Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family

Enrich your family life, connect with your children, and celebrate your ancestors by learning to tell family stories, folktales and nursery rhymes. Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family is a fascinating guide to the art of gathering and telling stories. Written by three renowned storytellers, Telling Tales includes personal stories, how-to tips and extensive resource lists. Storytelling is relationship. Stories become the threads that bind a family. We all tell stories about our experiences and daily life. When we die, it is our stories that are remembered. Family stories remembered and shared help the family, and the individuals who comprise it, to survive and flourish.


“Three professional storytellers collaborate to explain the power and use of storytelling in family life. They cover all aspects of the form–from how to develop a story about your own family to universal myths and legends.” Alison Gzowski, The Globe and Mail

“Telling Tales provides good fodder for the telling but hopefully it will also encourage families to celebrate their own stories — the ones that bind generations together.” Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette

“Highly recommended reading — especially for aspiring storytellers wanting to draw upon their own wealth of family stories, personalities, anecdotes, folklore, songs and poetry.” The Bookwatch

“… In accordance with the principles of storytelling–i.e., that you should demonstrate a point in narrative rather than explicitly state it–Telling Tales is replete with anecdotes from the three authors as they apprehended the craft for themselves.” Jay Smith, VueWeekly

“Sometimes I think that one of the best-kept secrets is the power of the story…. Three of Canada’s most outstanding storytellers have contributed to this welcome revision of the first edition…Telling Tales is highly recommended for all school and public libraries as well as university collections and will be of interest to adults including parents, storytellers, and those interested in Family Studies.” Lorraine Douglas, CM Magazine

“The authors of Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family have created a volume that is at once highly informative and entertaining. This book is a useful compendium of information about storytelling, written especially for parents who want to explore the magic of “tales” with their children. The expertise and experiences of the authors are shared with charm and rich humour.” Kathryn McNaughton, Resource Links


2005 Applied Arts Magazine – Applied Arts Magazine Awards, Editorial Book Cover

2005 Storytelling World – Storytelling World Award, Special Storytelling Resource