Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I Got Read To

One of my favorite things in life is to be read to. No matter how old I get, I still really enjoy having a book, any book, read to me by a good storyteller. It can be an adult work of fiction or a simple child's story. the magic is in the delivery. Today, I had to observe a preschool classroom for one of my clients. Unbeknownst to me, it was library lady day! I was giddy with delight when I heard this news.

This particular librarian appeared to be about my age. She looked like a librarian. Funky little glasses, an odd sweater, a corduroy skirt, tights and red Mary Janes. You get the picture. She started by reading a book called The Gruffalo. It was delightful. Her voices were magnificent. Her pacing spectacualr. Her questions well-placed and interesting. I may have enjoyed it more than any of the kids in the classroom. She followed this up with a song about leaves and she scattered pretty colored fall leaves as she sang. Then she donned a Mother Goose apron and hat and told a few Mother Goose rhymes. She finished her performance with a flannel board story about a little red leaf. I was sad when it was over.

Maybe I'm a giant child, but that was the best half hour of my week so far.


Beth said...

Wish I'd been there! Maybe you could record a podcast for us fans.

Hot Lemon said...

one of the best storytellers I've ever seen didn't say anything for the first 10 minutes-- instead, she did fantastically amazing things with string-- much more interesting than Cat's Cradle: really complicated, neat shit.

It was ONE way to get attention!!

Meanwhile, Mrs. Mangan, who I mentioned in my post on "Bunnicula Nights" came to mind again.

and as for me, I'm constantly raiding the audiobook section of the library.

BeckEye said...

I remember reading "Snoopy Come Home" to my class when I was in like, 3rd grade. My best friend cried. I don't know if it was Snoopy's drama or if I'm really a kick ass orator.

dguzman said...

Oh my god, I loved Library Reading Hour! Mrs. Smith would read us all kinds of great books! Wow.

I still love being read to also--The Kid (now 11 yrs old) always reads to us in the car--we're doing A Wrinkle in Time now.

Dale said...

I'm with you, there's nothing like being read to. I still remember my Grade 6 teacher who read to us every day in class. I'm currently listening to Wigfield by Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello and loving it.