Combining enthusiasm and inspiration with practical tips, handouts, and resources, Hamilton and Weiss offer a comprehensive second edition that will be useful to both novice and experienced tellers. Citing studies that confirm the educational value of storytelling, the authors demonstrate how such activities correlate well with state standards that involve language-arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Step-by-step instructions on effective story selection, learning, and telling will empower even the most timid teller. In addition, the authors give many suggestions for connecting storytelling with writing and other classroom activities. Children's librarians, library media specialists, and teachers will appreciate the complete bibliographies, listing "Picture Books for Telling in Four Categories of Difficulty," and anthologies whose stories are coded for levels of difficulty. Unit plans, strong bibliographies, numerous activity and exercise suggestions, ideas for differentiated instruction, and a detailed resource-rich appendix add to the value of this book. The accompanying high-quality DVD shows children and adults telling stories, gives Web links, and includes 25 stories to download and print. This resource goes a few steps further than Nancy Schimmel's Just Enough to Make a Story (Sisters' Choice, 1992) and Kendall Haven's Super Simple Storytelling (Libraries Unlimited, 2000).-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.