Did you know that storytelling - in just minutes - can add magic and a deeper togetherness to your day. Creating stories is a sort of magic. Sometimes it feels daunting but that’s why we offer these starters - just to help! Each month is different with new stories and new illustrations from original watercolor paintings.
Questions for this month can be:
What is the girls name? Where does she live? We know she's near a forest, but what else is nearby? The sea, the mountains? Does she like to knit? Paint? Read? Write? What is her family like? Who lives in her house with her? Does she have any pets? And when we get a little further into our story and you want to cater more specifically to your own child or children - Does she worry about things sometimes? Has she had any troubles recently? You can be as simple or deep as you would like. And our children are pretty much all amazing storytellers so if you get stuck ask a child! They will know just what happens next ;)
Twelve Little Tales gets you started by introducing the place we are visiting this month, some of the characters, a bit of storyline and then some beginnings of offshoots to help you create a full story throughout the month. Everyone does it a bit differently and sometimes it takes a bit to get the hang of it but it is a worthwhile endeavor and you will be happy you trusted yourself enough to try 💛
Let me know if you have any questions at all and Happy Storytelling!
Storytelling can sometimes be difficult in the beginning.
When I first started I had wonderful intentions but couldn't think of a thing to say! I didn't have a lot of confidence nor could I form ideas that seemed "good enough". Now I know that anything that I made up would have delighted my child to no end. But, I know that others have the same experience that I did. This is part of the reason I created Twelve Little Tales, so that I could help others with story-starters and ideas each month. The content is simple, timeless and based in nature and seasonal wonder and leaves room for all of your ideas and creativity.
The children will love your stories!
The starter Tale introduces the story for the month. Each month is a new story usually corresponding with the time of year and sometimes will include special festivals that help us enjoy the magic of the season. The 12 story prompt cards are each an offshoot of the story to help you on your way to telling more tales. Each tale offers approximately 1100 words so there is a lot of prompting to help you tell your stories! Please let me know if you are in the Southern Hemisphere - I will send you stories from your time of year! :)
Thoughts from happy tellers of Tales.
“I just want to say how much I love Twelve Little Tales! Your tales are a rare combination of delightful characters, endearing story lines and beautiful artwork. The children that I work with are always excited when I pull one of your stories out. A highlight for them is being able to help determine the tale’s path with the selection of one of the story cards. Thank you for creating such a lovely opportunity for connection between adult and child through storytelling! "
Melinda K. - Preschool teacher
“Just printed our first story from Twelve Little Tales. If you are like me and always liked it but never ordered don't hesitate any longer. I knew it will be beautiful but now I know I am gonna be subscribing. This is just amazing and so loving and gentle. Thank you Marna Widom.” - I
"The twelve little tales brings so much warmth into our home. We read the stories and enjoy displaying all the amazing cards that come with it. My son already recognizes the package when we get it in the mail and he gets so excited! What I love the most about it is that we get to enjoy these stories in our native language (Spanish). They are enchanting and beautiful. We hope to be enjoying these for much longer! ;)” -C
Twelve Little Tales is now available every month in three languages!
Please see here for samples of the languages :)
Translated by Mathilde Rojinsky Sadot
Frog Pool | Technical translations | English-French
Translated by Natalia Rossi