Once upon a time an If

Handbook / Teacher Guide



Once upon a time an If
Product Description

The Storythinking Handbook

  • If you want to tell more stories in the classroom but lack the confidence to do so...
  • If you need guidance finding stories that are good to get children thinking...
  • If you like using stories in your teaching but want to get more from them than the moral at the end...

Once Upon an If is the book for you!

In his brand new book, award-winning author Peter Worley provides a comprehensive guide to everything a would-be storyteller needs, including how to bring a story to life, tips on how to memorise a story and improvise descriptions, and techniques for using tone, movement and timing to engage and involve the children in your class.

Once Upon an If also comprises a treasury of stories, new and old, written especially to get a young audience thinking actively about the deeper issues that lie behind and within the tales. Guidance notes, lesson plans and activity questions are included with every story and there is a companion website including extra resources for you to use on your interactive whiteboard.

Once Upon an If draws on Peter's ten years of experience as a philosophy teacher, trainer and storyteller to help any teacher place stories and storytelling where they should be - back at the heart of teaching.


Foreword by Anne Fine


Part 1: The 'How To' of Storytelling and Storythinking

  • Thinking about stories
  • Sheherazad's handbook: how to tell stories 
  • Storythinking

Part 2: A Treasury of Stories 



 The Philosophy Foundation




Peter Worley is founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation (www.philosophy-foundation.org), a charity that specialises in philosophy in primary and secondary schools, based in the UK. Peter has over 15 years' experience in teaching and regularly gives talks and presentations about philosophy in schools. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is currently studying for a PhD at King's College London, UK.



HK$ 199.00