Last week I was invited to tell stories at a local preschool. I gathered up some puppets, a few books, a handful of flannel stories and my portable felt board, and loaded up my car. It was snowing when I left, so the drive was a little white-knuckled, but by the time I arrived, the snow had cleared, and the roads were fine. I walked in to a warm room filled with noise and scissors and crayons and dress-up and laughter. “She’s here! She’s here!” they shouted and the child care workers proceeded to round them up and get them into a circle. I started with a book, just to test the waters. I knew I was in the right place when they shouted “Another!” as soon as I closed the book. I told them a puppet story. We sang a song. I did a flannel story. We read another book. I did another puppet story. I told them “The Wide Mouthed Frog”. Then a fingerplay story (anybody know Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle?) Another flannel. At this point, they are still shouting “Another!” I read another book, and was nearly out of ideas (and voice) when I decided to try a longer story on them. I had recently used Margaret Read MacDonald’s Conejito : a folktale from Panama at storytime, and I’ve been fortunate to hear the story told several times by the brilliant Jen and Nat Whitman, so I thought I could pull it off. It was a rousing fun version, even if I did forget to include one character. The kids loved it and when we all got up at the end to dance and say “OOH LA LA”, I knew it was a success. The lovely posterboard card they made for me as a thank you was sweet, but their shouts for one more story made my day.
Congrats!! They appreciative because they knew that they have got the very valuable ideas and thoughts from you. great job!
Great to hear about your wonderful experience! And thanks for reminding me about Margaret Read MacDonald’s “Conejito.” She always does such a great job with folktales that just beg to be read aloud.