraries, Story shows us how people have connected with it for eons.


Parent Perspective:
Don't let the simple sentences fool you - the content in this picture book is profound. Yes, the author covers centuries of technology change, but the heart of the book is how we connect with stories physically and emotionally. This is a picture book for mid-level elementary children. Concepts like censorship, banning and book burning are not ones that can be easily understood by preschoolers.

Each spread only has one sentence, and many pages have multiple frames to illustrate where and how people get books. Together, they create an opportunity for readers to create their own story. There are so many ways to enjoy this book. See the Educational Ideas below.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wonderful for reading at home or in the classroom. With few words and wonderful illustrations, readers not only learn a history of how stories and information are conveyed, but the ways we connect with them. Because of the sparse text, readers have an opportunity to create their own story.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Note that the book introduces the concepts of book censorship, banning, and burning. These are not ideas that preschoolers and young children will understand.


Type of Book:
With simple sentences, this book explains the different ways stories have been told through time.
Educational Themes:

There are SO many ways to explore this book - starting with encouraging readers to create their own stories from the illustrations on the page. Each of the early spreads covers a "stage" in the evolution of storytelling from oral stories to printing presses. These are "finite" enough that you might want to do more research to show readers where in the world these advancements happened. Later pages show different ways that books are distributed, which creates another opportunity to introduce readers to different geographic and cultural environments.

Reading Level:
2.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you have readers who like to create stories from illustrations, then this is a book for your home library.

Title I Am a Story
Author Dan Yaccarino
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
Illustrators Dan Yaccarino
ISBN 9780062411068
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Historical Fiction, Reading, Library

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