Friday, November 22, 2013

Giving Thanks: A Library Story Time

This earth helped me to recite a poem 
when I was a guest at our library story time today.
And this sun.

Earth who gives to us this food. 
Sun who makes it ripe & good.
Dearest Earth & Dearest Sun.
We'll not forget what you have done.   
By Christian Morgenstern

The poem was  from Katherine Paterson's new book, 
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers & Praise Songs of Thanksgiving. 
She compiled selections from many places, traditions & religions. Wonderful!


I helped the librarian to dramatize The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac with paper "puppets, & she read Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp, which has long been a favorite book of mine to read to children at this time of year. All this inbetween lots of wiggles & giggles & itsy bitsy spiders in a happy group of young children & their adults.

13 comments:

  1. oh, that sounds wonderful! gratitude is so important for a rich life!

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    1. I know, gratitude is indeed important, everyday!

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  2. Such a sweet post. Happy Thanksgiving Rita! Cute sketches.

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    1. Dear Margie,
      I thank you so much for your lovely comments, they bring me so much cheer & good feeling. I haven't been able to figure out how to leave you a message at your website...You seem like such a creative & vibrant person!

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  3. And the puppets were your sketches? How wonderful! Sounds like a fun time for everyone involved!

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    1. Yes, I drew the "puppets", they were really paper dolls...

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving..

    I was grateful for the sun today too:)
    Such dear paintings.

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    1. Yes, sun & light in winter give much to be grateful for!

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  5. Thanksgiving is not celebrated in France, but I think this is a celebration I'd like to shrare, because I like this idea very much!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you !

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    1. Yes, I think one can create a thanks-giving on any day of the year, Malyss.

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  6. Sounds like it was a fun time. Now, how about blueberries. Love the BLUE ones.

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  7. Dear Rita,
    Thank you for your recent comment and your consideration. I am well, thank you. I just had been busy and didn't have much time for blogging, but I miss it and hopefully will start again before Christmas.
    Hope you are well. Enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving!

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  8. Working with children must be gratifying, especially when books and art are involved -- Happy Thanksgiving -- barbara

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