LET'S PRETEND IT HAPPENED TO YOU by Bernice Wells Carlson

LET'S PRETEND IT HAPPENED TO YOU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As a prod to adult-directed creative dramatics, Carlson retells simple folktales, prefacing each with a related warming up exercise. For example, before reading the story of Epaminondas (here he's named Joseph Francis) children are directed to pantomime carrying different objects, and before ""Kind Brother, Mean Brother"" (one digs up a treasure and the other trash) each child is to imagine digging and finding something and asking the others to guess what he finds. The idea, as Carlson explains in an introductory note, is for teachers, Brownie leaders, etc. to encourage children to act out the stories; considering the general quality of plays written for this age group as well as the greater flexibility her method allows, it's worth a try.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1973
Publisher: Abingdon