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Aaron’s Theme Index

Here is a thematic guide to Aaron Shepard’s stories and scripts, both online and off. Use it to quickly locate works related to one of Aaron’s favorite themes. (Theme is here meant as “topic” rather than “lesson to be learned.”) All listed works by other authors have been adapted by Aaron.

Note: Links to online formats or book info take you to different parts of this site.


The Legend of Lightning Larry

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Readers on Stage | | Stories on Stage |


Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage |


How Violence Is Ended: A Buddhist Legend

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |


The Christmas Truce

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book |


More Than a Match

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |

AUDIO — | And Once Again (Ed Stivender) | | Frog and Friends (Mary Garrett) |


When the Twins Went to War: A Fable of Far East Russia

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |


The Stone in the Temple: An Islamic Legend

ONLINE — | Story |


Timothy Tolliver and the Bully Basher

BOOKS — | Chapter Book |


The War Prayer

By Mark Twain

ONLINE — | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) |


The Flame of Peace: A Tale of the Aztecs

By Deborah Nourse Lattimore

BOOKS — | Stories on Stage (1st Edition) |


Death’s Dominion

By Piers Anthony
From On a Pale Horse

BOOKS — | Stories on Stage (1st Edition) |


The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic

Note: “Lady of Marvels” is the shorter version of this story.

ONLINE — | Story | | Story (Shorter) |

BOOKS — | Mini-Novel |


Master Maid: A Tale of Norway

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage |


Lady White Snake: A Tale From Chinese Opera

ONLINE — | Story |

BOOKS — | Picture Book |

VIDEO — | Lady White Snake |


The Princess and the God: A Tale of Ancient India

Note: “Savitri” is an older title of this story.

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage | | Stories on Stage (1st Edition) |

MUSIC — | Savitri |


The Hidden One: A Native American Legend

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Folktales on Stage |


Mop Top: A Tale of Norway

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |


Too-too-moo and the Giant: A Tale of Indonesia

ONLINE — | Story |


Help! Hilary! Help!

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater |


The Wicked Girl: A Tale of Turkey

ONLINE — | Story | | Storytelling |


The Giant’s Wife: A Tall Tale of Ireland

Told by William Carleton

ONLINE — | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) |


The Devil and Mother Crump

By Valerie Scho Carey

BOOKS — | Stories on Stage (1st Edition) |


The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Reader’s Theater (Spanish) | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Coloring Book | | Readers on Stage | | Folktales on Stage |


The Gifts of the Grasscutter: A Tale of India and Pakistan

Note: “The Gifts of Wali Dad” is an older title of this story.

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage |

AUDIO — | A People With One Heart |


The Millionaire Miser: A Buddhist Fable

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |


Kings for Breakfast!: A Hindu Legend

ONLINE — | Story |


The Gifts of Friday Eve: A Tale of Iran

Note: “The Magic of Mushkil Gusha” is an older title of this story.

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Storytelling |


The Sea King’s Daughter: A Russian Legend

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Coloring Book | | Folktales on Stage |

MUSIC — | Lateral Lines |


The Songs of Power: A Northern Tale of Magic

Note: The Maiden of Northland is the picture book version of this story. “The Battle of Song” is an excerpt.

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Mini-Novel | | Picture Book |


The Man Who Sang to Ghosts: A Japanese Legend

ONLINE — | Story |

BOOKS — | Mini-Novel | | 13 Scary Ghost Stories |


The Legend of Slappy Hooper: An American Tall Tale

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage |

AUDIO — | The Legend of Slappy Hooper |


The Magic Brocade: A Tale of China

ONLINE — | Story | | Reader’s Theater | | Reader’s Theater (Team) | | Reader’s Theater (Trad. Chinese) | | Storytelling |

BOOKS — | Picture Book | | Folktales on Stage |


The Boy Who Drew Cats: A Tale of Japan

ONLINE — | Story |


The Jade Stone: A Chinese Folktale

By Caryn Yacowitz

BOOKS — | Stories on Stage |


Three Sideways Stories From Wayside School

By Louis Sachar
From Sideways Stories from Wayside School

ONLINE — | Reader’s Theater |

BOOKS — | Stories on Stage |




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