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1001 Stories Collection

The Blue Coat or Snip Snip

Added on 25th June 2020

Oral tradition Jewish folktale from Eastern Europe

An oral story for all ages to show how something we love can be reused and remade in many different ways to keep it with us.

Story

A beloved coat is reused in different ways again and again until it becomes a story.

Why we chose it

This has become a very popular story with British storytellers. There were two versions of the story in our original audio collection. It tells of how things that are loved can be kept alive in stories.

Where it came from

Chris Smith recorded Snip Snip for our audio collection. He first heard it told by Roger Cullen and has since heard it told by dozens of storytellers.

Where it went next

Former storytelling laureate Taffy Thomas retold it in Taffy’s Coat Tales. Taffy heard it from Scottish traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson. There is also a version called The Blue Coat in Hugh Lupton’s The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud.

Added on 25th June 2020

Oral tradition Jewish folktale from Eastern Europe