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Using the British Studies Resource Points
Due to the special nature of this edition many of the books
featured below will be in the 'Fiction' or 'Methodology' Sections of libraries
such as British Council Partner Libraries. Within each category below, the books are arranged in alphabetical order by
Ewa Basiura, Legendary Cracow Tales Known and Unknown, Storyteller,
1998 (ISBN 83-907702-5-3)
Collections of Traditional Stories
About forty short accessible stories on topics such as ghosts, magic,
alchemy, saints and churches, the origins of the city, and ,of course,
that dragon. Has lots of potential for being adapted for classroom use.
Sarah Brown, Focus on European Fairy Tales, Prentice Hall,
1992 (ISBN 0-13-406521-2)
Part of the ‘Focus On’ Macmillan series, this book looks at the origins
and development of European Fairy Tales, as well as providing examples
both traditional and modern. It also has text and topic based activities
for students and is an excellent introduction to the area.
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Penguin,
Not one for children this with some disturbing interpretations of classic
tales in ways which certainly make you think. It would be interesting to
look at these stories with advanced students after considering the more
Ed. Kevin Crossley-Holland, British Folk Tales, Orchard Books,
1987 (ISBN 1-85213-307-4)
Ed. Kevin Crossley-Holland, Folk Tales of the British Isles,
& Faber, 1986 (ISBN 0-571-13786-5)
Both these selections have tales from varied linguistic traditions
within the British Isles, and include comments on the collector or re-teller.
The latter collection is arranged thematically, and each section (Fairies,
Origins and Causes, Kings and Heroes, and so on) has its own introduction.
James Finn Garner, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Bath
Press, (ISBN 0-285-63223-X)
Short, funny, politically correct updated versions of a number of the
best known stories, but you may need a politically correct dictionary to
fully appreciate this.
Alison Lurie, The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales, OUP,
1994 (ISBN 0-19-282385-X)
Imaginative re-workings of the genre, which can be interpreted on various
levels, by an unusual selection of writers, including Dickens, H.G. Wells,
Philip K. Dick, Bernard Malamud, and Ursula Le Guin.
Iona and Peter Opie, The Classic Fairy Tales, Granada,
reprinted 1980 (ISBN 0-586-08335-9)
This is rightly considered as a standard work and gives excellent introductions
to all the best known tales.
Ed. Neil Phillip, The Penguin Book of English Folktales, Penguin,
1992 (ISBN 0-14-013976-1)
Over one hundred and forty tales here, each with notes on the source
and an introduction to the history of storytelling in England.
Ed. Neil Phillip, The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales, Penguin,
1992, (ISBN 0-14-013977-X)
A similar treatment as above for Scottish Folktales.
Ed. Maria Tatar, The Classic Fairy Tales, Norton, 1999
As well as being an excellent compilation of different versions of
some of the great fairy tales, with critical introductions to each, this
book has an invaluable selection of academic articles, making it an excellent
Jane Yolen, Favourite Folktales from Around the World, Pantheon,
1986 (ISBN 0-394-54382-3)
Probably the best collection of stories drawn and retold from international
sources from an acclaimed children’s writer.
Bookshops in Poland now stock the following collections in paperback
published by Wordsworth Press and at very reasonable prices:
The Brothers Grimm – The Complete Fairy Tales, Wordsworth,
1997 ( ISBN 1 85326 898 4 )
Hans Christien Andersen – The Complete Fairy Tales, Wordsworth,
1997 ( ISBN 185326 899 2 )
English Fairy Tales, Wordsworth, 1997
Irish Fairy Tales, Wordsworth, 1997
Ellis and Brewster, The Storytelling Handbook for Primary Teachers,
1991 (ISBN 0-140-81916-1)
Methodology Resource Books
Provides a comprehensive methodology for the use of stories in the
classroom along with practical examples drawn from age range including
cross-curricular links. The ‘real books’ featured in the Handbook are listed
Carolyn Graham, Jazz Chant Fairy Tales, OUP, 1988 (ISBN
Cassettes (ISBN 0-19-434299-9)
Extended jazz chants for young learners using fairy stories. Pronunciation
and intonation are American English.
Jill Hadfield, Intermediate Communication Games, Nelson,
1990 (ISBN 0-17-555872-8)
Some of the games here use fairy stories as a starting point.
J. Morgan and M. Rinvolucri, Once Upon a Time, OUP, 1983
One of the earliest attempts to show the relevance of storytelling
for the foreign language classroom. Particularly useful for the idea of
‘story skeletons’ and the ways in which these can be exploited.
Seth Lindstromberg, The Recipe Book, Longman, 1990 ( ISBN
Has a section on storytelling with some nice lesson ideas at various
Eric K. Taylor, Using Folk Tales, Cambridge, 1999 ( ISBN
63749 X )
With over forty activities at levels from beginner to advanced, and
dozens of folk tales, this book should prove to be a welcome addition to
the ‘Cambridge Handbook for English Teachers’ series
Andrew Wright, Storytelling With Children, Oxford OUP,
1995 ( ISBN 0-19-437202-2 )
Andrew Wright, Creating Stories With Children, Oxford OUP,
1997 ( ISBN 0-19-437204-9 )
Both of these excellent books contain lots of ideas how to use stories
and a number of examples of stories taken from different cultures. Aimed
at young learners but the stories could be used with any ages and the techniques
Jack Zipes, Creative Storytelling, Routledge, 1995, (
ISBN 0-415-91272-5 )
Considered by many to be the leading authority on fairy tales, this
gives ideas how to extend storytelling into the community.
Asterisked books are featured in Ellis, G. & Brewster, J. (see
above) The Storytelling Handbook for PrimaryTeachers, Penguin
The following magazines and journals had special editions devoted to
storytelling. You may be able to get back copies of them.
- JET, Vol. 3 No. 3 ISSUE 9, May 1993
- Practical English Teaching, December 1993
- Forum, Vol. 33 No. 1 January 1995
Young Learner 'Real Books'
Ahlberg, A., Please Mrs Butler, Picture Puffin
Ahlberg, J. & A. Peepo!, Picture Puffin
Ahlberg, J. & A., Each Peach Plum Pear Kestrel, Picture
Ahlberg, J. & Amszutz, A. (1981), Mrs Lather's Laundry,
*Ahlberg, J. & Amszutz, A., Mrs Plug the Plumber, Picture
Ahlberg, J. & Amszutz, A., Mr Biff the Boxer, Picture
Burningham, J., The Shopping Basket, Picture Puffin
*Burningham, J., Mr Grumpy's Motor Car, Picture Puffin
*Briggs, R., The Snowman, Picture Puffin
*Carle, E., The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Picture Puffin
*Carle, E., The very busy spider, Picture Puffin
*Hawkins, C. & J., Pat the Cat, Picture Puffin
*Hill, E., Spot's Birthday Party, Picture Puffin
*Hill, E., Where's Spot?, Picture Puffin
Hutchins, P., Don't Forget the Bacon, Picture Puffin
*Kent, J., The Fat Cat, Picture Puffin
McKee, D., Not now, Bernard, Red Fox/Random House
*Nicoll, H., Meg and Mog, Picture Puffin
*Nicoll, H. & Pienkowski, J., Meg's Eggs, Picture Puffin
Rosen, M. (1985), Quick! Let's Get Out of Here, Puffin Books
Rosen, M. & Blake, Q., You Can't Catch Me, Picture Puffin
Smith, M., Kimi and the Watermelon, Picture Puffin
Sutton, F. &Dodd, L., My Cat Likes to Ride in Boxes, Picture
Umansky, K., Pass the Jam, Jim, Random House
Various authors (1972), The Fairy Tale Treasury, Hamish Hamilton
*Vipont, E. & Briggs, R., The Elephant and the Bad Baby,
*Watanabe, S., I Can Do It, Picture Puffin
Zion, G., Harry the Dirty Dog, Red Fox/Random House
Waterstone’s Guide to Children’s Books, Waterstone’s (ISBN
For those wanting more detail on some of the best ‘real’ literature
available for children, a useful guide is:
Here are some web sites for children and teachers
Stories From the Web
An exciting new public library web site from Britain which allows children to read extracts of stories and poems online and then send in reviews, their own stories and enter competitions.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
A mine of information and further links to essential web sites for anything you would like to know about children's literature.
Finally here are some more theoretical and academic sources
Joseph Campbell, Masks of God: Creative Mythology, Penguin,
( ISBN 0140 194401 )
One of the most famous and prolific writers on the theme, this is just
one of the many books he has written
Brewers Book of Myth and Legend, Penguin, (ISBN 1859860931)
Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment, Peregrine Books,
1976 (ISBN 0-14-055.135-2)
The Dictionary of World Myth, Penguin, (ISBN 1859861687)
Two reference works both in paperback
Full of Freud and psychoanalytic readings of traditional stories, which
while at times can be heavy going, is nevertheless a must for anyone considering
research in the area.
Ed Maria Tatar, The Classic Fairy Tales, Norton Critical Edition,
1999 (ISBN 0-393-97277-1)
As mentioned above, this collection of stories also has an excellent
selection of scholarly articles.
Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde, Chatto and Windus,
1994 (ISBN 0-7011-3530-1)
Ed Eric Hobsbawm and T. Ranger, The Invention of Tradition,
1996 reprinted (ISBN 0-21-43773-3)
Fascinating background study of the stories and the people who told
them exploiting fully the symbolism they used.
In the Introduction Hobsbawm discusses the complex ways in which the
past and the present interact and the part played by ritual and symbolism
in reinventing history. Individual essays from a variety of contributors
cover areas such as Scotland, Wales, Victorian India, and the British Monarchy.
Available at British Studies Resource Points.
Charles Knightly, Folk Heroes of Britain, Thames and Hudson,
An attempt to separate the mythical stories of the likes of Caratacus,
Boadicea, Alfred, and William Wallace ( of ‘Braveheart’ fame ) from the
historical facts. A copy of this can be found at the University Library
McCrone, Morris, and Kiely, Scotland – The Brand, Edinburgh
UP, 1995 (ISBN 0-7486-0615-7)
As the title suggests, this book looks at the various ways in which
an idea of Scotland has been created and then sold by the heritage industry.
Another new addition to the Resource Points
Ed Roy Porter, Myths of the English, Polity, 1994 reprinted
( ISBN 0-7456-1306-3 )
Another collection of essays looking at such diverse topics as Gilbert
and Sullivan, The Great War, Bonfire Night, Children’s Books, The Tramp,
and The English Bobby. Also available from British Studies Resource Points.