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Storyworld [Hardcover]

John & Caitlin Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Templar (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840117389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840117387
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful launching point ... 29 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book on a whim when I saw it in my local bookshop today. I've been reading, selecting and buying books for individuals all my life, and have a pretty good eye for them, and this one appealed to me for my 12 year old daughter, who has something right up at the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum. She's not been the easiest child lately, thinks the world (well, particularly her class) is against her, and is a little tricky to get through to, but this caught her imagination straightaway. She asked if she could have a look at it, then asked if she could be left alone with it, and then produced the beginnings of a story, together with the 'blurb' (her words) for the back of the book she had decided to write!

Makes it so easy to set a child off on a journey of their own, and I'm looking forward to seeing the new packs, and how my youngest daughter reacts to it as well.

And we'll definitely be taking it to school next term to show the English teachers!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I pre-ordered this having seen it advertised on Amazon when I was looking at some of John Matthews books on Celtic Mythology and it arrived about a week ago.

The book and cards are housed in a box which itself is a bit like a book in that you open it out and the actual book is on the left side and the cards on the right. When you close it, two magnets (unseen) hold each side together. The book is hardback, well written and the short descriptions on the cards are helpful.

The cards themselves steal the show as the artwork, done by four different artists, is stunning - really stunning.

I know this is aimed at children and the intention is to 'unlock one's imagination' through the art of storytelling but I think this has a great appeal across all ages because it brings out the storyteller in all of us.

For myself, I bought this partly out of curiosity and partly to see if it could help my creative/imaginative juices flow particularly when writer's block sets in. Three days ago I selected a group of cards and after a few minutes had a plot and story developing.

I've also enlarged some of the cards on the printer (the quality of the artwork is was not compromised) and then laminated them because the artwork is so beautiful (sorry repeating myself).

I understand 4 more sets are in the pipeline: Faery World, Quests & Adventures, Animal World and Sea Adventures.

I'm very happy with my purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocks your imagination. 25 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I saw this product advertised in a book magazine and out of curiosity I also pre-ordered it, and I wasn't disappointed, as a teacher, who is also interested in creative writing I found the cards and the book amazing. The artwork is so detailed but at the same time they give you so much scope to create your own stories and ideas. I am looking forward to showing them to my class in September and can't wait to get the other cards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have to be honest about the cover on this - the Amazon picture on the left really doesn't do it justice at all. The colour of the hard backed cover of the case is an antique yellow, with very intricate and eye catching illustrations on both sides, and mini illustrations of a couple of the storytelling cards on the middle of the cover. This review is for the starter storytelling pack. Additional Storyworld cards are available, (reviews to follow on a couple).

This was a pure delight to open. Both of the Young Reviewers were in awe from the moment they opened the package, which is always a fantastic start! The top opens like a book; the first half contains a book within it's dvd type cardboard holder, whilst the bottom half contains the 40 gorgeous Storyworld cards. This is a total work of art from start to finish, and is exceptionally well presented.

The idea behind this is so simple, and very worthwhile. Beautifully illustrated cards are used as prompts to aid in storytelling. The included storytelling book details how the 40 cards could be used, along with more in depth ideas for each of them. On the reverse of each card is a brief description, along with three questions to help storytellers to use them as an aid in their stories. Each card is stunning. That's the only word that describes them for me.

The cards have enough detail to help even the most shyest storyteller want to have a go. I can say this confidently as a parent. Our youngest reviewer who's 4, loves stories. He loves listening to them and preempting what is coming - as long as he knows the story. Since these arrived, every night he's not just wanted stories. He's wanted to *make* stories and rushes upstairs in anticipation of it! I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell me more! 28 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Delightfully complex illustrations, each of which has an individual story to tell - but the story will be constantly changing. All the wonders of an infinite number of inner worlds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storyworld 21 April 2010
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This is a must if you have children an absolute joy. My grandchildren loved it and made lots of stories and paintings using the cards. Great product.
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