Story-time 11-21-15: Booksgiving

Me, by the advertising signage for the event.

Me, by the advertising signage for the event.

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I hosted the HPB “Booksgiving” event held in the children’s department. I read two story-books and my friend and co-worker, Maureen, supervised the book give away and also took the lovely snapshots documenting the event, which I shall share (selectively, for privacy concerns) with you all.

Toddler in a turkey cap! She was adorable, but couldn't stay seated upright and would burst into tears every time she accidentally fell to her side. Her grandmother was very attentive and took her aside a couple of times so as not to disturb the other children.

Toddler in a turkey cap! She was adorable, but couldn’t stay seated upright and would burst into tears every time she accidentally fell to her side. Her grandmother was very attentive and took her aside a couple of times so as not to disturb the other children.

I shall begin by saying that this was the most successful turnout we’ve had thus far. There were many kids ranging from a toddler in a Turkey cap, to a group of pre-teen siblings. They were attentive, interactive, and well-behaved, and a wonderful time was had by all.

"Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers" by

“Sometimes It’s Turkey-Sometimes It’s Feathers” by Lorna Balian.

The first book I read was “Sometimes It’s Turkey-Someitmes It’s Feathers”, by Lorna Balian, an older book from the 1970’s which reminded me of some of the books I read as a child. A beautifully illustrated story about an elderly lady and her cat, who find a turkey egg while mushroom picking in the forest outside their modest home. She hatches the egg, and raises the turkey with the implied intention of having the bird for Thanksgiving dinner that year. As time goes by, the turkey not only grows in size, but also in significance to the household. A sweet tale for the holiday.

Me pointing out the details of the illustration inside the Balian book.

Me pointing out the details of the illustration inside the Balian book.

Since one or two families  had to go, we decided to do the give away before continuing to our second story. Maureen had the kids go in age groups from youngest on up.

"One is a Feast for a Mouse", by Judy Cox.

“One is a Feast for a Mouse”, by Judy Cox.

I then let the kids chose the next story, and they chose “One is a Feast for a Mouse”, by Judy Cox. This was a fun story about a mouse who attempts to take a bit more from the leftovers of a Thanksgiving dinner than he can handle. This inspired the most interaction from the kids, and one of the funniest incidents as well. There is a line in the text comparing cranberries to rubies. I asked the children if they knew what rubies were and they replied in the affirmative. Doubtful, I reiterated that rubies are red gems, then asked if there was anything else in the room where we sat that was red. At this point I lowered the book to show my bright red HPB shirt, as a hint. The little boy in the green shirt in front of my cried “Yes!” so I asked him “What?” expecting the obvious response. Instead he pointed out a minuscule object in the far corner of the page in the book in my hand, and we all had a good laugh about that!

Me showing the illustration of a tense scene for the mouse of the story.

Me showing the illustration of a tense scene for the mouse of the story.

All in all, it was a great time, and the remaining kids got to have another go at the books when we finished the second story. The kids thanked us, as did the parents, and I expected to have a smashing follow-up for Christmas. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as well advertised and we had a no-show. Which is a drag, because I had intended to read Dr Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, one of my all time favorite children’s books. Next time we’ll know better to advertise well beforehand.

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