Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Momaha Storytime

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, February 6, 2014, in partnership with Momaha, The Omaha World-Herald's online community for moms.


The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Sue deGennaro

Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks

The Princess and the Pea written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Snow White: A Three-Dimensional Fairy-Tale Theater by Jane Ray

Our Momaha Storytime began with a short introduction to the works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm who published their first book of fairy tales in 1812.  While everyone has heard of such tales as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel, few in our audience were familiar with some of their more obscure tales such as Donkey Cabbages, The Ear of Corn, The Three Army Surgeons, and The Nightingale and the Slow Worm.  I read two fractured fairy tales that were based on stories by the Grimms brothers : "The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas" and "Falling for Rapunzel".  I also briefly showed some other examples of authors' treatment of Grimms tales: The Princess and the Pea" and "Snow White: A Three-Dimensional Fairy-Tale Theater.  Then I introduced J.D. Cottrell, a Junior at Bellevue West High School, who wrote a short story in German, as an assignment for Frau Amanda Messerschmitt's German language class.  He read his story in German, translating each page into English for those of us who do not speak fluent German!  I thank J.D. for visiting the library and sharing his story with us!

"Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Throw down your hair!  She thought he said..."

(You'll have to read the book to find out what she thought he said!)

Grimm's Fairy Tale stories available for checkout.

"On top of the pea, the prince piled twenty mattresses.  
And on top of that, he piled 20 down comforters!"

Now it's time for everyone to say, "Hi" to J.D. Cottrell.

J.D. read his original story, entitled Der Lama, Der Uhu, und Die Ente.

At the end of Storytime we offered a Rapunzel-themed craft 
to make at the library or take home to make later.

Our guests also enjoyed cookies and milk provided by The Cake Specialist, which has sponsored the first six months of our Momaha Storytimes.  I'd like to thank Jayme and Ryan at The Cake Specialist for their generous support of Bellevue Public Library's newest collaborative program.

J.D. made himself available after Storytime to answer questions 
and let our guests get a close-up look at his story.

Our next Momaha-Bellevue Storytime will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7 PM, when our guest will be local author Bruce Arant.  I hope to see you there!

  ~Mrs. B.

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