(** denotes favorite resources)
See Also: Annotated Bibliography by Bill Noonan
Ajjan, D. The Day My Father Died: Women Share Their Stories of Love, Loss and Life. Philadelphia, PA: Running Cliffs, 1994.
Akeret, Ed.D., and Robert U. Family Tales, Family Wisdom: How to Gather the Stories of a Lifetime and Share Them With Your Family. : Henry Holt & Company, 1991. A wonderful guide for elders and their family members in making stories and sense of past experience and finding ways of sharing it with others. (May be out of print.)
Albert Whitman and Company, a publishing company that specializes in books that deal in children’s and families’ concerns (abuse, AIDS, disabilities, divorce, immigration, literacy, prison, substance abuse and more…) Phone for catalogue: 800-255-7675. These books treat subjects realistically, do not place blame but do recognize emotions honestly. Do not underestimate the power of children’s stories on adult listeners.
Alston, Tina “Exploring Feelings Through StoryImaging,” in Storytelling, May 1995.
Atkinson, Robert. The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories and Personal Mythmaking. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1995.
Ban Breathnach, Sarah. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. New York: Warner Books, 1995.
Barchers, Suzanne I., (editor). Wise Women, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1990. Tales for all ages celebrating strong women. Comprehensive and condensed, this collection offers a good start to shaping your own version of the tale. “The Tale Of The Oki Islands” is a story that encompasses abuse and abandonment, and works well with school age children.
Bateson, Mary Catherine. Composing a Life. New York: Penguin, 1990.
Beck, Renee, and Metrick, Sydney Barbara. The Art of Ritual. A Guide to Creating & Performing Your Own Ceremonies for Growth & Change. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1990.
Berendt, Joachim-Ernst. Nada Brahma: The World Is Sound: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1983.
**Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Vintage, 1989. Written by a child psychologist, this is an important theoretical text on the psychological value of fairy tales. While some of the author’s theories have been called into question, the basic concepts are still valuable.
Brett, Doris. Annie Stories. New York: Workman Publishing, 1986. Basic text for parents and therapists to design stories to aid children in coping with fears, loss, pain, siblings and other challenges.
**Brody, Ed; Goldspinner, Jay; Green, Katie; Leventhal, Rona; and Porcino, John, (editors). Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1992. Permission is given in the book for storytellers to use any of the wonderful stories about building community, appreciating differences, conflict resolution, the environment, etc; plus, a list of suggested ages of audiences for each story.
Brook, Peter. The Open Door: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre. New York: Pantheon Books, 1993.
Brun, Brigitte, Pedersen, Ernst, and Runberg, Marianne, (editors). Symbols of the Soul: Therapy and Guidance Through Fairy Tales. London/Philadelphia, PA: Jessica L. Kingsley Publishers, 1993.
Bruner, Jerome. 1986. “Two Modes of Thought, ” in Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1986: 11-43.
Buxbaum, Yitzhak. Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism. : Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.
Callanan, M., and Kelly P. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
Calvino, Italo. Italian Folktales. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1980.
Campbell, Joseph. Hero With a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968.
_____. The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday, 1986.
Carter, Angela, (editor). The Old Wives’ Fairy Tale Book. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.
Chinen, Allen B., M.D. In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life. Illinois: Chiron, 1989.
_____. Once Upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate the Mythic Years. New York: Putnam, 1992.
_____. Beyond the Hero. New York: Putnam, 1993.
_____. Waking the World. New York: Putnam, 1996.
Coates, Celia. “Once Upon a Session: Healing Stories and the Reenchantment of Psychotherapy,” in Common Boundary Jan/Feb. 1990.
**Cole, Joanna. Best-Loved Folktales of the World. New York: Doubleday, 1983. Phone: 800-223-6834. A collection of more than two hundred tales from around the world, arranged by geographical region.
Colum, Padraic. The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1968.
Crimmens, Paula. Storymaking and Creative Groupwork with Old People. London/Bristol, PA: Jessica L. Kingsley Publishers, 1998.
Czarnato, Lorna. Crossroads. New York: Self published, 1999. Phone: 716-837-0551. Contains “Moth To A Flame” about domestic violence.
**Davis, Donald. Telling Your Own Stories: For Family and Classroom Storytelling, Public Speaking, and Personal Journaling. Little Rock: August House, 1993.
Davis, Nancy. Therapeutic Stories that Teach and Heal. MD: Nancy Davis Publishers. Phone: 301-567-9297.
Del Negro, Janice. Lucy Dove. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1998. A version of a traditional Celtic tale that evolved from the author’s search for stories with active heroines.
Dicke, Paula. “Storytelling, ” in Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing, 3rd ed., Snyder, M., and Lindquist, R. New York: Springer, 1998
Dieckmann, Hans. Twice Told Tales: The Psychological Uses of Fairy Tales. IL: Chiron Publications, 1986.
Dwivedi, Kedar Nath, (editor). The Therapeutic Use of Stories. London: Routledge, 1997.
**Edwards, Carolyn McVickar. The Storyteller’s Goddess: Tales of the Goddess and Her Wisdom from Around the World. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991. Thirty inspirational stories organized around the seven Healing Goddess principles and inspired by traditional Goddess lore. Permission is granted in the book for telling these stories.
Epstein, Lawrence J. A Treasury of Jewish Inspirational Stories. : Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993.
Epston, David, and White, Michael. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends. New York: Norton, 1990.
Estes, Ph.D., Clarissa Pinkola. The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.
**_____. Women Who Run With The Wolves. New York: Ballantine Books, 1992. Estes spent twelve years writing this book full of wonderfully potent words and images. Contains a beautiful Inuit version of the seal maiden story, as well as many stories perfect for working with women’s groups such as the “La Loba”, “Skeleton Woman”, “The Red Shoes”, and “The Handless Maiden”. Sounds True, in Boulder, Colorado, sells audio tapes of Estes’ stories that are worth listening to over again.
Evetts-Secker, Josephine. Mother and Daughter Tales. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.
Feinstein, David and Krippner, Stanley. Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1988.
Feldman, Christina, and Kornfield, Jack, (editor). Soul Food: Stories to Nourish the Spirit & the Heart. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.
Fletcher, Susan. Shadow Spinner. New York: Scholastic, Inc. 1998.
Forest, Heather. Wonder Tales from Around the World. Little Rock: August House, 1995.
Frank, Arthur W. The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics. Illinois: The University Of Chicago Press, 1995.
Franks, Beth, and Fraenkel, Danielle. “Fairy Tales and Dance/Movement Therapy: Catalysts of Change for Eating-Disordered Individuals,” in The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol 18, 1991:311-319.
Franzke, Erich. Fairy Tales in Psychotherapy: The Creative Use of Old and New Tales. Lewiston, New York: Hans Huber, 1989.
Gardner, Howard. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1983.
Gellman, Rabbi Marc, and Hartman, Monsignor Thomas. How Do You Spell God?: Answers to the Big Questions From Around the World. : Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
Gersie, Alida. Storymaking and Bereavement: Dragons Fight in the Meadow. London: Jessica L. Kingsley Publishers, 1991.
_____. Reflections on Therapeutic Storymaking: The Use of Stories in Groups. London: Jessica L. Kingsley Publishers, 1997.
**_____. Earth Tales: Storytelling In Times Of Change. London: The Merlin Press, 1992. Contains seven story sections of folktales about the relationship between people and the natural world. Each section includes many original group-style activities to help adults and children explore the story. Hard to find but certainly worth the effort.
**Gersie, Alida, and King, Nancy. Storymaking in Education and Therapy. London: Jessica L. Kingsley Publishers, 1990. U.S.A. Distributor: Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis. Phone: 215-785-5800. The authors have devised step-by-step “structures” for working with folktales and myth, from interactive warm-ups through story presentation on to closure activities, with suggested lengths of time. The “cookbook” approach can be adapted to other stories of choice.
Glassman, Bernie. Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace. New York: Bell Tower, 1998.
Gordon, David. Therapeutic Metaphors: Helping Others Through the Looking Glass. Cupertino, CA: META Publishers, 1978.
Gordon, Susan. “The Powers of the Handless Maiden,” in Feminist Messages: Coding In Women’s Folk Culture. Radner, J., (ed.). Urbana: Univ.of Illinois,1993:252-288.
Gotterer, Shelley. “Storytelling: A Valuable Supplement to Poetry Writing with the Elderly,” in The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol 16, 1989:127-131.
Green, Bob, and Fulford, D.G. To Our Children’s Children; Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come. New York: Doubleday, 1993.
Grolnick, Simon. “Fairy Tales and Psychotherapy,” in Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion and Paradigm, Bottigheimer, Ruth E., (editor). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, 1986.
Gunn Allen, Paula, (editor). Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women. New York: Ballantine Books, 1989.
Haldeman Martz, Sandra, (editor). I Am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted. : Paper-Mache Press, 1994.
_____. If I Had My Life To Live Over, I Would Pick More Daisies. : Paper-Mache Press, 1992.
_____. When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. : Paper-Mache Press, 1987.
Haley, Jay. Uncommon Therapy. New York: W.W. Norton, 1986.
Hammerschlag, M.D., Carl A. The Dancing Healers. New York: Harper Collins, 1988.
_____. The Theft of the Spirit. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
Heckler, Richard, Ph.D. Waking Up Alive: Life Lessons from Survivors of Suicide Attempts. (Publisher and date of publication unavailable.) Based on true life stories collected by Heckler. Also available in audio tape from Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado.
Henderson, Joseph L., and Oakes, Maud. The Wisdom of the Serpent: The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963.
Herman, Judith Lewis. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
Heuscher, Julius E. A Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairytales: Their Origin, Meaning and Usefulness. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas, 1974.
Hillman, James. The Dream and the Underworld. New York: Harpers & Row Publishers, 1975.
Holmes, Kenneth L., (editor). Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters From the Western Trails, 1852, The California Trail. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1985.
Houston, Jean. The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1987.
Justice, Jennifer. Breath of Life: Stories To Nourish The Spirit. Wellfleet, MA: Moonstar Stories, 1996.
Kaminsky, Marc. The Uses of Reminiscence: New Ways of Working with Older Adults. New York: Haworth Press, 1984. A collection of writings on using storytelling with elders as a healing process.
Kast, Verena. Folktales as Therapy. : Fromm International Publishing Corporation, 1995.
Keen, Sam, and Valley-Fox, Anne. Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989.
Keleman, Stanley. Living Your Dying. New York: Random House, 1974.
Kopp, Sheldon. If You Meet the Buddha On the Road, Kill Him. New York: Bantam/New Age, 1972. Kopp is a psychotherapist who uses the classics of Gilgamish, Siddhartha, the Wife of Bath and other folk tales to speak to the healing pilgrimage that we all must take.
Kronberg, Ruthilde, and McKissack, Patricia. A Piece of the Wind. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990. Contains “The Rabbit And The Elephant”, a story from Ghana in West Africa about small creatures who, through rabbit’s wit, come together to deal with a big bully. Great for preschool through third grade.
Kurtz, Ernest, and Ketcham, Katherine. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness. New York/Toronto: Bantam Books, 1992. An anthology of wisdom/spiritual tales from around the world written for those in recovery from alcoholism but works for anyone who wants to include spiritual development in the healing journey.
Kuttner, Leora. “Favorite Stories: A Hypnotic Pain-reduction Technique for Children in Acute Pain,” in American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jan. 1987, 194-200.
Larkin, Dorothy. “Therapeutic Storytelling and Metaphors,” in Holistic Nursing Practice, May 1988, 45-53.
Larsen, Stephen. The Mythic Imagination: Your Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology. New York: Bantam, 1990.
Lawlis, Frank G., Ph.D. “Storytelling As Therapy: Implications for Medicine,” in Alternative Therapies, Vol. 1, No. 2. May 1995: 40-45.
Levine, S. Who Dies?: An Investigation into Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. New York: Doubleday, 1982.
Lipman, Doug. Storytelling Games: Creative Activities for Language, Communication and Composition across the Curriculum. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1995. Phone: 800-279-4663. Classroom-oriented text with numerous games and non-threatening activities.
Livo, Norma J. Who’s Afraid?: Facing Children’s Fear With Fairy Tales. Englewood, CO: Teacher Ideas Press, 1994.
Loya, Olga. Animal Stories. Atlas Video, 1991. A video cassette. Contains “La Cucarachita”. This bilingual folktale from Mexico, always a favorite with school age children, is about a little cockroach who is convinced she is ugly and goes to great lengths to change how she looks. Another version by Maureen Pedone may be found on Stories From The Hearth audio cassette.
Luenn, Nancy. Nessa’s Fish. New York: Atheneum, 1990. An Inuit girl watches over her sick grandmother and protects the fish they caught by remembering what her family has told her to do. Wonderful example of a child as a hero, the value of learning from elders and the importance of family. Good opportunities for audience participation for ages preschool through elementary grades.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller. Bronx, NY: H.W. Wilson, 1986. Phone: 800-367- 6770. A great collection for the beginning storyteller! Stories from around the world are presented in a way that facilitates learning along with ideas on how to involve the audience.
**_____. Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About. Hamden, Connecticut: Linnet, 1992. Includes “Strength”, a powerful Limba tale from West Africa that raises the question as to whether being able to use a gun to kill is a sign of strength or is it, as the animals concur, truly just a sign of death. Very appropriate for middle and high school students. Also, “Not Our Problem” (responsibility), “The Bedouin’s Gazelle” (death), “The War Between The Sandpipers And The Whales” (environment, gangs), “The Lion’s Whisker” (blended families), “Slops” (cooperation/environment), and more.
_____. The Storyteller’s Start-up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales. Little Rock: August House, 1994. Phone: 800-284-8784. If you acquire only one book on storytelling, this is probably the one to get. An up-to-date, clearly written text, full of practical tips and packed with suggestions for follow-up reading; plus, twelve “tellable tales”.
Maguire, Jack. 1985. Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing, and Sharing Tales for Children. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press, 1985. Phone: 617-776-2230. A good introductory text, especially for those working with children; plus, a good section on finding age-appropriate material.
Mair, Miller. “Psychology As Storytelling, ” International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 1. 1998: 125-137.
Marinelli, Staci. “Getting Kids High on Life.” Storytelling, Spring 1993.
Martin, Rafe. The Rough Face Girl. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992. A most accessible version for tellers. This works for most ages and it is a favorite of middle school through high school students.
McAdams, Dan. Stories We Live By: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self. New York: William Morrow, ____.
McKissack, Patricia. The Dark Thirty. New York: Knopf, 1992. Contains worthwhile stories responsive to requests to “Tell a scary one!” Novice tellers should read them to get an idea of sources for other tales that are easier to tell. A favorite for 3rd and 5th graders, “The Chicken Coop Monster”, is about a girl recovering from her parents’ divorce who projects all her fears onto the monster in her grandparents’ back yard. Through the love and understanding of her grandfather, she is able to face her own monsters. “The Conjure Brother” deals comically with sibling rivalry. “The Woman In The Snow” can rivet and engage middle school students in this historical replay of battling prejudice.
McMullen, A., and Yoos, HL. “Illness Narratives of Children with Asthma,” in Pediatric Nursing, 22:4. 1996: 285-90.
**Meade, Erica Helm. Tell It by Heart: Women and the Healing Power of Story. Chicago: Open Court, 1995. Combines myth and personal story to illustrate healing and human possibility.
**Mellon, Nancy. 1992. Storytelling and the Art of Imagination. Rockport, Maine: Element, 1982. Phone: 800-526-0275. This book draws on the motifs and “inner landscapes” of fairy tales to suggest dozens of ideas for creating original stories.
Meyer, Rudolph. The Wisdom of Fairy Tales. Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books, 1981.
Meyerhoff, Barbara. Remembered Lives: The Work of Ritual, Storytelling and Growing Older. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1992.
Miller, Ph.D., Sukie. After Death: Mapping the Journey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Mills, Joyce C., and Richard J. Crowley. Therapeutic Metaphors For Children and The Child Within. New York: Bruner/Mazel, 1986. Wonderfully written book based in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, illustrating approaches in therapeutic storytelling to be used with all ages. A great source for learning about using stories for healing.
Minard, Rosemary (editor). Womenfolk and Fairy Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975. This collection contains “The Stolen Bairn And The Sidh”, an excellent story to share with mothers struggling to win back custody of their children. “Cap O’ Rushes” works well in discussions of abusive childhood experiences.
Myerhoff, Barbara. Number Our Days: A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old People in an Urban Ghetto. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.
Narayan, Kirin. “According to Their Feelings: Teaching and Healing with Stories.” The Lives Stories Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education. Witherell & Noddings, 1991: 113-35. New York: Teacher College Press.
Noonan, William. “Healing Tales: The Metaphors of Folktales Help Cancer Patients in their Therapy.” Creation Spirituality. 1992: 28-30.
Odean, Kathleen. Great Books for Girls: More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today’s Girls and Tomorrow’s Women. New York: Ballantine Books, 1997.
Pearmain, Elisa. Doorways to the Soul: Fifty-two Wisdom Tales from Around the World. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1998. Wisdom tales and commentary for working with stories to support the spiritual/healing path.
Peseschkian, Nosrat. Oriental Tales as Tools in Psychotherapy: The Merchant and the Parrot. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1982.
Phelps, Ethel Johnston. Tatterhood and Other Tales. New York: The Feminist Press, 1978. Stories collected from diverse culture celebrate women with brains and energy.
_____. The Maid Of The North: Feminist Folktales from Around The World. New York: Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, 1982. Contains “The Fair Exchange”, a story to use with mothers who have lost custody due to neglect and are working to regain parental rights.
Pipher, Mary, Ph.D. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994. An important book that looks at the dangers of being young and female and how adults can help.
Polster, Erving. Every Person’s Life Is Worth a Novel. New York: Norton, 1987.
Ragan, Kathleen (editor). Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998. A highly recommended book featuring stories from Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Middle East.
Ransome, Arthur. Old Peter’s Russian Folktales. Ontario: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1967. Contains “The Stolen Turnips” , a story about abuse wherein the author suggests switching the roles of the husband and wife depending on the audience. Some prefer to tell this story with the old woman as the victim who keeps refusing to beat the children (as her husband insists) for stealing the turnips. Also contains “Misery” which is effective with addiction recovery groups.
**Remen, M.D., Rachel Naomi. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. New York: Putnam Publishing, 1996. Dr. Remen is one of the earliest pioneers in the mind/body health field. She is a physician who believes that “the world is made up of stories, not facts.” This book, and the one that follows, shares her life stories and those of her patients. Her world view is one of stunning grace. Her writing is inspirational.
**_____. My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging. : Riverhead Books, 2000.
_____. (editor). Wounded Healers: a Book of Poems by People Who Have Had Cancer and Those Who Love and Care For Them. __: Wounded Healer Press, 1994.
**Rosen, Gail. Darkness and Dawn, One Woman’s Mythology of Loss and Healing. Pikesville, MD: Self published, 1997. Phone: 410-486-3551. Audiotape
_____. Listening After The Music Stops, Stories of Loss and Comfort. Pikesville, MD: Self published, 1998. Phone: 410- 486-3551.
Rylant, Cynthia. The Children of Christmas. New York: Orchard Books, 1993. Contains several wonderful stories, such as “Ballerinas and Bears”, the story of a girl who walks the streets at night, because she has no parents at home to care for her. On Christmas, she lives vicariously through the sights and sounds of those she passes on the street until someone stops to show her that they care.
_____. Every Living Thing. New York: Aladdin Books of Macmillan Publishing, 1985. This book contains twelve deeply moving short stories, each capturing the moment when someone’s life changes because an animal causes a human being to see things differently. “Drying Out” is effective with substance abuse recovery groups.
Sander, Donald. Navaho Symbols of Healing. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1979.
San Souci, Robert, and Pinkney, Brian. Cut From The Same Cloth: American Women Of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale. New York: Philomel Books, 1993. Fifteen funny, stormy, vivid tales of strong-willed, solid-hearted women.
Sawyer, Ruth. The Way of the Storyteller. New York: Penguin, 1942/1977. Phone: 800- 331-4624. Read this one for inspiration! A classic, still full of relevant ideas after fifty years. The author refers to storytelling as a “sharing of heart and spirit” and addresses what she calls the “spiritual” dimension of story work.
Seagraves, Anne. Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West. Idaho: Wesanne Publications, 1994.
Simms, Laura. Moon On Fire: Calling Forth The Power Of The Feminine. : Yellow Moon Press, 1987. Folktales from Africa, Siberia, Hawaii and Persia, each representing symbols of feminine being. Excellent choice for working with women’s groups.
Simpkinson, Charles, and Simpkinson, Anne, (editors). Sacred Stories: A Celebration of the Power of Stories to Transform. San Francisco: Harper, San Francisco, 1993. Twenty-two collected essays by storytellers, therapists, politicians, and poets on the critical role of stories in our individual and communal lives.
Som‚ Malidoma Patrice. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community. Portland, Oregon: Swan, Raven & Company, 1993.
Spignesi, Angelyn. Starving Women: A Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa. Dallas, Texas: Spring Publications, 1983.
Stallings, Fran. “The Web of Silence: the Story-listening Trance,” in The National Storytelling Journal, Spring/Summer 1988, 6-1.
Steiner, Rudolph. The Poetry and Meaning of Fairy Tales. Spring Valley: Mercury Press, 1993.
**Stone, Merlin. Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World. New York: Beacon Press, 1979. Contains “Hina” (Hawaiian), “Songi”, “Lia” (Australian), “PoHaha” and many more myths dealing with women’s issues. “Jezana” and “Songi ” are African tales about abuse and children. Absolutely one of the best resources for myths and legends of women.
Stone, Richard. The Healing Art of Storytelling: A Sacred Journey of Personal Discovery. New York: Hyperion, 1996. Stone uses exercises to elicit personal stories to help heal the wounded heart through the telling.
Surat, Michele Maria. Angel Child, Dragon Child. Milwaukee, WI: Raintree Publishers, 1983. A Vietnamese girl, attending school in the U.S., is lonely for her mother who was left behind. She is tormented by a boy at school because she is different until the school principal forces the children to learn each other’s story.
Trungpa Ch’gyam. The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation. Boston: Shambhala, 1995.
Von Franz, Marie-Louise. The Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairytales. Canada: Inner City Books, 1980.
_____. The Interpretation of Fairy Tales. Dallas: Spring Publications, 1970.
_____. The Feminine in Fairy Tales. Dallas: Spring Publications, 1972.
_____. Shadow and Evil in Fairytales. Zurich, Switzerland: Spring Publications, 1974.
Wallas, Lee. Stories for the Third Ear. New York: Norton, 1985.
Whitaker, Linda. “Healing the Mother/Daughter Relationship Through the Therapeutic Use of Fairy Tales, Poetry, and Stories,” in Journal of Poetry Therapy, Vol 6, No. 1, 1992.
Wild, Margaret. Space Travelers. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1992. A homeless boy and his mother live in a park in a jungle gym shaped like a rocket while they search for a home. Many people are quick to claim abuse or neglect. This story removes the stigma and helps listeners discover solutions.
Wilkes, Sybella. One Day We Had To Run. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1994. Stories about refugee children’s experiences. Contains “The Party.” This story about a bat who was refused admittance to the animals’ party, closes with some compelling words, “Please tell the people of the world that we just want to find somewhere to belong”.
Witherell, Carol, and Noddings, Nel, (editors). Stories Lives Tell. New York: Teachers College Press, 1991.
Wolkstein, Diane. The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales. New York: Schocken, 1978. Phone: 800-331-4624. About two dozen delightful tales, collected “in the field.” The author conveys the excitement of storytelling performances within an authentic oral culture.
Wood, Wendy, and Hatton, Leslie Ann. Triumph Over Darkness, Understanding and Healing The Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse. :, .Through poetry, art and first person accounts, seventy women share their experiences of childhood sexual abuse and the path toward wellness.
Yellow Moon Press, P.O. Box 1316, Cambridge, MA 12238. Phone: 617 776 2230. Excellent catalogue source for quality storytelling books and audiotapes.
**Yolen, Jane (editor). Favorite Folktales From Around The World. New York: Random House, 1986. Phone: 800-331-4624. An excellent collection of folktales arranged by topic: love, wisdom, death…and more. This collection includes other versions of “The Spirit of the Van” and “The Seal Skin”.
_____. The Faery Flag. New York: Orchard Books, 1989. Contains “The Boy Who Drew Unicorns”, the story of a boy who draws unicorns, but refuses to speak because of his unspeakable life, until his teacher took the class on a trip to see the unicorns on the carousel in the park. Works well with teenagers.
______. Dream Weaver. New York: Collins, 1979. Contains “The Tree’s Wife”, the story about a young women who loved a tree and was scorned by the villagers when she bore the tree’s child. Works well with teenagers.
Zipes, Jack. Don’t Bet On the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Tales in North America and England. New York: Routledge, 1989.
_____. Creative Storytelling. New York: Routledge, 1995.