In this engaging and very personal book, Bob Hartman shares the wisdom he has acquired during his many years as a storyteller, working with everything from one-to-one sharing at bedtime to interactive storytelling for large groups. Bob first explains his philosophy about the power of stories to communicate truths and values, especially to children. He then gets down to the nitty-gritty of storytelling, concentrating mainly on how to retell stories from a variety of sources, and including ideas to help the reader spin their own tales to tell aloud. The book is full of useful tips on how to adapt storytelling to particular situations, using crowd control and audience participation to suit the size of the group and its setting. Bob also includes a wonderful selection of stories he has adapted especially for reading aloud.