Friday, 24 June 2016

The Story Shop. Stories for Literacy. Compiled by Nikki Gamble

The Story Shop is a collection of more than 60 short stories. It contains myths, legends, folk tales, fables, trickster stories, humourous stories, adventure stories, mystery stories, historical stories, fantasy, science fiction, stories with familiar settings, stories that raise issues ...all kinds of complete stories for use during English lessons and would serve as a good introduction to a variety of authors to promote reading for pleasure throughout Key Stage 2.  Authors range from Aesop and Arthur Ransome to  the very best for today's children, including Anthony Horowitz, Morris Gleitzman, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Philippa Pearce, Jan Mark, Jeremy Strong, Adele Geras, Paul Stewart, Malorie Blackman, Jamila Gavin and Beverley Naidoo.

It would make an valuable classroom resource, providing models for children's own writing in a variety of genres and styles as well as a resource for guided and shared reading where teachers and children can explore together the structure and features of a whole range of fiction genres. Nikki Gamble, author of Exploring Children's Literature, has used her expertise as a literacy consultant, university lecturer and now independent children's bookseller and reading consultant  to compile this selection. 

All of the stories are worth reading in their own right. It is designed to open reader's eyes and minds to the range of writing available. It's a chance to dip a toe into previously untried literary waters. This collection contains something even for the most reluctant reader. 

Publisher:Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0340911042