Forever Rockin’ Eric Carle
We got green & messy on World Book Day with a captivating Hungry Caterpillar morning at Tring Natural History Museum. This was Little A’s favourite first book, from the popping of the egg to chewing through of the lollipop. I am sure the eventual butterfly’s striking wings with their grape jam purple hues were a big factor in his plumping for purple as his favourite first colour (at least until the more recent move across to pink). A packed activity centre at the museum shows how some books will live forever and their wonderful influence.
Today is Always your Day Dr Seuss
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Oh, The Places you’ll Go was a new book to both of us, although it is sitting in the very special Dr Seuss box set bought by two of Little A’s greatest admirers for his third birthday.
What an inspirational book we’d both missed out on until his fabulous weekly drama session with Act NOW at the Trestle Theatre today. Their teacher set the story to music and, even though quite complicated in parts, managed to keep all 3-6 year olds interested.
“When you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
is not easily done.”
What was interesting was how all those children were able to act out a slump and unslump so well – where did they learn that from I wonder?!
“You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…”
I quite like A’s answer to what people wait for: ‘a cloud’.
The story was re-enacted by all those 3-6 year olds quite certain of the places they wanted to go, what they saw on the way and once they’d arrived. The mini explorers went off to China, Japan, the beach, the Arctic, a swimming pool… Little A’s was to lead everyone to a sweetshop which was a little mystifying as he’s never been in one! Watching all the children pretend to be in one, reaching up and grabbing handfuls that were being stuffed in pockets was mesmerising.
It may have been our first time celebrating World Book Day but we thoroughly enjoyed being spellbound by wonderful storytellers and the power of the imagination.