Performing Parables: Religious Folk Tales, Legends and Fables for Readers Theater
This large-format paperback workbook offers eighteen scripts for readers theater performance. Powell's introduction estimates that each takes between two and fifteen minutes. The introduction talks effectively about the place of story in religious ritual. It also gives a good sense of readers theater and its potential gifts to a group. The texts themselves include two fables based on the Thomas James edition of 1848. They are MSA (41) and BM (47). Each story begins with a scriptural quotation. After that point, Powell lets the story speak for itself. The former version has a good question put by the outgoing townsman: Is that donkey your own? The latter offers no final point after the good advice given by the mouth to the other members--to the effect that all the members need to work together for the common good. The fables, like a few other stories, are not illustrated here. The illustrated stories have simple religious ornamentation.
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