Friday, June 27, 2008
Swamp Songs and Summer Stories
For all of you who asked if Lucia ever came with me to help out with storytimes, the answer is, "Yes, she has come to many a storytime performance, and has been an enthusiastic audience member, but she may (temporarily) be barred from performances in the near future." Tonight, Lucia consistently pulled the rabbits out of the hats before I had even showed the hats to the audience, so to speak. She's heard my stories and songs so many times that she can spring the plot twists and reveal the surprises to the rest of the audience.
There was a good turnout for tonight's Pajama Storytime, and the appreciative audience was a boon. I presented the string story of "The Mosquito" and prior to that, showed off my few string tricks. The co-owner of Island Books came over and showed me Cat's Cradle. (I was so proud of myself because I did not drop the cradle.) Then I told Phyllis Gershator's Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!, The Sun Sisters from Margaret Read MacDonald's Three-Minute Tales, Thacher Hurd's Mama Don't Allow, and Nancy Stewart's "Nocturnal Animals."
I performed "Jenny Jenkins" as usual, and Bede caught some of the song on video. I've edited it down, so you don't hear all of the audience interaction between colors:
Tomorrow I have a preschool storytime gig at Third Place Books. Also, when I came home, I received a message about a potential future gig that, should it come to fruition, will be one I've wanted for a good while. Stay tuned....