Wild Things delight preschoolers at Neighbor to Neighbor

April 24, 2015 by


In the latest “Reading with Friends” Friday morning, guest reader Christina Brodie introduced a roomful of preschoolers to the Wild Things created by Maurice Sendak more than 50 years ago.

The 30 or so children joined in the rumpus as Brodie brought to life the classic book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Brodie supplemented her animated storytelling by projecting Sendak’s classic illustrations on a wall for all the children to see.

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After storytime, the children spent some time in the upstairs playroom at Neighbor to Neighbor, which hosts the preschool reading series, and then each child received a snack and a free copy of the book to take home.

This was the third of four “Reading with Friends” programs scheduled this spring. The final story time in the series will be May 15, with “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig.

The storytimes for children 3 to 5 years old are all on Fridays and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance; call Neighbor to Neighbor at 262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

This series of four programs was made possible by a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund.

The Sisters of St. Joseph who operate Neighbor to Neighbor have just 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.

Sendak published “Where the Wild Things Are” in 1963 and it quickly became a favorite of both children and their parents. It was the winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, and in 2007 the National Education Association named it as one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.” In 2012, the same year that author and illustrator Sendak died, the School Library Journal named it as its top picture book.

To ensure that the preschoolers at Friday’s program could see those pictures, Brodie created a PowerPoint presentation that was projected on the wall, and then acted out the story with the lights out, much to the delight of the children in her audience.



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