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StoryWorld Create-A-Story Kit by John and Caitlin Matthews

Published by Templar Books (An Imprint of Candlewick Press)

Ages: 9-12

Pages: 24

Publishers Summary: Everyone has a key to the world of storytelling. Unlock your imagination.
Welcome to StoryWorld, a box containing forty cards that suggest a myriad of characters, places, and objects that you can use to create your own story. Pick a handful of cards and use their pictures and words as inspiration. You can tell a new story every time the box is opened. Discover more ideas about how to use the cards in THE STORYTELLING BOOK, packed with tips and ideas for creating your story, games to play with the cards, and a sample story written using the cards.
An ingenious toolkit for the imagination, designed to inspire storytellers of all ages.

Open your eyes to world of possibilities. Waiting within the cards are stories upon stories just asking to be told. From characters that include Princes & Kings to places like The Wishing Tree & The Labyrinth, it’s only up to the storyteller to decide which to choose. Pick a few cards and set off on a journey into the magical unknown and possibly even find a few hidden treasures along the way. Now only you, the storyteller, can decide what the outcome of your journey will be.

This is an absolutely brilliant idea, especially for young readers. It actually reminds me of a game I once played with a friend. In the game she had three specific things she ask about, like a place or something, and your answers would determine the way the story would play out. StoryWorld is quite a bit like the game I played with her only flipped. In these stories you create the stories with the items you select from the set of cards. What I enjoyed the most about this set in particular is that not only is it based heavily in the fantasy genre, but that because of that it lends itself rather well to encouraging creativity. Which is something that can often be difficult for visual thinkers. By viewing the cards while creating a story using the questions on the backs of each card it could easily kick-start those creative juices.

If I had any hang ups about the set at all it would be that I’m a fairly shy person. Yes, I know, this may be hard for you all to believe, but honestly it’s quite a bit easier to type behind a computer than chat in person for me. StoryWorld gives a few different options for creating and sharing stories, one of them being in a group setting (2 or potentially quite a few more) and another with your parents. Well, where I’m concerned I found this to be extremely difficult. It could be really fun with a large group, one sentence per person, but with just 2 or 3 I think I’d feel intimidated coming up with something on the spot. My alternative…create it on paper and then share it! I think this could also be fantastic for classrooms as well and teachers could definitely benefit from the aid of the set.

Magical journeys begin with only a few cards and a bit of inspiration from some clever questions in the StoryWorld: Create-A-Story Kit. For young readers who love a fantastic adventure or those who may need a kick-start to get the creative juices flowing, this kit will definitely help. Not only that, but teachers of young readers and future storytellers will want to incorporate this into a classroom setting to provide even more opportunities for growth. StoryWorld is like no other book you’ve ever read before, because it’s the book you create from beginning to end.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 and up. A perfect addition to any fantasy lovers library, but especially wonderful for growing imaginations and blossoming storytellers!

Want to learn a little more? Take a look at the fantastic book trailer for an in depth look at the StoryWorld: Create-A-Story Kit…

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6 Responses to Book Review: StoryWorld Create-A-Story Kit by John & Caitlin Matthews

  1. That is fabulous! My oldest will LOVE that! Thank you for sharing!

    (On an unrelated note, I have an award for you: http://proudbooknerd.com/2011/02/21/a-long-overdue-post/)

  2. Now that looks like one beautiful children’s book.

  3. Gina says:

    What a wonderfully magical bookish treat! I love the sound of it and the creativity it would spark. I can certainly see this being a great game for the little ones…but even maybe for a book club or bookish gathering… *ponders* Great post Danielle…thanks for sharing!

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