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Kamishibai Storycard Theater: Set of 4 Storycards
Author: Retold by Hazuki Kataoka & David Battino
Illustrator: Mario Uribe
Country/Culture: Japan
Language: English
Type of Product: Storycards
Item Number: JY150W
Retail Price: $69.99
ISBN Number:
Description: Storycard Theater・dramas are printed on 12 sturdy, 13-inch-wide (33 cm) cards. They池e small enough to hold comfortably, yet large enough to showcase the colorful artwork. The back of each card features clear, kid-tested text and a smaller version of the image the audience is seeing. Storycard Theater・dramas are designed to be read to children ages 3・, and to be performed by ages 8 and up. They are ideal for groups of up to 25. These storycards are ideal for classrooms, birthday parties, daycare centers, family gatherings, and for students learning English. In fact, many children enjoy performing them for each other, or inventing their own stories based on the artwork.

Colorful History
The kamishibai (kah-mee-shee-bye) format dates back to the 12th century, when Buddhist monks traveled Asia with pictures to enhance their stories and lectures. Between the 1930s and 1950s in Japan, it was common to see kamishibai storytellers in parks, fields, or on street corners ・wherever children gathered. Riding up on bicycles with a small wooden stage mounted on the back, these enterprising men sold candies and snacks to the children, then launched into a dramatic performance. (Children who bought candy got to sit closer.) It痴 estimated there were once 25,000 kamishibai storytellers in Japan. Unfortunately, as television and movies began to lure children indoors, these storytellers gradually disappeared.

How to use Storycard Theater
Storycard Theater・dramas are easy to read and fun to watch. Each card has large, clear text on the back and colorful artwork on the front, which lets you read to an audience while showing it the pictures. (No more twisting your neck to read a picture book!) Here are four simple tips for performing Storycard Theater・effectively.

1. Sort: Make sure the cards are in numerical order. (Each card is numbered on the front.)
2. Position: Hold the stack of cards so that the text faces you and the pictures face the audience. You can rest the cards on your lap or a desktop.
3. Read: With the cards stacked properly, the text on the card facing you will correspond to the picture on the card facing the audience. Read the text.
4. Exchange: When you finish reading a card, slide the card facing the audience to the side with a dramatic flourish and move it to the back of the deck.

Set includes:
Momotara the Peach Boy
Moon Princess
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Cat with No Name
Related Items:
The Cat with No Name Storycard Theater (English/Russian) $15.95
Kamishibai Storycard Theater: Set of 4 Storycards $69.99
Momotaro the Peach Boy Kamishibai Storycard Theater $19.95
Jack & the Beanstalk Kamishibai Storycard Theater $15.95
The Moon Princess Storycard Theater (English/Japanese) $19.95
Storycard Theater Presentation Frame--temporarily unavailable $70.00

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