This book is a collection of plays that have been adapted from Aesop's most famous fables. They can be used as performance plays, readers theatre or just used to promote reading in groups. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be adapted to suit the various needs of the group. The cast list is very flexible – more characters can be added. Characters can be changed or omitted. In addition, the teacher/group leader can assume the role of the storyteller if the children are unable to read or not at the reading level required. Also included in this book is a variety of drama activities. These activities are designed to be fun and enjoyable as well as promoting group cohesion, character development and creativity.
The plays in the collection are: The Lion and the Mouse The Ants and the Grasshopper The Hare and the Tortoise The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Belling the Cat The Miller, his Son and the Donkey The Fox and the Crow The Cockerel and the Fox The Goatherd and the Wild Goats The North Wind and the Sun The Fox and the Cat The Fox that lost his tail The Cat and the Hen The Peacock and the Crane The Dog and the Bone The Ant and the Dove The Crow and the Pitcher
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was a difficult child to say the least and I remember my parents using "fables" to try to teach me lessons and keep me entertained. It wasn't until many years later that I realized how old "Aesop's Fables" were and how many children they have probably been told to. While "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" are probably two of the most notable, there are some great plays here that both entertain and have some valuable underlying themes. The games included at the beginning of the book are also great for children and so much fun. A book filled with timeless tales that I can't recommend enough.
If you're looking for some activities to do with young children, then this hits the mark exactly. This book is so versatile, and I love it. Whether you are an elementary school teacher, a busy mother of several children, a baby sitter, or if you're like me--a person who is looking to start a girl scout troop (with young girls) then this will definitely come in handy. I love the drama activities in this book, and the plays are very well-written. Can't wait to put this book to good use!
It was fun reading the stories and learning morals and lessons from the tales. I think I like Aesop! Chloe (Age 7)
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