Preschoolers will meet ‘Ferdinand’ at next ‘Reading with Friends’

February 29, 2016 by

web-ferdinand-bookWhen preschoolers gather for the next “Reading with Friends” at Neighbor to Neighbor on Friday, March 11, they will join the newest generation to meet Ferdinand, the world’s most beloved little bull.

“The Story of Ferdinand” is marking its 80th anniversary this year, but Munro Leaf’s classic story and Robert Lawson’s illustrations are just as captivating for children as ever. The book was first published in 1936, with new editions in publication ever since.

The guest reader for “Reading with Friends” this month is Sheryl Swenson.

The storytime series is for children ages 3, 4 and 5 and begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of “The Story of Ferdinand” 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.

There is a limit of 30 children so parents must register in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or emailing

The remaining sessions for the 2015-16 school year will be April 8 and May 13.

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.


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