September October 2012

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
by Ella Dolbear Lee, 1907
I know summer has not yet left us but here in New England fall is already in the air. That crisp, cool scent is a sure sign of the glorious autumn season. Fall begins on September 22 this year. Soon pumpkins will be sprouting up in fields and on my neighbor’s porches so I offer you stories, crafts and more about these delectable fruits. Since I will be blessed with my first grandchild (it's a boy! :) at the end of October I have also added a link to a blog post I wrote to celebrate Grandparent’s Day on September 9 below.

I spent a glorious week in Stonington, Maine this August and will be back in Portland as the featured teller on October 10, 2012 for MOOSE: Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts at the Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square. There will be an open mic at 7:00 p.m. then at 8:10 I will share tales of Wise, Witty and Wicked Women! I hope to see you there!

This October I will again take part in the six week Massachusetts Humanities FAIR program at the Attleboro Public Library. I have worked with them since 2010 and I can’t speak highly enough of this amazing, family oriented program. To learn please stop by this article I wrote for them about the many successes I saw during my very first session. Bring your children/grandchildren and join in the fun.

Remember, if you are seeking stories, curriculum, etc., for other special days or events don’t forget to search the newsletter archives. A Google search box is available on the main newsletter site at I also add stories and education resources on my blog as well. You may find my blog here:

As always, I appreciate your time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please drop me a note at; I love to hear from you! Wishing you a glorious autumn filled with amazing colors and magical memories!

Warm wishes,
Karen Chace

"If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life." Siberian Elder


Farmer Brown’s Crop – Kentucky, USA. This story is found in Mary Hamilton’s new book Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. You may read this story, an excerpt from the book, at the link but I encourage you to purchase the book; you will be delighted.

The Four Marvelous Brothers – Laos

The Magic Pumpkins – Ukraine

The One Handed Girl – Swahili

The Pumpkin in the Jar - Philippines

The Snake Prince and the Pumpkin Seed - Hmong

Walnuts and Pumpkins – Turkey

Grandparent’s – Adding Richness to Our Lives –  Stories, crafts, curriculum and more.


"The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination combine to make spirits in the head."
From The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien


American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)“An American Indians in Children’s Literature provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture and society. Book reviews, Native media and more…”

Teach.comThis blog is important not only for those in the teaching profession, but offers wonderful insights for parents and teaching artists as well. We can learn a lot from their comprehensive blog, which discusses a variety of important topics. Visit their website as well, a comprehensive educational web resource dedicated to discovering, discussing and encouraging great teaching around the world.”

“All lasting business is built on friendship. ~ Alfred A. Montapert


The Five Biggest Business Networking Mistakes - and How to Avoid Them by Sue Clement.

How to Write Press Releases That Get Media Attention by Janet Attard.

Jewelry Stores Do It--Do You? by Bill Lampton, Ph.D.|

Proactive Networking Strategies To Build Professional Practices by Janet Attard.


ABOUT.COM Finger Painting Pumpkin Craft for ages 3 and up; requires only five minutes to complete.

DLTK.COM – Lots of pumpkin and Jack O’Lantern crafts here for the children. – Forty cute and inventive pumpkin crafts.



History of the Jack O’ Lantern

Pumpkin Folktale Reading Lesson Plan - Students compare and contrast two trade book versions of a Bengali trickster folk tale: The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin (Betsy Bang) and No Dinner! (Jessica Souhami).


Education Highway
- For listings on storytelling events around the world go to

Spoken Word, Open Mics and Storytelling Guilds– For  listings on regular events connected to storytelling go to


I reached a personal goal in July,100,000 visits to my blog. I am very grateful to my supporters and decided to share my audience. I opened my blog up to Guest Bloggers and six of my colleagues have shared wonderful articles about their work to date. More are on the way! I have listed the links to those articles below. If you are interested in becoming a Guest Blogger email me at for the details.

Pinocchio's Nose Grows by Linda Gorham

Her Story, Your Story, Our Story: An Afternoon with Women Who Have Escaped the Troll b
y Regina Ress

Sweeping the Air, Catching the Dust by Eileen DeLorenzo

Superlative Speakers Tell Superlatives Stories



Pumpkin Bars –Something delicious to add to your fall fun!

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