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-438 Velički, Vladimira. 2013. Pričanje priča – stvaranje priča. Povratak izgubljenomu govoru. Zagreb: Alfa. Wenzig, Joseph. 2011. Westslawischer Märchenschatz. http:// maerchenbasar.de/die-reise-zur- sonne-4200.html 09.01.2011. 29. srpnja 2018. WHY TELL STORIES AND WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TRADITIONAL STORYTELLERS? Summary Although storytelling traditions are different in different parts of the world, they still have a lot in common. Discussing more familiar storytelling traditions such as medieval troubadours and bards, as well as lesser known traditions such as Polynesian Hula dancers, African traditions from Arab countries, West African storytellers called Griot, and others, this paper will try to answer the question what we can learn from traditional story tellers, that is, can their skills and knowledges be a welcome addition to our work with children and young people. Starting with the specificity of narrative, the paper will look for an answer to the question why children need to be told stories today, what is the difference between reading and telling stories, and what are the prerequisites for good storytelling. Special attention will also be given to the choice of stories for telling (appropriateness in terms of age, time, place, etc.), means of transforming a written story into one that can be told, the possibilities of communicating with children during and a%er the storytelling, as well as the storytelling performance itself. Keywords: storytelling, tradition, storytellers, stories, children