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Surprisingly fun

Among my many other tasks, I do Storytelling/Library at the private school my son goes to. We get a partial tuition waiver, and I get to talk to the teachers as more than just another mom.

Usually I choose something fairly obscure to read to them - something they are less likely to have encountered at home or through TV. Popular past choices are Kipling's Elephant Child, Pezzo the Peddler, The Big Ball of String and anything by Arnold Lobel.

Today I leaned the other way, and chose Green Eggs and Ham as well as The Cat in the Hat.

The range of options for dramatic reading in both of these made what was already a great story into something extra entertaining for both me and the kids.

"Thank you THANK YOU Sam I Am"!

This storytelling gig has really warped my view of some books. Many favorites are unsuitable for reading aloud, especially since we only have about 15 minutes and the kids REALLY want to see pictures with the text.

For one of the older classes, I'm reading The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Doom. We usually get through about four chapters a session.

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serendipoz
Jan. 16th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm very fond of the Peter Sis (who just won a MacArthur's genius award) and the Jon Scie(ski?) - I can't spell - picture books. Especially the math one.

What are you doing now you're not doing Stars? (I have a flyer from Dreamhaven re. that.)
alicebentley
Jan. 20th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
So far I've been filling my time shutting down various aspects of the business (aMAZing how many tasks that involves!) and for about two weeks spending extra time in bed coughing up chunks of lung. My sister speculates that it's my body getting revenge for 15 years of no days off, but I'm pretty much all better now.

Goal for next task: find a regular "work, get paid" job.
minnehaha
Jan. 16th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
Pinkwater is excellent for reading aloud.

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alicebentley
Jan. 20th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
I've run into two problems choosing Pinkwater.

One is that the library doesn't have more than one book of his - Lizard Music - which I donated to them. I don't have any others that I have duplicates of, although I suppose I could buy them some.

The other drawback is that his books tend to be either too long (The Snarkout Boys will probably take most of the year to get through) or much too short. The little kid picture books have great pictures, but too few words to fill the ideal 15 to 20 minute reading time. Even The Blue Moose, which came closest, was too short.

hey, it's fun anyway...
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