Ann Redisch Stampler loves folk tales! She is an award-winning picture book writer, most recently receiving the National Jewish Book Award for The Rooster Prince of Breslov.
The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street is her latest picture book.
The Wooden Sword, a folk tale from Afghanistan, is the very funny, slightly scary, and ultimately uplifting story of what happens when a good shah and a poor shoemaker cross paths in old Kabul.
She also writes for young adults.
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I was lucky enough to be raised in a family that read to me and told me stories, and my love for books and stories has stayed with me throughout my life. The Eastern European folktales that started my picture book career were stories I learned, mostly from my immigrant grandmother, when I was child. With the terrible things that had happened to their families and villages before I was born, my family didn’t talk about Europe at all and was eager for everyone in my generation to assimilate quickly and completely. The only connection I had to that family and those villages was in the folktales I heard. They are very special to me.
I spend most of my time writing, but I love to visit schools, and enjoy events at book festivals and other venues. Most of my visits include interactive, high-energy storytelling, with a bit of background about folklore, emphasizing the rich and varied folklore traditions found in the United States, with our many native and immigrant traditions. Children often discover the possibility of finding stories from around the world in their own classrooms and families when we put stickers on an inflatable globe showing all of the different cities and countries where they, their relatives, and ancestors have lived.
Other presentations focus on writing. We consider different kinds of writing that the children might find compelling. In smaller groups, we talk about and begin to “make-up” stories when we go on a “what-iffing” journey through our imaginations, exploring the process of generating ideas. Writing and imagination-based sessions work best, and seem to generate the most excitement about writing, story telling, and reading, with smallish groups.