Reader Susie Haver will share ‘The Rainbow Fish’

February 3, 2017 by

Concordia preschoolers will learn a lesson in sharing at the next “Reading with Friends” at Neighbor to Neighbor.

The storytime begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the downtown center, 103 E. Sixth St.

The guest reader for “The Rainbow Fish” will be Susie Haver.

In the award-winning book, Swiss author and illustrator Marcus Pfister tells the story of the Rainbow Fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. The book was published in German in 1992, with the title “Der Regenbogenfisch,” and translated into English in 1999.

In explaining the message of the book, Pfister said, “I want to show our children the positive aspect of sharing,. To share does not only mean to give away something — which is quote hard for a child to do — but to make someone else happy.”

The “Reading with Friends” storytimes for children ages 3, 4 and 5. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of that day’s book 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 per session so parents need to register for each session in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or emailing neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. The remaining sessions for the 2016-17 school year are March 10 and April 7.

“Reading with Friends” is funded in part by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

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