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Jeanne Pitre Soileau

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781496835734

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496835734.001.0001

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(p.251) Chapter 8 Jokes
What the Children Said

Jeanne Pitre Soileau

University Press of Mississippi

Telling jokes and stories is an art form for both children and adults. The teller has to have good logical order, precise timing, and entertaining delivery to keep everyone’s interest. This chapter presents children’s jokes, listener’s comments, and catalogs both successes and failures. The jokes were told in racially mixed settings. The audience was fellow schoolmates, and the kibitzing is instantaneous. A child stumbling through his/her first attempts at joke and storytelling has to have tenacity and a tough outer skin.  Included in this chapter are transcripts of children telling stories as well as jokes and a long interview with ninth graders from Redeemer High School entertaining one another with stories and jokes that get progressively naughtier.

Keywords:   Jokes, Teenage jokes and stories, Story telling failures, Kibitzing a joke teller, Children’s verbal art

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