...should have brought her flashlight along with her!
We use flashlights in story time with this book. You know the part, when the little old lady starts to head home and there is only a sliver of moon - we turn off the lights.....it's scary! It's fun! It's scary fun!! We all have our flashlights, thank goodness!
This is another one of the old flannel board stories that I've pulled out for Fall. The little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda Williams is an absolutely fail proof story.
These flannel board pieces were created while my daughter swam laps at swim team practice. I knew I needed a story for the next day's program...I had a manilla folder with me and some colored pencils. I drew on the folder, colored with pencils, cut and then I placed sand paper on the back side when we got home. This was new to me - using sand paper instead of felt. (this was also 18 years ago!)
I love this story and I still love these pieces.
Two shoes that went: CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP
One pair of pants that went: WIGGLE, WIGGLE, WIGGLE
One Shirt that went: SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE
Two white gloves that went: CLAP, CLAP, CLAP
And one tall black hat the went: NOD, NOD, NOD
one very huge, very scary, very orange pumpkin head that went:
And when we get to the end of the story...this is how our pieces look:
Click here for the story read by Shelly Lovett at childcareland.com
For those of you who follow Piperlovesthelibrary.... let me ask - who knew that my flannel board stories would serve as markers in my life, markers full of memories? Who knew this? I didn't! Last week when I posted my This Old Man pieces I had a flash of the Ref Desk at the Farmington Library and my colleague Trish. And when I snapped the photos for this post...all I could think of was the Westbrook YMCA, my daughter and her friend Caroline swimming. I find it both funny and heartwarming that my flannel board pieces made on the road, on a desk, in a car, on a plane...on the beach...hold more than the story from the book. They hold my place in time, with my family and friends, houses and dogs and cats. This is a good thing, (Martha Stewart)!
Now, as I continue to craft flannel into stories I may be more aware that I am logging memories, (or not). I still travel with flannel and scissors in my book bag most days. And I laugh to see that I must have 4 manilla file folders in my bag as well! Tomorrow I will be in NYC for KidLit at the New York Public Library. I suppose if anyone needs a quick flannel board story - I can draw it out for them on the folder and provide flannel for the backing. I have proof that the pieces will last at least 18 years.
p.s. (piper script) I am saying Good Night for Piper. But we are wondering - Do you love this book as much as we do? How do you tell the story of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything?