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If I Had Three Wishes


Librarians, educators, and professional storytellers have long claimed that storytelling can result in a range of educational and social/emotional benefits for listeners, but there is limited research supporting or negating these claims. To begin to redress this lack of research, this study investigated elementary school children’s impressions of a live oral storytelling performance as revealed through their response drawings and written and oral responses and analyzed the resulting educational and social/emotional benefits to the listeners. Th e results showed that storytelling supports the improved development of critical thinking skills, creativity, active participation/engagement in learning, literacy skills, narrative thinking abilities, self-exploration, and interpersonal skills. Th ese results provide compelling support for the use of live storytelling in classrooms and other formal and informal educational settings and for the further investigation of the possible benefits of storytelling for educational purposes.