Where would you go to look for a good story to tell? How would you prepare it? Which is the best way to learn it? What are the important details to consider while you are telling a story? This book will talk precisely of all this and also of the pleasure to tell and to listen to a story. Come in, read the book, and go out to tell your story. Telling a story is an activity that belongs specifically to human beings, no other animal does that. Telling stories is part of our genetic background: we can’t avoid it. Telling a story and listening to it thrills us, keeps us entertained, and also shapes the way we think, guides our comprehension of the world around us. This book -whose narrator talks directly to his reader, asking questions, inspiring reflections, and proposing exercises- offers a fascinating, practical and sometimes even erudite journey to learn how to tell stories. It begins with the search of a story -many of them can be found in the Oral Tradition; it goes through the narrative structure of a story, its staging in the mind of the storyteller -that’s the place where stories get dressed up with words and come to life; finally it concludes with quite a few curious facts about the history of storytelling, and a short bibliography. The illustrations, that appear in all its pages, are funny and playful in their relationship with the text and even with the childhood memories of the stories someone told us. Human beings relate to each other through words. We get to know each other telling us stories and facts. This is why this book is practically indispensable.