Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Come in! Come in!
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein starts with this poem;
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer....
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
My kids love seeing their nana so much! We were over there Mon-Tuesday, because we were invited to a birthday party in the area for little Sophie, who turned 3, on Tuesday morning, (we had fun you guys!!!!). My mom has started this tradition that the kids really enjoy. We have a poetry reading, and it often (always) involves Shel Silverstein's poetry. We each pick out a poem and read it to the "audience". Violet decided she wanted to have a poetry contest, so she made a sign, and we took turns. She even made tickets to the show. Olivia recited a little poem (with some help from Nana). Violet then scored us on a percentage scale, and Olivia was the winner with 100%!
They also performed 2 plays; Little Red Riding Hood, and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Olivia made a wonderful debut performance as the Big, Bad Wolf, and Nana starred as the Grandma & the Wood Chopper, and Violet starred as Little Red Riding Hood, while I enjoyed being the "audience". I got to play the mama bear in the 3 bears, Violet was the baby bear and Olivia was daddy bear, and Nana was Goldilocks.
We love Shel Silverstein's poetry and drawings. If you get a chance, be sure to check them out. Children really enjoy them (as well as adults) because they are so silly and fun to act out.
We are definately "great pretenders!"
Shel Silverstein sadly passed away in 1999. But there is a great website about him and his stories and illustrations here. Some great books by him are below:
Ones we've read:
The Giving Tree
A Light in the Attic
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Ones we would like to read:
Lafcadio, the lion who shot back
Who wants a cheap rhinoceros?
The missing piece