Sunflower or banana peels? Curious preschoolers decide!

April 8, 2016 by




On any other day, the headdress worn by tourism director Susie Haver is meant to evoke a Kansas sunflower. But this morning (April 8) as soon as she entered the room full of preschoolers with a bright yellow book under her arm, the kids gathered for “Reading with Friends” recognized the decorations as banana peels — appropriate for a storytime with “Curious George.”

“Yes, banana peels,” Haver agreed with her ever-present laugh. “Sometimes people think it’s a sunflower, but it’s really banana peels.”

And just in case the bright decoration wasn’t quite enough to capture the attention of 30 preschoolers, Haver also came armed with a kazoo — but she only had to pull it out of her pocket twice this morning to quiet the room and bring the kids back to the book.

“Curious George,” written and illustrated by H.A. and Margret Rey, was first published in 1941 and became an instant success. It has remained a classic across the decades and many of the children at Neighbor to Neighbor for Haver’s storytime said they had “Curious George” books or toys at home.

The “Reading with Friends” preschool series is set for the second Friday of each month through May. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children this month received a free copy of “Curious George” to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are invited to enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs at the day center for women while the story is being read upstairs.

The story time is for children ages 3, 4 and 5 begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. The last storytime in this series will be May 13. There is a limit of 30 children so parents must register in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or emailing

This year’s “Reading with Friends” is funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund, with continuing support from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, who operate Neighbor to Neighbor.


One Response to “Sunflower or banana peels? Curious preschoolers decide!”

  1. Loretta Jasper on April 15th, 2016 6:26 am

    If I were a kid, I would have been riveted, just given the props and the reader alone.

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