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Book Review: Five Minute Tales
By: K. Sean Buvala

Five Minute Tales: More Stories to Read and Tell When Time is Short. By Margaret Read MacDonald

Every storyteller, whether a paid professional or someone who uses story as an addition to their primary job or activities, needs to have quick stories to tell in any situation. On the heels of her "Three Minute Tales" book, Margaret has gathered even more quick-to-tell stories from all over the world.

The stories are divided into nine loose categories such as "Origin Tales," "Lessons to Be Learned," and "Riddle Tales." One of the most useful categories is "Tiny Tales" with stories that can be told in under a minute. Storytellers must always be ready to demonstrate their art form to others and these quick tales are great fillers to have in your repertoire.

Dr. MacDonald is one of the leaders in the classification and understanding of world tales, so one of her expanded comments regarding the type and origin of the story follows each tale. This provides excellent material for research for storytelling for teachers or storytelling in the education.

Margaret has written a number of "must have" books for the potential libraries of storytellers, public speakers and teachers of all types of groups. "Five Minute Tales," too, will be a book you use often to fill in that "just right" space in your programs and presentations. Reviews

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