Thursday, October 11, 2007

Little Orange House: a Halloween Story

On October 27, I have three storytelling gigs lined up:
11:45 am-- birthday party
2:45 pm-- birthday party
6:45 pm--Halloween party

On October 28, I have one storytelling gig:
2 pm-- Halloween party

One of the stories I'll tell for both Halloween parties is The Little Orange House, by Jean Stangl. This story is particularly appropriate for you folks who work with young children in some capacity, as it is not scary in the slightest. There's a wee witch and a tiny ghost, and all they want is a cozy home for winter.

You'll need orange paper (construction paper is ideal) and a pair of scissors. Rectangular paper is recommended, but you can do just as well with square paper. Here are photos of the process: Alkelda's Little Orange House


You need to hold your paper this way or the final product will be slightly embarrassing. Believe me, I once got it wrong in front of an audience.

8 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

"This story is particularly appropriate for you folks who work with young children in some capacity, as it is not scary in the slightest."
What? Surely sometimes the point of telling stories to little ones is to scare the suckers out of their wits!
"Mommy! Mommy! That nasty Farida told us a story about infanticide!" ... Yeah! Now will you eat your grits!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

YP: You've been reading too much Struwwelpeter. My college children's lit professor said that when she told her German friend she was getting her doctorate in Children's Literature, his response was, "How depressing!" He was thinking of Struwwelpeter.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

P.S. The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb is particularly dreary, methinks.

jules said...

Wah, I wish I could see you doing Halloween storytelling, too. One day . . .

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Jules: Next year in Portland!

Lone Star Ma said...

So cool! Sounds like your business is booming!

adrienne said...

This story looks fun; I must learn it.

Library Lady said...

Thanks for the link. I'm doing pumpkins this week and hadn't saved a copy of this in my files.

Sheesh. After doing this 20 odd years, you'd think I'd be more organized. And if anything, I'm less :D