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Stories for the Telling Collection

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Libros para contar Spanish Collection Books and Storytelling and Music CDs Set
$55.76, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
5 Softcover Spanish Books and 1 Spanish Storytelling and Music CD

Amigos, Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Barry Koch, Preschool and Up, 9781581052008, $8.95   Listen
Canto del mosquito, Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051964, $8.95   Listen
Me gustaria tener, Softcover, Spanish, Book,
Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051940, $8.95   Listen
Quien nacera aqui, Softcover, Spanish, Book,
Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051988, $8.95   Listen
Una extrana visita, Softcover, Spanish, Book,
Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051926, $8.95    Listen
Libros para contar CD, Spanish, Storytelling and Music CD, Preschool and Up, 9781603963466, $24.95   Listen

 

Stories for the Telling English Collection Books and Storytelling CDs Set
$55.76, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
5 Softcover English Books and 1 English Storytelling CD

Friends, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Barry Koch, Preschool and Up, 9781581052343, $8.95    Listen   Listen
How Happy I Would Be, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581052282, $8.95   Listen
Song of the Teeny Tiny Mosquito, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9780882728063, $8.95   Listen   Listen
Strange Visitors, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051926, $8.95    Listen   Listen
Whos Hatching Here, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581052329, $8.95    Listen   Listen   Listen
Stories for the Telling CD, English, Storytelling CD, Preschool and Up, 9781603963473, $24.95   Listen

 

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Libros para contar Big Book Spanish Collection
$28.00, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
1 Softcover Spanish Big Book

Me gustaria tener, Softcover, Spanish, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581051933, $35.00   Listen

 

Stories for the Telling Big Books English Collection
$155.96, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
5 Softcover English Big Books and 1 English Storytelling CD

Friends, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Barry Koch, Preschool and Up, 9781581052336, $35.00    Listen   Listen
How Happy I Would Be, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581052275, $35.00   Listen
Song of the Teeny Tiny Mosquito, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581052299, $35.00   Listen   Listen
Strange Visitors, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9780882728032, $35.00    Listen   Listen
Whos Hatching Here, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Bernice Randall, Preschool and Up, 9781581052312, $35.00    Listen   Listen   Listen
Stories for the Telling CD, English, Storytelling CD, Preschool and Up, 9781603963473, $19.95   Listen


Stories for the Telling Supplemental Books English Collection
$41.48, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
3 Softcover English Books

Stories for the Telling Home Connection Activity Book, Softcover English Book, Alma Flor Ada and Rosa Zubizarreta, Teacher, 9781581053593, $10.95
Stories for the Telling Student Activity Book, Softcover, English, Book,
Alma Flor Ada and Rosa Zubizarreta, Preschool and Up, 9781581052398, $10.95
Stories for the Telling Teachers Guide, Softcover English Book,
Alma Flor Ada and Rosa Zubizarreta, Teacher,  9781581052367, $29.95


Libros para contar Collection
Stories for the Telling Collection

Students develop vocabulary and literacy skills as they learn about science, math, social studies and art.  Encourage students to become lifelong readers with Alma Flor Ada's classic best sellers

• Components and activities in Spanish and in English
• Big books, little books, and cassettes
• Home-connection and literature-based activities

The perfect complement to any reading program

• Develops vocabulary and reading comprehension
• Stimulates critical thinking
• Develops creative expression across content areas
• Promotes family and community involvement

Author's Note : The books in this collection were among the first books I published in the United States as individual trade books.  It has been great fun to see them reprinted over and over, and to ascertain that children continue to enjoy them as much as when they were first published.  The outstanding illustrations by Viví Escrivá have contributed immensely to their appeal.  I particularly rejoice in the fact that they have been published as big books –the size not only enhances the beauty of the art, but it especially allows teachers to duplicate to a certain extent the powerful experience of being read aloud.  The books have been complemented with a CD or cassettes, giving the children an additional experience of enjoying these texts in a musical format through the genius of Suni Paz and her delightful voice.

School Library Journal : About Stories for the Telling : A charming series, illustrated with watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings. The stories are told in a humorous style and are enhanced throughout by Ada's gift for language and poetry. El Canto del mosquito / The Song of the Teene Tiny Mosquito is the droll story of a frog who eats a mosquito and whose song then sounds like that of a mosquito. The frog is eaten by a fish, who then sings like a mosquito, etc. Una extraña vista / Strange Visitors is a humorous counting story of the days of the week in rhyme. Me gustaría  tener… / How Happy I Would Be… . . . lists the various things ``I would like to have . . .'' Again in a counting - book format, the desired items all turn out to be animals involved in unusual activities (e.g. two giraffes reading with glasses). ¿Quién nacerá aquí? / Who’s hatching Here?  ., in contrast to the others, is a science book. Rhyming riddles ask which animal will hatch from different eggs. The eggs are presented in their natural habitats; both illustrations and text hint at the answers.


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Friends

Lesson Plan

Teachers of young children appreciate that through this story children learn, or practice, the names of colors, the concept of sizes, and, of course, the different geometrical shapes. Children seem to be touched by the deep message of the story.  

Author’s Note : It has been a great joy to listen to young children tell me how much they like this book, and how good it makes them feel that the book recognizes that we can all be friends, regardless of how we look like.  This is the second of my stories with geometrical characters. The first is El cuadradito azul [The little blue square].  In that first story a little blue square wishes he could be any other figure, a circle or an oval, but not a square, until his grandmother points out to him all the potentials that he holds. The third book with geometrical figures as characters is El reino de la geometría which takes the results of discrimination a step further.  Amigos was my very first book published in the United States as an Individual trade book, and it started my association as an author with Santillana.  This powerful tale of celebration of diversity has been read both in English and in Spanish by Alma Flor Ada. The listeners of the recording in Spanish will have a complementary experience. Alma Flor has rewritten the story in verse and Suni Paz has created music for the version in verse. Her beautiful performance gives additional charm to this poignant story of multicultural understanding.

Libros para contar Collection, Stories for the Telling Collection, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversitySchool Library Journal : An introduction to basic shapes featuring brightly colored illustrations. Squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles are limited to playing and associating only with others just like themselves, until they discover the creative possibilities of being friends with those who are different. In the end, the various shapes combine to make wagons, locomotives, and boats.

Creative Dialogue
These questions are samples that can prompt the dialogue for each phase. Of course, the beauty of the real dialogue is that it will incorporate real life situations and experiences of the children. The questions are only suggested as dialogue starters. They need not be asked separately, but in a normal conversation format. We separated them into phases to give an idea of the different purpose of each phase, particularly because the conversations in the class tend to remain at the Descriptive and Personal phases and not reach the very important Critical Refletive phase and the essential Creative Phase that leads to action.

Descriptive Phase
Questions to ascertain the comprehension of the story and its concepts.
How many sides does a square have? Are all sides the same size? How many sides does a rectangle have? A triangle? Do circles have sides? What did the large figures say to the little ones?

Personal Interpretive Phase
Questions to invite sharing personal experiences, feelings and emotions. How does it feel when other children want to play with you? When they don’t? How does it feel when other people treat you badly? When you treat others badly?

Critical Multicultural Anti-Bias Phase
Questions to promote critical reflection and anti-bias awareness.
Was the big squares’ reason to forbid  the little ones to play with others valid? Why?
Do all people who have long hair (or live in the same street) think alike? Have the same taste? Can we tell the feelings of a person just by the way the person looks? By the person’s language? The person’s origin? What do you think of this?
Why do you think the shapes had such a wonderful time playing together?
What difficult things that can happen when people who are different play together?
What good things can happen? How can we promote the good things?

Transformative Creative Phase
Questions to promote transformative attitudes.
What can we do when there are children who do not want to play with us?
What can you do if you see someone treating someone badly?
Is there someone you have not been friends with that you can invite to play with you? Someone you can learn to know better?

Connections with the Home
Invite parents to share with their children their own experiences with friends, now and when they were children.  What were their favorite games and activities? Ask them to discuss their concept of friendship. What do they value in their friends? Can these qualities be found only in people of the same age, the same sex, the same language, the same ethnicity?


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The Song of the Teeny Tiny Mosquito

Early one morning a mosquito is swallowed by a frog, who in turn is eaten by a fish, who in turn... This original cumulative tale has a surprise ending that delights all readers. An excellent way to introduce the concept of the food chain, it is a joy to read, to tell, to chant, or to turn into a play.

Author's Note : On the back cover of the Big Book which accompanies this book, as well as in the CD, I tell the story of having once involuntarily  swallowed a mosquito which flew into my mouth as I spoke. Now, I am concerned about the wisdom of such candid statement, since on a school visit a child told me he had enjoyed hearing that I eat bugs!  My objective on sharing the genesis of this story was to point out that ideas are all around us, and the smallest event can be the origin of a story. I also like to point out how writing allows us to improve reality. My story let me rescue that poor mosquito of long ago.  The original music created by Suni Paz compliments this whimsical cumulative tale. Her vivid performance captures the listener’s imagination until it seems that the mosquito is buzzing right in our ears.


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How Happy I Would Be

Surprise-filled illustrations awaken children’s imaginations and inspire their creativity. Many teachers tell us how much their students love this book, and how motivated the students are to make their own books following this pattern.

Author's Note : To play with rhyme and to imagine unique situations give me joy, a joy I suspect many children share. Teachers have told me many times how much their students enjoy this book and how it motivates them to make their own books following the pattern. And in the bookshelf I have dedicated to collecting the books made by children and given to me as gifts, there are quite a few inspired by this book.  Suni Paz has created original music for this cumulative book of rhyming words. Her whimsical rendition will charm all listeners.


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Whos Hatching Here

The reader is invited to guess, based on the poems and illustrations, what animal will hatch from each set of eggs. Children will delight in guessing, as well as in the freshness of the rhymes and the exciting watercolors. In the process, they also learn about the many animals that start their lives as eggs. Some teachers have even ordered extra copies just to frame the outstanding illustrations!

Author's Note : My son Miguel had great fascination for birds. He loved watching and studying them. We even got to raise two wild birds, fallen from their nests, first a blue jay, later a robin. Many years later, as an adult, my daughter Rosalma was able to raise a bird who felt out of next in front on her house. Raising baby birds is not an easy task, and many times proves unsuccessful, but what a joy when they manage to survive. This predictable book invites children to guess, through the clues in the rhyming text, who will be the next animal hatching from a certain group of eggs. On her performance of the music Suni created for this book she incorporates special sound effects to con tribute to the predictable clues.


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Strange Visitors

Each day of the week a new set of visitors appears, bringing with them rhythm and joy. A wonderful book for choral reading and play acting. Children learn the days of the week as a game and become acquainted with different animals and musical instruments. In this cumulative tale different animals appear each day of the week, each playing a different instrument until they all join in a wonderful Sunday jarana. The recording, done by a talented duo of a mother and her young daughter, presents the instruments in a joyful way that will facilitate that children learn to recognize their sound. The young listeners can join the daughter in her responses making the listening an interactive experience.

Author's Note : Writing this book was a pleasurable exercise. I wrote it specifically before a visit to a first grade class in Santa Barbara, California. I wanted to bring the children a model that they could use to create their own books.  It’s been a true satisfaction to see through the years how many other classes have used the book for the same purpose. And a joy to witness how many children know the text by heart and delight repeating it.


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