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Weathervane Story Resources; Everythings Ducky

Weathervane Story Resources; Everythings Ducky

A Duck in flight tops this building at a fair and tells us which way the wind blows. I love the artistry of the wings, very close to life like. Our foul friends show up in stories let’s see what we can find!
 
Let’s start our duck resource list with a Russian Folk Tale about a Duck That Lays Golden Eggs!
 
 
 
No collection of Duck resources would be complete with out The Ugly Duckling
Here is some Ugly Duckling Background info:
 
Here is a pre-school curriculum to go with the tale:
and another
 
 
 
How about an Aesop Fable: The Tortoise and the Ducks
(I also know this story as the Rattlesnake and the Vultures from Mexico)
 
 
In 1908 Miss Jemima Puddleduck was introduced to Peter Rabbit and the barnyard at Hill Top by Beatrix Potter
Listen to it here:
Here is the  e-book from Project Gutenberg
 
May of 1944 master story artist Walt Disney introduces Donald Duck
 
 
Henry the Duck has a website with an ongoing list of stories chronicling his many adventures:
 
 
 
 
Here are some stories not from storytelling but from Duck Hunters – there was even a proposal on a duck hunting trip, from Ducks Unlimited a long list of stories:
 
 
Along the same lines a collection of duck  and outdoorsmen stories from the 1940’s is available in the 3 book set by Gordon Macquarrie
 
Couldn’t close this without a reference to the popular game Duck Duck Goose try it with wet sponges for Drip Drip Splash
 
The image for Duck Duck Goose from a great resource of children’s games:
 
 
 
 
Photos taken at Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
 
Here are a couple of previous Weathervane posts:
 
Where do Fish Stories Come From?

Where do Fish Stories Come From?

         Where do fish stories come from? How do we find the vehicle to tell a story and make it compelling for the listening experience.  I am a performance storyteller for all ages, my current project is for a curriculum guided school based program. Whose voice should the story represent and what message do I need… Continue Reading

Students Caught Eating Curriculum

Students Caught Eating Curriculum

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math curriculum must be delicious, students at my workshops thought so!    The workshop and demonstration S.T.E.A.M. Ice Cream  is rocking the schools with excitement and creating buzz at expos and fair type outings.  S.T.E.A.M. Ice Cream uses alternative energy to make 5 gallons of delicious ice cream. Students don’t think twice… Continue Reading

Impressed at Garner Storytelling Festival

Impressed at Garner Storytelling Festival

      I was visiting North Carolina and did a couple of mornings of storytelling at my granddaughters pre-school. It is entirely my pleasure to bring storytelling to these little listeners many hearing live storytelling for the very first time. It marked the beginning of a new story…                                                         I posted the picture on my Facebook… Continue Reading

School Day  and Story Night

School Day and Story Night

A great school day looks like this:                                                                                     For a storyteller a great school day is getting to share stories with eager listeners. Recently I was  fortunate to share my day with the students and staff at my neighborhood school, Annie Vinton Elementary School in Mansfield, CT.   http://www.mansfieldct.gov/content/11140/default.aspx         Pre-K through 4th grade came… Continue Reading

Story Play Cards; Game Review

Story Play Cards; Game Review

Five Stars for the StoryPlay Cards  by Think-a-lot Toys!!    www.think-a-lot.com   (while you are visiting their site sign up for the  free newsletter you might win a Think-ets game.                                                                                I opened the box with such anticipation for the fun it held inside. I was not to be disappointed. I took out the double deck of… Continue Reading

Education In Cubes – Not Just Child’s Play

Education In Cubes – Not Just Child’s Play

The nine dice rolled across the table top and the students clustered to look at the outcome.  Excited voices called out the images that landed face up on the special dice of the game Rory’s Story Cubes www.storycubes.com   Laughter and groans ensued as each player recognized their challenge of incorporating the image into a group story.… Continue Reading