Preschoolers make friends with Frederick the field mouse

March 27, 2015 by


web-Reading-LogoNearly 30 fidgety preschoolers sat quietly as guest reader Jim Wahlmeier introduced them to Frederick the field mouse this morning at “Reading with Friends.”

This storytime at Neighbor to Neighbor in downtown Concordia was made possible by a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund, and includes playtime in the well-stocked play area upstairs at the center plus a snack to take home. Each child also receives a free copy of that morning’s book. Today it was “Frederick” by Leo Lionni.

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Wahlmeier, who has grandchildren of his own to read to, began the story time by talking to the children about some of the words and phrases in the book, including “granary” and “stone wall.”

After listening intently to the tale of Frederick and his family, the children thanked Wahlmeier for the story — and then made beelines to their favorite toys that had been pushed by against the walls to make room for the tiny chairs that made up the storytime theater.

Meanwhile, mothers and grandmothers, along with younger children, gathered downstairs for coffee and conversation.

This was the second of four “Reading with Friends” programs scheduled this spring.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are all on Fridays and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session will include playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance; call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

  • April 24 — Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
  • May 15 — “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig

The Sisters of St. Joseph who operate Neighbor to Neighbor plan to offer another Reading with Friends series next fall.



2 Responses to “Preschoolers make friends with Frederick the field mouse”

  1. Jodi Creten on March 27th, 2015 3:56 pm

    That is such a great thing to have for both the children and their mothers. Love the pictures too.

  2. Missy Ljungdahl on March 27th, 2015 12:47 pm

    Thanks Jim, Sarah, Neighbor to Neighbor for a great event. The pictures capture the marvelous moment. Thanks also for the funders of the program.

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