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Stories and Storytelling

And Then Story Starters Vol2And Then… Story Starters Vol 2

When we tell our own imaginative stories a whole new world opens up.  Sometimes they can be a bit tricky to begin so here are 20 story starters to help.  What kind of story will you tell –  A long story, a short story, a story that takes place in a faraway land, a story right here at home, a story filled with bright colours and mysterious characters and all kinds of unexpected things.

Storytelling with Children by Nancy Mellon

 Storytelling with Children“Many people are surprise at  that young children what them to make up stories.   Yet it doesn’t take long to realise how meeting their need for stories creates a sense of warmth, family & community.   This book has been written to stimulate your direct experience of the wise and benevolent creative forces which, however dormant, are in each and every one of us.”

SCAN0005The Power of Stories by Horst Kornberger

This is a fascinating and inspiring book for teachers, parents or carers of children, as well as creative writers and students of literature.  ‘This beautifully written and wise book taps into a deep source, the spring of imagination. The author […] gives very helpful examples of certain stories particularly well-suited to different ages, explaining how each matches and reflects the child’s developing consciousness. If you have anything to do with children, buy this book. If you have anything to do with yourself, buy it as well.”  — Matthew Barton, New View, summer 2007

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Workshops, Term 1, 2013

We are excited to offer some different types of workshop at The Honeyclock in Term 1 of 2013.  We still have felting and pastel drawing for those of you eager to get your hands busy and your heart singing with the joy of creating.  Add to that the possibility of creating a fashion talking piece in the form of a button necklace, made with all your old buttons!  But we’re adding some ‘life classes’ too!  Some opportunities to talk and share, to discuss matters close to your heart, and to learn some new ways of thinking about things.   All the information is on our WORKSHOP  page.  We look forward to your interest!  Give us a call to book your place and, even better, find a friend to bring too!

Books: Global Hive, Toyo, Dreamtime

Sometimes, as a bookshop, we get to meet authors or other people very close to a book’s publication.  What a glow surrounds them as their precious creation, which has been so long in the making, is finally ready to meet the world.  Three such new books in our store – all very different from each other – are Global Hive: Bee Crisis and Compassionate Ecology by Horst Kornberger; Toyo by Lily Chan; and Dreamtime: An Age-Related Aboriginal Curriculum for Classes 1 – 7 by Diane Watkin.

Global Hive is essential reading for anyone – no, everyone! – who has ever thought about the environment.  I loved this book!  It is a very readable exploration, firstly, about the bee crisis – colony collapse disorder – which threatens world food production and biodiversity on an unthinkable scale; but, secondly and more profoundly, about ways of thinking about it.  Einstein’s “We cannot solve problems with the same mindset that created them” stimulates the search for an alternative mindset.  Here, Horst introduces some of history’s great thinkers and provokes the reader to enter a different paradigm, where the realm of imagination works in service of humanity, alongside science.  It is a book for our time.

Toyo was brought into The Honeyclock by the author’s father.  He wanted to order copies to send to family in Japan, but lent us a copy to have a look at.  My own connection with Japan goes back to my year spent as an exchange student, aged 17 so, yes, there was a reason for me to read it.  But, oh my, what a beautiful read!  Toyo is the story of the author’s grandmother, a memoir, spanning her life from the traditional world of pre-war  Osaka, through war-time, to her post-war marriage into a Chinese Japanese family, and ultimately migration to Australia.  It was the onset of dementia that prompted Lily to write her grandmother’s story.  I can only describe it as exquisite writing.  Tender, poetic, intimate, touching.  A beautiful read.

Dreamtime reached us by word of mouth, as things often go between teachers, and resulted in a phone call with its author, Diane Watkin who lives in Sydney.  She was just in the process of finalising the second print run, and walking the fine line of balancing cost with quality.  Dreamtime is indeed an age-related Aboriginal [studies] Curriculum for Classes 1 – 7!  As well as stories, drawings, handcrafts and other teaching ideas, each chapter includes a description of developmental considerations for the year level to guide the teacher in programming.  It is aimed at supporting the Steiner class teacher but would be a welcome resource for any primary school teacher.