Young donkey brings a lesson to May 15 story time

May 9, 2015 by

sylvester-bookcover-2web-Reading-LogoPreschoolers will learn a timeless lesson about being careful what you wish for when they come to the next “Reading with Friends” Friday, May 15, at Neighbor to Neighbor.

Guest reader Sandra Detrixhe will introduce them to a young donkey in “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” William’s Steig’s classic story about collecting things and making wishes. Steig received the Caldecott Medal for the little book in 1970, and ultimately became even better known for his 1990 children’s book, “Shrek!”

Story time begins at 10 a.m. upstairs at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St., and is followed by playtime and a snack. Plus, each child or family will receive a free copy of the book to take home. Parents and grandparents are invited to stay for coffee and doughnuts downstairs.

The program is for children 3 to 5 years old, and there is a limit of 30 children, who must be registered in advance. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 262-4215 or email

This is the last of four “Reading with Friends” programs scheduled this spring, made possible by a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund.

The Sisters of St. Joseph who operate Neighbor to Neighbor recently received word from the Community Foundation for Cloud County that funding will be available for “Reading with Friends” to continue in the fall.

The sisters have received a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation, to provide books for the monthly series beginning in September.




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