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1. Perfect Pages: Self Publishing
2. Robin Hood (Graphic Revolve)
3. Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business
4. POD for Profit: More on the NEW
5. Readers on Stage: Resources for
6. Stories on Stage: Children's Plays
7. Folktales on Stage: Children's
8. King o' the Cats
9. Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria
10. The Crystal Heart: A Vietnamese
11. The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian
12. The Magic Flyswatter: A Superhero
13. The Atlantis Dialogue: Plato's
14. The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas
15. The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale
16. Forty Fortunes: A Tale of Iran
17. The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic
18. The Magic Brocade: A Tale of China
19. The Monkey King: A Superhero Tale
20. Stories on Stage: Scripts for

1. Perfect Pages: Self Publishing with Microsoft Word, or How to Design Your Own Book for Desktop Publishing and Print on Demand (Word 97-2003 for Windows, Word 2004 for Mac)
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 158 Pages (2006-01-24)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$12.50
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Asin: 0938497332
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Often rejected out of hand as a typesetting tool, Microsoft Word has greater typographic capabilities than even most long-time users realize. With a little tweaking, Word can produce type that few readers could distinguish from the best of Quark or InDesign.In this book, Aaron Shepard gives a tour of the depths of the program, describing the settings, commands, and manual adjustments you need to create type that no book reviewer will scoff at. Skeptical? This book's own typesetting is the proof! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (48)

5-0 out of 5 stars Every writer and self publisher should own this
Perfect Pages is the source to go to for straight to the point information about formatting. I have been struggling formatting books using Word 2007. I bought this book and dusted off my older computer that had Word 97-2003 on it. What an amazing difference! I don't have to struggle with margins changing on their own and I am able to format a manuscript that can be submitted to the printer without having reformatted. Great job Aaron!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to publishing your own book
I'm no novelist, but I needed to produce a number of training manuals for my job and I wanted to a bit better than the usual stapled together sheets of paper or cheap-looking wire bound manual. At the same time, I didn't want to spend an absolute fortune on new software and the like. A friend of mine recommended 'Perfect Pages' and I'm really glad I bought it.

Aaron is a gifted writer: the book is enjoyable and easy to read as well as hugely informative. By reading his book, I learned everything I needed to know about getting my books into low volume production. I now present training courses with my own properly bound and printed books, and I can tell clients that I have books that are available to buy from Amazon "and all good bookshops".

This book is definitely worth the money. With comparatively little effort I now have a new income stream from book sales (only a few hundred dollars a month, but thats better than nothing) and I've got a much more professional image for my business. Brilliant!

3-0 out of 5 stars Down in the weeds
This book is nowhere near the quality of Shepard's other two books on publishing.The problem is that it is too down in the weeds - how to choose which dash to use, or how to choose between proportional or monospace text - without providing the big picture, or guiding a first-time book designer through the process.(And if you're not doing it for the first time, you would not be reading this book.)

It reads almost like a reference - a bunch of disjointed "how to's."And as others have pointed out, the physical book itself is surprisingly amateurish in appearance.

There must be better guides out there.(I just found one:the freely available "Typesetting in Microsoft Word," by Jack M. Lyon.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking to Publish? This Book Can Make It Happen!
If you are at any stage in the preparation of a book manuscript, using Microsoft Word, that you plan to self-publish, then Perfect Pages is the book for you. When you first leaf through your copy your reaction may be, "Why do I need this when I have my expensive Microsoft Word Manual?" The answer is that the hefty Word Manual tells you more than you want to know and leaves you adrift in a sea of too many choices. Shepard zeros in on those options and format considerations that are significant to a book manuscript, directs you on how to set them up, and, most important, explains why you should use them.

And Shephard does not give those topics a light brush. The book is deceptively easy to read, but there is a lot of meat here; material that Shephard probably had to learn the hard way. It is not a book for which you can say "that's good stuff; I must remember to do that" and put aside. You will probably find, as I did, that you have to sit with Perfect Pages in your lap as you type through your document to ensure that all of the rules for punctuation, font selection, letter and line spacing, special text, and layout have been incorporated.

If you're hesitant about taking the plunge into a do-it-yourself book, Perfect Pages, along with Shephard's Aiming at Amazon and Pod for Profit, will give you the knowledge and courage to proceed.

Shephard follows his own advice as you will see when you examine your copy of Perfect Pages. Many publishers using professional editors and book designers point out, with good reason, that many books laid out in Word and self-edited come out looking amateurish. That is because the authors/publishers didn't adhere to Perfect Pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book on how to get perfect pages in your own production of a book!
Perfect Pages by Aaron Shepard is 159 pages long and is all about preparing a book for self publishing, Print on Demand (POD).

I found the first ten pages or so quite heavy going and wondered if I had made a mistake in purchasing this book, but then it all open out well. There was much new information for my own bank of knowledge. Whilst the book is very professional, I felt that it often had too much detail, which over complicated how to layout a book, when there is simpler ways for a first timer who may think that headers and footers etc. are compulsory for a book, when it is not. However, to have the option and how to go about it is good. : )

The book covers both Word and Mac, which I found confusing, which often meant a re-read of a paragraph or sentence, though helpful if you have one or the other. I also came across some good publishing words like: rivers, floaters and widows and orphans and now know what they mean!

The book is laid out really well - hope so, when it all about this subject! And very easy on the eye, with examples of right and wrong sizes, punctuation, print symbols etc. which is most helpful as was the recommended book for certain areas of book layout and production and the how to make an Index in word.

Good book on how to get perfect pages in your own production of a book!
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2. Robin Hood (Graphic Revolve)
by Aaron Shepard, Anne L. Watson
Paperback: 72 Pages (2006-09-01)
list price: US$6.95 -- used & new: US$1.99
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Asin: 1598892193
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Taking from the rich and giving to the poor, Robin Hood and loyal followers fight for the oppressed against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Written in graphic novel format. ... Read more

3. Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on Amazon.com
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 208 Pages (2007-01-01)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$14.35
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Asin: 093849743X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I found this book very helpful as I set out to create my own book "North Pole Marketing". I have highlighted sections, used stick notes on pages and gone back to it many times. The book itself is a great example of how to do what the author recommends.

3-0 out of 5 stars Losing the Trees for the Forest
This book is a good base to look at if you wish to self publish a book. All the basics that are necessary are covered in a comprehenisve way. But to purchase his book alone will not be sufficient. By the author's own admission he states "this book will be out of date by the time it reaches the printer." (page 11)

There seems to a massive increase in the amount of authors self-publishing. The technology today makes it an affordable venture. What is not covered in the book is the excessive amount of work that will be needed to get your work noticed. After your book is available, that is when the serious work really starts!

That set aside, the book will cover all of the options available, and it goes down to the basics of book design, font selection, cover layout and even the types of punctuations to use.

The bottom line is that you will have to write an exceptional book if you want to have a slim chance of success, there is simply no short cut for that. Also, your chances will be better if you are a non-fiction writer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for writers
This is a great book for writers and self-publishers who want to learn how to publish their books on Amazon. It's very straight-forward, and the author's tips are really useful. I also got the author's other book, "POD for Profit" and I will write a review once I read that one.

Very useful, practical information. *note-- this book concentrates on selling through LightningSource.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good advice you can trust
This straightforward book contains a lot of useful information for anyone considering self-publishing. No "secrets," no inflated promises -- just what you can doto increase your amazon sales. Clear explanations and directions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover.
I resisted reading this book for a long time due to its funky cover. He's since improved it, though I still wish he'd use a different image. I disagree with his advice to do the special Amazon cover approach to be designed for easy readability. Sure it stands out, but it looks a bit odd--which may be fine for certain books but not for one about publishing. That said, Aaron does an excellent job of walking you through the self-publishing process in the era of Amazon.
Thanks Aaron for sharing your insights and meticulous research; your help is much appreciated! ... Read more

4. POD for Profit: More on the NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books With Online Book Marketing and Print on Demand by Lightning Source
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 282 Pages (2010-03-01)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$14.40
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Asin: 0938497464
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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CreateSpace uses it. Lulu.com uses it. So do AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, and almost every other self publishing company in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

What is it? Lightning Source, the printer and distributor at the heart of the "print on demand" industry. For the work those companies can't handle themselves, it's Lightning they most often depend on.

So, why pay a middleman? In this follow-up to his groundbreaking book "Aiming at Amazon," Aaron Shepard explores how to double your profit by working directly with Lightning. If you're serious about making money with POD publishing, this book can show you the way.


Aaron Shepard is a foremost proponent of the new business of profitable self publishing through print on demand, which he has practiced and helped develop since 1998. Unlike most authorities on self publishing, he makes the bulk of his living from his self-published books -- not from consulting, speaking, freelance writing, or selling publishing services. In a parallel life, Aaron is an award-winning children's author with numerous picture books from publishers both large and small. He lives in Friday Harbor, Washington, in the San Juan Islands, with his wife and fellow author, Anne L. Watson.


"Aaron Shepard is the undisputed expert at earning profit from POD. Here are the step-by-step instructions for setting up your own publishing operation and optimizing the financial benefits. Following his steps, you will earn two or three times as much per book." -- Bruce Batchelor, author, "Book Marketing DeMystified," and founder and former CEO, Trafford Publishing

"A graduate course and definitive guide for advanced POD publishing." -- Morris Rosenthal, author, "Print-on-Demand Book Publishing"

"A tremendous amount of information that will benefit an author who self publishes not only through Lightning Source but by any other method." -- Kevin Sivils, author, "Self-Publishing with Amazon's CreateSpace"

"Remarkably thorough and readable." -- Jonathan LeBlanc Roberts, Breton Bay Publishing

"Invaluable advice for any small press or independent publishing firm, and an absolute must in today's recessionary market." -- Max Scratchmann, Poison Pixie Publishing

"Could not be more timely or helpful. What a wealth of information . . . and not just what to do, but HOW." -- Malcolm Dell, Elbow Grease Publishing

"Aaron Shepard is exceptional in his ability to keep up with the ever-changing minutiae of the world of self publishing via POD. I wouldn't want to publish without this book within reach." --John Culleton, Wexford Press

"Don't go into publishing without it." -- Grace Bridges, Splashdown Books

"Another gold mine of information from Aaron Shepard. Absolutely required reading for any self publisher." -- Christy Pinheiro, author, "The Step-By-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!"

"Lots of valuable, easy-to-understand information. I will recommend this highly to my self-publishing clients as a reference for their many questions. Even after more than a decade in the business, I learned a few things from this book." -- Jamie Saloff, Saloff Enterprises

"Indispensible if you are considering printing your book POD. Covers every aspect of the process in depth." -- Norma Lehmeier Hartie, Lingham Press

"After Aaron's 'Aiming at Amazon' and 'Perfect Pages,' his new book completes the tool belt allowing small press entrepreneurs to succeed. Learn the elements essential to flourishing as a publisher-and not just any kind-a profitable one!"-T.D. Hollowell, Undiscovered Press

"I wish I had read a book like this before I started publishing." -- Brandon Simpson, Small Town Press

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2-0 out of 5 stars I was not impressed
The truth is - there are better books out there on this topic. This book did not add value to my reasearch of POD. You are not missing anything if you do not read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book!
I was so excited about this book that I stayed up most of the night reading it, the day I got it.

Someone commented that in her opinion the cover is a "blemish for POD" on the grounds that it fails to "represent best practices".

I strongly disagree. The ultra simple cover has several benefits:

1. For millions of people who imagine that getting a book on Amazon is an insurmountable challenge, seeing an utterly simple cover on Amazon makes them think, "heck, even I could create something like that!" Such people do NOT need more examples of highly polished, finely crafted professional covers on Amazon. They need to see something that seems to say, "yes, even YOU can get your book onto Amazon."

2. Secondly, I like that it puts the emphasis 100% on the usefulness of the information contained in the book. Many artistic covers lure you into thinking of the book as an attractive piece of art sitting on your bookshelf. This book has no such artistic aspirations, and for me this book has become something more than a book. It has become the useful information I now have in MY own mind as a result of reading it. Which will do more good? A book that exists mainly as useful information in your mind, or one that exists mainly as nicely packaged information on your bookshelf?

3. Lastly, I think the fact that Aaron Shepard's books sell well DESPITE these kooky covers, actually underscores the high value people are placing on the content, and that serves as an implicit testimonial for the one attribute people are MOST concerned about: the usefulness of the information.

Oh, and I like the guy's sense of humor.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book that after reading it I immediately ordered two of his others (Aiming at Amazon and Perfect Pages).

I hope that helps somebody!

P.S. Editing my review to add this: One thing that comes across in his book and his website is it's clear that he has a strong sense of ethics. Depending on your own ethics that might not be important to you, or it could be the greatest thing of all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jyl Scislow- Author of Moral Hazard-A Wall Street Thriller
Yes!Finally answers to my questions.Have you been wondering if you can forgo the middlemen (self-publishing companies) and print your book yourself-acting as publisher?I purchased this book when I decided to publish my novel on my own.Mr. Shepard answered my question of who pays for shipping.This is a must for all new writers wanting to publish on their own.Moral Hazard - A Wall Street Thriller

5-0 out of 5 stars Bringing Ease and Clarity to a Potentially Daunting Task
I have just sent off my first book files to Lightning Source. Following Aaron's clear, step-by-step directions in POD For Profit has saved me time, energy and numerous gray hairs! Though deciding to go the route of both writing and publishing books obviously entails more work than simply authoring a book, and work that requires a decidedly different skill set, POD For Profit helped me through the decision-making process as to whether or not POD was for me (because it is definitely not for everyone). Then once I'd decided to "go for it", his book walked me through the myriad tasks that would be required to get my book published via this route. Actually, to be more truthful, the word "book" should be "books". I wore out Aaron's Perfect Pages while desktop publishing my manuscript and am well on the way to wearing out his Aiming at Amazon in my plans to improve ranking of my book there.

Without Aaron's POD For Profit, I would still be scrambling around, checking out various POD options, Googling like crazy to find out who I need to contact and when, and taking way too much time from my primary business of writing. Don't get me wrong; I actually really enjoyed working through the publishing process and wearing that hat for the first time ever. But I do have a couple of other books waiting in the wings. Now, thanks to POD For Profit, I can keep the publishing aspect of my business simple and uncomplicated. And that leaves me more time for what I primarily love to do--write.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
Many others have already written four and five star reviews for Shepard's newest book "POD for Profit," but I could not resist.

All that I can say is that everything Shepard says is true. He and Morris Rosenthal are the trailblazers and gurus of using POD for self-publishing. If this is something you are interested in getting involved with, all of Shepard's and Rosenthal's books on the subject are required reading. Rosenthal's "Print On Demand Book Publishing" taught me the business model. Shepard's "Perfect Pages" taught me how to format my work. "POD for Profit," however, is the most detailed of them all, and shows you step-by-step how to get the book distributed as a self publisher.

If you think that this will be easy to do and won't require much effort, you're wrong, and you're better off paying another company to handle the technicalities for you. But, if you're willing to put in the work, Rosenthal and Shepard show you how to navigate the business of self publishing for the first time.

I feel a great debt to Shepard and Rosenthal for sharing their hard earned knowledge with the world. Aside from buying their books, this is a small way of saying "thanks!"
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5. Readers on Stage: Resources for Readers Theater, With Tips, Worksheets, and Reader's Theatre Play Scripts, or How to Do Simple Children's Plays That Build Reading Fluency and Love of Literature
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 110 Pages (2004-08-01)
list price: US$12.50 -- used & new: US$10.99
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Asin: 0938497219
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Want to try reader's theater but don't know where to start? Or have you tried it but want to find ways to bring it more to life? Or are you just looking for a fun, easy way to lure young people into reading fluency, cooperative effort, effective communication, and love of literature?

Readers on Stage is a collection of resources for scripting, directing, and teaching reader's theater, primarily to ages 8 and up. Part 1 offers three sample scripts to learn from and enjoy: "The Legend of Lightning Larry," "Peddler Polly and the Story Stealer," and "The Baker's Dozen." Part 2 highlights each major aspect of reader's theater -- scripting, staging, and dramatic reading -- offering tips and tricks you're not likely to find elsewhere. For instance, you'll learn how young readers can easily create their own scripts! Part 3 provides all the plans, notes, handouts, and worksheets from actual reader's theater workshops, ready for copying. Use them to start with reader's theater tomorrow in a classroom or library, or to lead your own workshop for adults. Finally, Part 4 gives listings of additional resources.

Whether you're working with young readers, training teachers, or directing a professional company, you'll want this unique, detailed guide. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Readers on Stage
I have been assigned at my school to teach Readers Theater as an enrichment class.I teach 6th grade Social Studies at Gilmer Jr High in Gilmer, Texas.Aaron Shepard's web site has been extremely helpful in getting me started so I purchased his Readers on Stage to get some background.I have only started the class and have really enjoyed the book and all the helpful hints.The material is presented in such a way to make, what could have been a miserable six weeks, to be something I am looking forward to sharing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, motivating way to get kids to read and perform!
As an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, I've been thrilled by how much my students have enjoyed the chance to read and perform reader's theater. I would recommend Aaron Shepard's books to anyone interested in creative ways to teach literacy skills. The stories are fun, there are plenty of parts so that you can involve lots of kids, and they're also good for discussing story elements--especially character and plot. Once you've used one, you'll want them all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Reluctant readers
My 4th grade students beg me to let them do these and they love to share them with other classes.It has greatly helped increase their fluency.

5-0 out of 5 stars Readers on Stage
I applaud Aaron Shepard on his gift to educators. This book is very good and user-friendly. Congratulations!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very user friendly!
Using the Reader's Theatre format is becoming more and more popular in Language Arts, Communication Arts, History, and Drama classes in public schools. Teachers, you do not need to take a summer workshop to use Readers Theatre. This book takes you by the hand and effortlessly guides you through the process.
Your students will love this participation activity! ... Read more

6. Stories on Stage: Children's Plays for Readers Theater, With 15 Reader's Theatre Play Scripts From 15 Authors, Including Roald Dahl's The Twits and Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 164 Pages (2005-07-15)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$12.00
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Asin: 0938497227
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stories on Stage is a collection of reader's theater scripts for young readers, adapted from stories by fifteen different authors, including Louis Sachar, Nancy Farmer, and Roald Dahl. Coming from such genres as humor, fantasy, and multicultural folktales, stories were selected for their dramatic quality, literary value, and appeal to young people. The scripts may be freely copied for noncommercial purposes. With a focus on ages 8 to 15, the collection features a wide range of reading levels.

The scripts in this collection are-- "Three Sideways Stories From Wayside School," by Louis Sachar -- "Mr. Twit's Revenge," by Roald Dahl -- "Millions of Cats," by Wanda Gag -- "Tapiwa's Uncle," by Nancy Farmer -- "How Tom Beat Captain Najork," by Russell Hoban -- "Harriet," by Florence Parry Heide -- "Mr. Bim's Bamboo," by Carol Farley -- "Talk," by Harold Courlander -- "The Jade Stone," by Caryn Yacowitz -- "The Bean Boy," by Monica Shannon -- "The Kid from the Commercial," by Stephen Manes -- "The Fools of Chelm," by Steve Sanfield -- "Mouse Woman and the Snails," by Christie Harris -- "Westwoods," by Eleanor Farjeon -- "The Legend of Lightning Larry," by Aaron Shepard. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Reader's Theater
I wanted plays that were interesting and could be used with 5th graders. Some of the plays were bland and of no interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Theatre Teachers:This Is What You Need
This book is formatted so easily, it took me MUCH less time than I thought it would to prepare a unit on reader's theatre for my class.I used it for my high school theatre class so they wouldn't have to concentrate on large vocabularies, but rather to deliver the story in a simple, easy way.It was a HUGE success of a project and this book made it possible.It tells you how long each story is, what cast you'll need, and what reading level it is!!Yay!!!
The stories themselves are entertaining (even for high school!!!), compelling, and really fun to work with.I am SO grateful I ordered this!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
Aaron Shepard is a generous contributor to the field of Reader's Theatre. This book is no exception. It's well-laid out and chock-full of interesting scripts. I've recommended to several folks interested in RT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Helpful
This book was written in clear language. It was helpful to me as a novice. ... Read more

7. Folktales on Stage: Children's Plays for Readers Theater, with 16 Reader's Theatre Play Scripts from World Folk and Fairy Tales and Legends, Including Asian, African, Middle Eastern, & Native American
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 180 Pages (2003-09-01)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$12.60
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Asin: 0938497200
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Folktales on Stage is a collection of reader's theater scripts for young readers, adapted by award-winning children's author Aaron Shepard from his own folktale retellings. A wide variety of countries and cultures is represented, including Native America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia, and China. The scripts may be freely copied for educational, noncommercial purposes. While aiming mostly at ages 8 to 15, the collection features a full range of reading levels. 
Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of numerous picture books and magazine stories, as well as two other books on reader's theater, "Readers on Stage" and "Stories on Stage." Aaron spent five years as a professional actor in reader's theater, performing in schools and conducting workshops for teachers and students. He now hosts Aaron Shepard's RT Page, the Web's most popular reader's theater destination, with visits by thousands of teachers and librarians each week.
"The Adventures of Mouse Deer" (Indonesia, Malaysia)
"The Calabash Kids" (Tanzania)
"The Hidden One" (Native America)
"The Boy Who Wanted the Willies" (Europe)
"The Princess Mouse" (Finland)
"The Legend of Slappy Hooper" (U.S.)
"The Gifts of Wali Dad" (India, Pakistan)
"The Baker's Dozen" (U.S.)
"Master Maid" (Norway)
"The Magic Brocade" (China)
"Forty Fortunes" (Iran)
"Master Man" (Nigeria)
"Savitri" (India)
"The Enchanted Storks" (Iraq)
"The Crystal Heart" (Vietnam)
"The Sea King's Daughter" (Russia)
"While the experts argue about the 'right' way to teach reading, Aaron is in the middle of the action, inspiring our kids to read aloud with fluency, comprehension, expression, and best of all, joy." -- Judy Freeman, Author, More Books Kids Will Sit Still For 
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Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent RT resource for Teachers
Do you want an engaging activity to use with elementary students that fosters reading, performing and listening skills?Aaron Shephard's book is a wonderful resource for K-8 teachers to use in the classroom.This book has a variety of texts adapted for Reader's Theater from all parts of the world.It has been a great addition to our reading lessons!

5-0 out of 5 stars Folktales on Stage A Must Have Teachers Resource!
As a teacher of the gifted I find reader's theatre a creative avenue for teaching literacy and creative dramatics.Aaron Shepard does a great job providing interesting, well organized scripts with a rich selection of myths, folktales, and legends.I greatly appreciate this valuable resource!

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the classroom!
The grade and school where I teach stresses folktales, legends and myths.I also wanted to try to get this in a "Reader's Theater" format.This book does just that!Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for students with special needs
As a teacher of children with learning disabilities, I rarely find an activity that relates to the standards, a child's IEP, and is one that students rave about.This is entertaining as well as educational.

5-0 out of 5 stars half.pint@cox.net
I love all of Aaron's books.As a future teacher who believes today's students don't know enough of the world's folktales, I know I will be using this book in my future classroom.I especially like the story of "The Sea King's Daughter."It is a wonderful story and Aaron Shepherd has done a wonderful job of adapting it and the other stories in this collection for readers' theater.I can't wait to see what he will do next. ... Read more

8. King o' the Cats
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 32 Pages (2010-01-19)
list price: US$11.99 -- used & new: US$6.83
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Asin: 1442412569
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Have you ever seen a cat wearing a crown? Or noticed a group of cats hunting a dog?

Young Peter Black has, but no one believes him! Peter is positive, though, that there's something a little odd about all the cats in town, and he's determined to get to the bottom of it. With vibrant illustrations by Kristin Sorra, Aaron Shepard retells a classic English folktale that will have readers looking twice at their cats! Meow, meow... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Vibrant drawings bring an old English folk story to life
Kristin Sorra's vibrant drawings bring an old English folk story to life in Aaron Shepard's engaging King O The Cats. What kind of intelligence can cats have? Young Peter Black has noticed some strange things happening among the local cats lately; but nobody will believe his wild tale. His investigation of what is affecting all the cats in town reveals a changing world brought on by a single leader.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Special Book
First the disclaimer: I am the author's wife. BUT...Wait...Before you decide to skip this review, let me add something.

I've never reviewed any of his other books.

So why this one?

King o' the Cats is a very special book. It's a slightly spooky story with twists and surprises in both the plot and the characters. It dramatizes truth and imagination, creativity and conformity.

But mostly, it's a delight. A special book, a special gift--for children, grownups, cat lovers, and anyone at all who enjoys a good story.

By the way, Aaron has a reader's theater script of this book available online at www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE36.html

5-0 out of 5 stars King of Cats Rules!!!
Aunt Mary read _King o' the Cats_ to niece Robin, age 8, who really loves cats.She liked it all, especially the coronation scene.Robin is involved in Renaissance Faire activities and is attuned to the rituals of royalty.Aunt Mary liked the irony of Father Allen gaining a reputation for telling tall tales.Also, the illustrations were lovely, dark and appropriately spooky.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Children at the Gaston, Oregon Community Library
I read "The King O' the Cats" to a group of children ranging in age from kindergarten through 5th grade. After hearing the story, all the children thought this was a good book to read to kids, but that it might be too scary for the younger ones.They all like cat stories and liked how the cats helped prove Peter's "stories" to be true.They thought it had to be something important to get the cats to talk to people, though.
The illustrations lead to discussions on how the pictures were used to bring out the most important parts of the story, such as how the King of the cats stood out from the crowd as he was being crowned and thought it was interesting that the priest looked angry but spoke kindly to Peter.
There was the one child who prefered books with non-talking cats, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars King O' the Cats is Cool!
Our class really liked the book King O' the Cats.Kelly enjoyed the crowning of the cats, and all the cats going meow, meow.Mary enjoyed the details, which made her want to read more and more.Cheyenne liked how in the beginning Peter was making up stories, and at the end, the priest does the same things.Marissa feels that the book was "fantastic and funny."She especially liked when Tom jumped up and shouted "Then I'm the king o' the cats!"Diana enjoyed reading about Peter's shortcut.Shannon liked it when the cat hit his head!Alex B. liked the cats on the foxes chasing the dog.Brittany's favorite part was the cats in the church. Alex C. made a text-to-self connection, since he has cats, and he felt bad when his cat died.Daniel H. made a text-to-text connection-it reminded him of The Secret Shortcut.Destin also made a text-to-text connection, with The Boy Who Cried Wolf.(He also feels this book should get a medal!)Efren liked when the cats cried for the dead king cat.Morgan liked the whole book, but especially when the cats were speaking.Preston says, "I love your book, oh yes I do!"Ty liked when Tom went up the fireplace chimney, and he liked the title, too.Michelle wants Aaron Shepard to write a King O' the Cats part 2! ... Read more

9. Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria
by Aaron Shepard
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2000-12)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$40.66
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Asin: 0688137830
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shadusa was STRONG. When he gathered firewood, he hauled twice as much as anyone else. When he hunted, he carried home two antelopes at once.

One day he said to his wife, Shettu, "Just look at these muscles. I must be the STRONGEST man in the world. From now on, just call me Master Man...

"Quit your foolish boasting," Shettu replied. "No matter how strong you are, there will always be someone stronger. And someday you may meet him!"

In this traditional Hausa tale of superheroes, Shadusa must learn a lesson harder than his own muscles. Is he the ultimate Master Man?

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"Once there was a man who was strong," begins this energetic, comic-strip style adaptation of a Nigerian tall tale. Bragging to his wife one day, Shadusa says "Just look at these muscles! I must be the strongest man in the world. From now on, just call me... Master Man!" His wife Shettu warns him against his foolish boasting: "No matter how strong you are, there will always be someone stronger. And watch out, or someday you may meet him." When he learns that a man from another village calls himself Master Man, too, Shadusa soon rues the day he talked so big. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the other Master Man eats entire elephants at one sitting, after killing them with his bare hands! Trying to escape from him, Shadusa runs smack into yet another Master Man, who is soon locked in deadly combat with the elephant-eating one until "each gave a mighty leap, and together they rose into the air. Higher and higher they went, till they passed through a cloud and out of sight." To this day, the two giants still battle in the sky, making the noise that some people call thunder.

This traditional Nigerian story is one of many about fighting he-men, starring the stock character Mijin-Maza or Namji-Mijin-Maza, otherwise known as "A Man Among Men," "Manly Man," or "Superman." Caldecott Medal recipient David Wisniewski's playful cut-paper collages, set in comic-strip frames complete with speaking bubbles for dialogue, feature the colorful patterns and textures of Nigerian clothing and landscapes. With this unusual picture book, professional storyteller Aaron Shepherd spins a boisterous, action-packed read-aloud. The author's note in the back explains the story's origins with the Hausa, the largest ethnic group of northern Nigeria. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best
The story follows the Nigerian oral tradition and tells the tale of boasting and pride. Growing up in the American culture, we hear explanations of why we have thunder and lightening. Folk tales often say it is the angels bowling, but in Nigeria the story is about Master Man. A delightful look at a different culture's explanation of daily events.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tall Tale Book
I read this book to fourth graders and they loved it!They were excited about the what was happening to the main character.This is a great book to use while talking about exaggeration.There are several examples of exaggeration throughout the book and it's a fun read aloud.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful, Well Told Tale
Foolish Shadusa thinks he's the strongest man in the world and orders his wife to call him "master man".But his wise wife warns him:"Quit your foolish boasting.No matter how strong your are, there will always be someone stronger.And watch out, or someday you may meet him."But Shadusa doesn't listen and when he hears that another man in a nearby village also calls himself "master man", he sets off to confront this imposter and ends up learning his lesson the hard way..... Aaron Shepard and award winning illustrator, David Wisniewski have authored an inspired and creative version of this old Nigerian folktale.The story, told in comic book format, complete with dialogue bubbles, is full of expressive, action packed scenes and colorful, detailed collage artwork that becomes busier and bolder until it almost spills off the pages.The book includes an author's note at the end and youngsters will enjoy learning about the origins and history of this folktale.Perfect for children 4-8, Master Man is a terrific read-aloud story the whole family can share and will make a wonderful addition to all home libraries.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!
This book was really funny!The illustrations were really creative.The words are put right on the illustrations like a comic book so you feel really involved.I like tall tales, and this one is exceptional.The characters are very entertaining and they reminded me of people I know. Everyone should read Master Man -- even grownups! ... Read more

10. The Crystal Heart: A Vietnamese Legend
by Aaron Shepard
Hardcover: 40 Pages (1998-09-01)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$34.16
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Asin: 0689815514
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Mi Nuong, the daughter of a great mandarin, hears an enchanting song from a singer who may be the man she is destined to marry. It is only that man and his lovely song that can cure Mi Nuong when she becomes ill. Written in elegant prose and visually told with stunning illustrations, this story from Vietnam reveals the power of expectations--and of words. Full color. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a heart touching story
Being a beautiful daughter of a wealthy mandarin, My Nuong had always beenstaying in her great house with the servants and surrounded herself withrichness. But, she was very unhappy for she often felt lonely and had nofriend to share her feeling with. One day, she heard a lovely piece ofmusic which come from a bamboo flute of a fisherman name Truong Chi fromthe nearby sea. The music was so mesmerizing that it has capture her heartimmidiately. She never felt anything like this and she has began thinkingof it as "true love". Although she had never know of thefisherman's face, she has made a promise of giving him her hand inmarriage. For some reason, the fisherman did not come to the sea to playthe music anymore and this affect My Nuong deeply. She is very upseting andstart to misses the music which make her now very ill. Her father try tofind doctors who could cure her of this illness but none succeed. When MyNuong told him about the man and the music she had fall in love with, hesent for Truong Chi. But fate had been cruel to them for at the moment shelook at him, she was disgust with his uglinessthat she hated him. TruongChi, with the first time saw My Nuong, had fall in love with her too. ButMy Nuong cast him away and being too heart-broken, Truong Chi died of asilent death. His heart had magically become crystal and unknowingly, MyNuong had carved it into a beautiful cup to use when drinking tea. Butsomehow, My Nuong heard the same music of Truong chi from the crystal cupand she had cry in regrets and sorrow for the unfortunate fisherman. Hertears roll down into the cup and had broking the seal which set TruongChi's soul free. Such a loving story and a must-read one that no one couldforget but thinking of it always. Love come from heart not appearances justas this story tells us. ... Read more

11. The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 40 Pages (2001-02-01)
list price: US$11.99 -- used & new: US$11.99
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Asin: 0689842597
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Set in the city of Novgorod long ago, the story tells of the poor musician Sadko, whose fortunes change when he is called to play at the Sea King's palace. Adventure, romance -- and a heartbreaking decision -- await the musician when he encounters the Sea King's beautiful daughter. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Great if your into stories with Poligamy
The artwork is beautiful I have to say, but we're giving it away.Legend, fact or folk lore, if it teaches or presents principles we don't believe in we don't want it in our home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rendering
A handsome retelling of this Russian folktale with superb illustrations by Gennady Spirin. A wonderful gift to give for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Visual Masterpiece
Gennady Spirin is one of the greatest illustrators of our day, adapting his style to various ages and lands.In this beautiful book he is in his homeland of Russia, and the costumes are exquisite!A must have for all lovers of water folk and faerie tales.

5-0 out of 5 stars The illustrations are amazing!
Here is another children's book that I bought for Gennady Spirin's illustrations. What can I say? What a talented artist Spirin is. Look for yourself. You'll be surprised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite artwork by Gennady Spirin of a Russian legend
The story of the legendary Russian hero Sadko comes from a byliny, an epic ballad, composed by a minstrel during medieval times, although today it is better known as an opera by Rimsky-Korsakova.The story is set in the city of Novgorod, which was on the banks of the River Volkhov on a major trade rout that made it the greatest commercial center of medieval Russia."The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend," reflects the Russian legend that every river has its own nymph, who is the daughter of the great Sea King into whose water all rivers flow.At the start of this story Sadko is but a simple musician who lives in river port city of Novgorod the Great who spends each day attending the feasts of the city's rich merchants where he plays his 12-string gusli as the guests dance.But while many a fair maiden catches his eye, they all belong to rich families that would never accept a poor musician.

However, one night Sadko's music reaches the ears of the Sea King himself, who had come to the River Volkhov to visit his daughter, Volkhova.The Sea King insists that Sadko must come and play his wonderful music in the great hall of the huge palace beneath the sea.Even if the title of this legend was not "The Sea King's Daughter" you would already have an idea of where this story, retold by Aaron Shepard, is going.However, there is a very interesting twist to the tale and one which provides a nice insight in the Russian character.This is not a predictable story and young readers will be struck by how different it is from the other fairy tales on which they have grown up.

Regardless of what you think of the story, the illustrations by Gennady Spirin are worth picking up this oversized storybook.The front piece claims that these are watercolors, which I find hard to believe, but I am in no position to question the assertion.These are finely detailed illustrations that remind you of some of the most exquisite Renaissance paintings that you have seen, although these are clearly part of the folk art tradition as well (you do not see lobsters wearing armor on their legs in high art).The two-page spreads of the feast in Novgorod and the court of the Sea King are marvelously detailed.My favorite is the painting of the Sea King first appearing to Sadko.The cover painting of the title character is rather subdued in comparison and does not prepare you for the wondrous art you will find inside this book.. ... Read more

12. The Magic Flyswatter: A Superhero Tale of Africa, Retold from the Mwindo Epic (Ancient Fantasy)
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 44 Pages (2008-01-01)
list price: US$6.00 -- used & new: US$5.37
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Asin: 0938497391
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The storyteller stands beside the fire, swaying, dancing, miming, singing, reciting. With one hand he shakes a gourd rattle, with the other he swings a conga -- a flyswatter made with a buffalo tail on a wooden handle. Anklet bells tinkle as he moves. Three young men beat a wooden drum with sticks.

Listening to him is a crowd of men, women, and children. They sing along at a song's refrain, they repeat whole lines of the story when he pauses to see if they're paying attention. They encourage him with little shouts, whoops, claps. Food and drink are passed around.

In a mountain rainforest of the Congo, a Nyanga village hears once more the tale of its favorite hero -- Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking . . . .

For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I am Mwindo!
The kids can't stop chanting "I am Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking!"Good book for kids!

3-0 out of 5 stars it ok
This is more for children, I found the whole thing very repetitive
and simplistic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique
I really enjoyed this book. I really, really liked this book. It is always interesting to read stories that kids from another part of the world grew up hearing about. Every culture has their own brand of folklore that has been passed down through the generations.

This one is so different from any I have ever read. It is about "A Superhero Tale of Africa". The main character is Mwindo. As he lays in his mothers stomach waiting to be born; he decides he does not want to come out as other babies do. So he climbs out of his mothers navel. He jumped down ran around the room. In his hand was a conga flyswatter, with a handle of wood and a swatter of buffalo tail.

He Sings:
I am Mwindo,
the one born walking,
the one born talking.

My father She-Mwindo does not want me.
My father the chief wants to kill me.
But what can he do against me?

There is so much I would like to say about this book. But I do not want to spoil it for anyone. I can say in the end you will find something that all children around the world want and need. This book will not disappoint you. It is a must read.

Thanks again Mr. Shepard for giving us another great book. ... Read more

13. The Atlantis Dialogue: Plato's Original Story of the Lost City, Continent, Empire, Civilization
by Plato
Paperback: 60 Pages (2001-02-01)
list price: US$6.00 -- used & new: US$2.83
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Asin: 0938497154
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Atlantis was first introduced to world literature by the Greek philosopher Plato in two "dialogues" he wrote in the fourth century B.C. His tale of a great empire that sank beneath the waves has sparked thousands of years of debate over whether Atlantis really existed. But did Plato mean his tale as history, or just as a parable to help illustrate his philosophy?

In this book, you'll find everything Plato said about Atlantis, in the context he intended. Now you can read and judge for yourself! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Plato's Atlantis
This is a very small book, but then it contains all that Plato managed to tell us about the mysterious island nation of Atlantis.Very nice to have it all compact in one source.I wanted more, but then so have generations of people.A valuable resource.

4-0 out of 5 stars Atlantis Primer
In my quest to obtain and read on the story of Atlantis, I learned that only Plato ever actually wrote about it. That being the case, I went in search of the writings that would allow me to see the original story, and not the convoluted versions handled by the Atlanian Conspiritors. That said, I have learned that it was the Timaeus and Critias which it was described.

I am glad I did get this book, I also obtained the Penguin Classics Timaeus and Critias, because I learned a lot. For example: The orininal tale of Atlantis was not about Atlantis only. It was really a tale of Athena and the war Athens had to fight against the Atlanean invaders.

Further, it increased my belief that such places did exist and that Atlantis is probably under the Atlantic ocean due to the wide spread influence Atlantis had, and the further reference to how Athens freed all the other nations, including Lybia and Egypt, from the domination of the Atlanteans.

If you want to simply read about the Athens-Atlantis war and cultures, then this is the book for you. If you want more on the Myth part of the tale, then go for the Penguin Classic, Timaeus and Critias (Warning, Timaeus and Critias removes from the historic reference of Ancient Greece as a polytheistic society and puts it into a duplex theology of a Single God, who made the other

I understand all things in a book must be questioned.
I found this book very interesting and enlightening.
I recommend an objective mind to review this book and enjoy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars From a Theatrical point of view
I enjoyed the dialogues immensely, however, one who is looking for a more in depth look into Plato's philosopies on this "Utopic Society, Atlantis", this is not the book.From a theatrical perspective it is great fun and the imagination takes over.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Atlantis Dialogue: A Handy Primer
The first best thing to do when seriously curious about a legend like Atlantis is to become familiar with the source materials from which it sprang, in order to expose later embellishments. Enhancements added over time commonly render otherwise believable original accounts into fanciful yarns, believable only as myths. (Sorting out the embellishments from legitimate research findings is another task.) This book presents that source account; the whole and nothing but. It is much like an archaeological find; a genuine relic dug up.A bit pricey for its size; its main sellig point is convenience: Quick, easy, portable reference, without the bulk of the full dialogues; and its slim enough to fit into a notebook. The editor seems to hint of bias in the introduction; but, the text itself is plain and free of italics, paraphrasing, and other editors' devices, and is not a new translation. To me, this oldest version reads like a new one. I found no mention of lasers, energy vortices, or power crystals. I did find an eerily familiar description of a civilization whose construction and archetectural achievements and innovations were no more astounding, and certainly no less, than those of the Egyptians, Chinese, Romans, Maya, or Inca, most of which remain equally mystifying. I was far more intrigued by the plausibility of this story than by the modern myth it has become. Atlantis must remain a myth until someone finds it. On the other hand; the city Ilios of Troy was also another myth invented by another ancient author for another work of fiction, until it was discovered in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann, using Homer's Iliad as his guide. If Atlantis can be found, the lead clues are in this work. ... Read more

14. The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-10-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$62.00
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Asin: 0689830564
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ever wondered where the term "baker's dozen" came from? Here's an unusual holiday tale drawn from an old folk tradition that answers that question. Aaron Shepard creates a world where it is not unusual for Saint Nicholas himself to make an appearance and for Christmas magic to appear in the form of holiday cookies. In old New York, a local baker learns an important lesson in generosity and so will young readers as they pore over the richly illustrated pages of this timeless, unforgettable book. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars average story
After all the rave reviews I read about this book, it was a little disappointing in its content. I was pleased to find it for a good price after seeing some going for $50-60. Book was in pretty good condition except for a musty smell and two pages containing someone's dried boogers. I returned it and the seller was very gracious about it. I don't think it is a must-have Christmas book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where is this book for a decent price?
I've been looking for this book to use in my first grade classroom as part of our "December Holidays Around the World" unit but I'm NOT paying upwards of $[...] for it! It's even pricey on Ebay. Hear me oh REPRINT GODS....time to roll this one out again for another run!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Baker's Dozen, a Saint Nicholas Tale
This is a delightful story to read to your children during Advent, particularly around the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6.

I think this book is a nice change of pace for children who are already aware of who St. Nicholas is and his history as a bishop.This story is set in Albany, New York, probably in the 18th or 19th century.We just know that it was before modern times and certainly before the days of the super grocery stores!

The story centers on the baker, Van Amsterdam, a good baker and honest businessman who gives his customers exactly what they pay for, "not more and not less."Although that is very legal and very fair, it's not exactly fun is it?In the long run it also proves to be bad for business when a mysterious old woman enters the bakery and asks for 13 St. Nicholas Cookies and insists that 13 makes a dozen.When Van Amsterdam reiterates his motto and only gives her 12 cookies the old lady curses him as she leaves with the words, "Fall again, mount again, learn how to count again!"

After that Van Amsterdam's business falls off and his baking suffers.A dream of the good saint and his genorosity turn Van Amsterdam's heart around and changes his business practices.In the end he learns that a few freebies are actually good for business, and for his own heart!

The illustrations are colorful and interesting.My kids loved to look at the detail in them.This is another nice book to read during the Advent season!

5-0 out of 5 stars Teaches The Real Meaning of Christmas
This is a gorgeously illustrated book that teaches a wonderful lesson about the spirit of generosity.Who can condemn the baker who is perfectly fair?St. Nicholas, cloaked as an old woman -- who shows him that by giving more of his own possessions, he will in turn receive greater rewards.This is a great way to teach young children about the the joy of giving, and about the life of St. Nicholas. The "truth" about Santa is that there WAS a saint who gave to the poor, filled stockings and dropped gold coins down chimneys at night -- this book could launch older kids on a study of the real saint's life and how Santa traditions arose.My six year old boys aren't ready for that part yet, but they love the story of the baker, and this year we're going to try to bake gingerbread cookies to resemble the baker's St. Nicholas cookies on St. Nicholas Day.(Some clever marketer ought to package this book with a cookie cutter and recipe, because the cookies are beautiful!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful childs book!
I gave this book to a 6 year old daughter of a close friend four years ago, and it became her favorite book for months.It still comes out on Christmas four years later.

I recommend it to any parent - especially if they live in the Albany, NY area. ... Read more

15. The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan
by Aaron Shepard
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1995-05-01)
list price: US$16.00
Isbn: 0684194457
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A simple grass cutter named Wali Dad gives a bracelet to the queen of Khaistan, whose lavish return gift he sends to the king of Nekabad, whose gift he sends to the queen, prompting a meeting of the two by-now-fascinated rulers. By the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hooper. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A delightful foray into the joy of simplicity.
Wali Dad is my all-time favorite of Aaron's books for children (and they are all a close race!). The comic book style and quality of the illustrations are a pure delight, and the story telling is true andcompelling. Do not miss the joy of reading this book to yourself and to anychildren you know. ... Read more

16. Forty Fortunes: A Tale of Iran
by Aaron Shepard
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1999-08-23)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$6.46
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Asin: 0395811333
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The royal treasure has been stolen, and not even Iran's finest diviners can locate the forty fortunes. When the King turns to Ahmed to find the treasure, Ahmed is certain that he will be thrown in prison. Yes, he was able to locate a missing ring, but that was pure luck, and he knows that he has no real fortunetelling skills. He has only forty days to find the forty fortunes. Will he find a way to locate the treasure-and save himself-before the time is up?This retelling of a traditional Iranian folktale, charged with humor and action, is paired with fabulous jewel-toned illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For Adults and Students!
This is a great story! Some adults that I shared the story with enjoyed the book a great deal and I look forward to using it in my classrooms!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read and fun for the kids
This book is colorfully illustrated with lots of funny looking characters and is set in an enchanting city. The book is a pleasant read for kids at bedtime and I recommend it.

It was a nice touch to see the page titled "how to say the names" with the phonetic equivalents written next to them - as we know many names can be mispronounced. However, it was disappointing to see that they made a typo on the phonetic equivalent word for IRAN! It says eer-ON instead of ee-RON.I hope they correct this mistake if there is a reprint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great folk story from an ancient land
Excellent English translation of the folk story. I have heard a couple of other versions of this story when I was growing up in Iran. It was a (very)pleasant surprise to see that the story has been translated. Theillustrations are remarkable. You can see the old Persian architecture, thecostumes, the robes and turbans, yet the characters are cartoonish andextremely funny. I hope to see more Persian folk stories by the author andillustrator.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful example of design and illustration
This book is wonderful. I love the way Alisher Dianov illustrates hischildrens books. This book would be a fine addition to any library, childor adult. ... Read more

17. The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic, Retold from the Mabinogion (Ancient Fantasy)
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 48 Pages (2007-01-01)
list price: US$6.00 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 0938497367
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A thousand years ago, in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales, great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers. In timbered halls, for days on end, heaps of meat and bread were washed down with gallons of beer and mead. And in between the meals, when bellies were stuffed and spirits high, the storyteller rose and spun his tales of times long past.

He told of lords, bold and generous. He told of ladies, grand and glorious. He told of friends, brave and faithful. But of all he told about, no friend was more reliable than Manawydan, son of Llyr. No lady was more admirable than Rhiannon. And no lord was more honorable than Pwyll, King of Dyfed.

The halls are now long gone -- yet some tales were written down and gathered in a book we call today The Mabinogion. And so the tales live on. . . .

For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Cute story
My bad for not reading the description more carefully to realize this story is meant for kids.It is a cute, light story and definately something that could help hook kids on reading.The premise is a bit oversimplified for adults, but we aren't really the target market.Had a couple of formatting issues with my Kindle version.

5-0 out of 5 stars My grandson's review
The cover of this book is awesome. I had some trouble pronoucing the names of the people in this book even though the book showed us how to do it. I have to tell you this book is super cool. I liked it when Rhiannon was riding her horse and King Pwyll saw her and rode to meet her. Her horse just walked along slowly. No matter how fast Pwyll pushed his horse to ride faster he could not catch her. She was riding slow but kept getting further ahead of him.

I love the whole medieval period and the spells that were cast in this story. I am going to give this book a five star rating. I like reading story's from other countries. We do not have story's like this here in the U.S.A.

I just turned eleven today. I think this book would be good for kids eleven and up. I am on honor roll all the time so this story was not really hard for me to read and understand. It might be harder for younger kids to understand.

Thank you for writing this book and showing kids a different kind of story and time frame from another country.

Brandon Heptinstall 11
My grandma (Sandra Heptinstall) for helping me to type this. Don't ask my grandma her age. She will only tell you that she is older than dirt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
American Folklore Society award-winner Aaron Shepard launches a new "Ancient Fantasy" series with The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic, a chapter book retelling of medieval Welsh legends from "The Mabinogion." Narrated in simple, vivid prose for readers age ten and up, The Mountain of Marvels is a brief yet exciting and exotic fable of heroes striving to make their mark and protect those most dear to them in a fantastic world. Highly recommended especially for grade school library collections and public library children's collections. In addition to the sturdy hardcover edition, The Mountain of Marvels is also available in paperback. ... Read more

18. The Magic Brocade: A Tale of China
by Aaron Shepard
Hardcover: 40 Pages (2000-12-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$16.95
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Asin: 1572270640
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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No brocades are more lovely or lifelike than the ones the widow weaves to sell at the marketplace. But so fine it is that the fairies of the palace send a wind to carry it off for themselves.Knowling his mother will die without her beloved creation, the widow’s son starts out after it. But the way to the fairy palace lies over Fiery Mountain and across the Icy Sea. Even if he gets there, will the fairies give up the brocade?This popular Chinese folktale will enchant young and old as the widow and her son find their way to a happiness beyond their dreams. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Magic Brocade
This is a lovely book with incredible illustrations.I bought it because I found the play online and we (my class) wanted some visuals to go with it.It was just what we were looking for. ... Read more

19. The Monkey King: A Superhero Tale of China, Retold from The Journey to the West (Ancient Fantasy)
by Aaron Shepard
Paperback: 50 Pages (2008-01-01)
list price: US$6.00 -- used & new: US$5.00
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Asin: 0938497413
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons -- sometimes even the gods.

Monkey stars in The Journey to the West, an epic comic fantasy from the sixteenth century. The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career -- and the one time he didn't come out on top.

For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars CHEEP KIDS BOOK
I ordered this by mistake. It was not worth the ten bucks i paid for it. But it was my bad. I wouldn't pay over three dollars(new).

5-0 out of 5 stars Start here to understand China...
The universally known stories in a culture have a profound and lasting influence in the mindset of growing children they are told to, and mark the continuity of tradition when repeated to their own children. This is true in every culture and this story is the ultimate in Chinese children stories. Not only does this story contain numerous character studies, conflicts and scenes that have entered into linguistic/world view idiom, but hidden inside this story are cryptic allusions to deep Buddhist and Taoist training. The full version of this story has 100 books and some authors have considered this story on par with such classics as the Tao-Te-Ching.

This version is a good introduction to this story, the sort to give you a taste or to read to a child. I have a dozen versions of this story and while this is not my choice as the best short-popular version, it is close. Further, this author has released this text for the Kindle for 1 penny! This is the world's greatest bargain. Absolutely everyone should load this on their reader...

As an aside...

I hope that many like myself will purchase his dead tree version of the book and put it on their shelf, prove to publishers and Amazon that this is a good economic model. May many more authors release inexpensive e-book versions of texts as a promotion of their work. There is presently a vast quantity of high quality free audio books by authors trying to break in or grow their base, for traditionally published material. I regularly purchase texts that I have listened to or heard for free on the NPR Radio Reader program.

I personally have been less than enthused with the universal $10 price for kindle books, the overall reading experience and utility is not the equivalent of a paper book. Given that 99.9% of the infrastructure costs such a printing, ink, paper, transport and warehousing are nonexistent for e-books, $10 is exorbitant.I generally feel that if the paper back version of a book is available for $15 compared to a $10 Kindle e-book, I would unhesitatingly go with paper.

There is a lot of inexpensive e-book content "notably - Author 50-years-dead stuff" but much of the contemporary less than $5 content is barely spam. I hope that the Kindle consumer community will spot and recommend high quality inexpensive content; review and recommend it to others. Vote with your voice and and wallet (mouse-click) for this content to knock publishers of their high-horse...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read For All
This is a story about a monkey who was born from a magic boulder, that was bathed in the energies of Earth and Heaven, quickened by the light of the Sun and Moon. He became known as the Monkey King when he wandered into the midst of other monkey's and found them a safe home in a cave behind a waterfall. The other monkey's made him their King, which is the highest honor they could bestow on him.

It was on the Monkey King's four hundred birthday that he sat complaining that he had reached the heights of greatness. "What is left to hope and strive for he asked?" The Monkey King was told that above them are Gods, who dwell in Heaven and Earth. Then there are Immortals, who have gained great powers and live forever. And finally there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who have conquered illusion and escaped rebirth.

That information was enough for the Monkey King to set off on his owncourse of action. To become not just a God or Immortal, but to become a Buddhas. He wanted it all. Nothing would stop him until he could attained what he wanted.

Even though the Monkey King studied hard he would always manage to get himself into trouble time and time again. At the end of this book we find the Monkey King pinned between stone walls. His head and arms are out, but the rest of his body was hopelessly trapped.

What kind of trouble did the Monkey King get into to find himself trapped?Was it his faith to be pinned between the stone walls forever? I can only say you must read this book for yourself to find the answers.

Monkey, is the most popular figure in all Chinese literature, loved for centuries by both young and old.Even in todays world Monkey is still cherished in the Chinese culture.

What a wonderful way to expose and broaden the minds of our young people and adults. To be transported to another place and time. To experience stories that have lasted for centuries.

Sandra Heptinstall, LA

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Historic Superhero!
I loved "Monkey: A Superhero Tale of China"! Although Monkey steals the show, the supporting characters are terrific and round out the story nicely. We tend to read aloud, with sound effects, and the kids had a blast trying to make the sounds of the Dragons! ... Read more

20. Stories on Stage: Scripts for Reader's Theater (First Edition)
Hardcover: 162 Pages (1993-08)
list price: US$60.00
Isbn: 082420851X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Stories on Stage is the premier collection of scripts for reader's theater. Unlike almost all other collections, its scripts are adapted exclusively from contemporary books and children's magazines, ideally suiting it to making that "literature connection." (Scripts in most other collections are original works by the scripter or adapted from works in the public domain.)

Twenty-two scripts present books and stories by twenty-one authors -- authors such as Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, and Nancy Farmer. Each work is selected for its dramatic quality, literary value, and appeal to young people. Genres include multicultural folktales, fantasy, and humor.

Recommended grade levels start at 2 and continue through the highest grades, with the focus on 3 to 9. Innovative scripting provides roles for a maximum number of readers while enlivening the performance.

All the scripts may be freely reproduced and performed for any educational, noncommercial purpose. The book's large format and sturdy binding are perfect for easy photocopying and script assembly. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
A fantastic place to start exploring readers theater.We had a very hard time finding appropriate materials for our new drama club at our elementary school.Stories On Stage has a nice variety of different stories, something to appeal to everyone.The children love the stories and they are short enough to not overwhelm the teachers! ... Read more

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