Old story of Ferdinand delights new listeners

March 11, 2016 by

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“The Story of Ferdinand” is marking its 80th anniversary this year, but guest reader Sheryl Swenson made it sound as fresh and exciting as when it was written in 1936.

She even told the audience of preschoolers at Neighbor to Neighbor’s Reading with Friends this morning that Munro Leaf’s classic story was written “way, way” before she was born.

Their rapt attention and her delightful storytelling proved why the peaceful little bull has remained a favorite for generations of children.

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Today’s storytime was the latest in a series is for children ages 3, 4 and 5 on the second Friday of each month. Each session begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St., and includes playtime and a snack. Plus the children receive a free copy of that month’s book to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers 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 neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

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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