If you missed Portland Stage’s live (online) production of their “Play Me a Story” version of Little Beaver, you have until May 16 to find it in video form here.
This is delightful rendition, with creative use of the illustrations, that will get kids off the couch and actively involved. It seems to me a perfect way to spend a half hour, for kids in need of diversion and entertainment (and let’s face it, that’s just about everyone now).
Many thanks to the cast and crew who put this together. And be sure to catch the rest of their Play Me A Story shows, every Saturday morning at 10:30 live online; or in their video archive.
And for videos of me reading some of my favorite books aloud, check out my Tea and Story Time with Amy series:
Episode #1 (“Rachel Fister’s Blister”) #2 (“Cousin Ruth’s Tooth”), #3 (“Quentin Fenton Herter III) , and #4 (“Little Beaver and the Echo”).
Snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal, share a cup of chamomile tea with Amy, and listen as she reads one of her best-loved books, Little Beaver and the Echo.
This time, something different: original music, and a new setting.
In response to COVID19, I’m making videos of me reading my children’s books available online for parents and teachers who are looking for ways to keep kids entertained and engaged with books while we’re all stuck indoors.
“Storytime with Tea and Amy” is designed to create a comfortable safe place where young children are encouraged to “share” a cup of tea while snuggling with a stuffed animal friend.
The first three episodes are now on YouTube. Feel free to share them with:
- kids needing a respite from the troubling world of the Corona Virus,
- teachers looking for educational & entertaining online content for distance teaching,
- or parents simply needing a quick breather of their own when children are cooped up all day at home.
Episode #1 (“Rachel Fister’s Blister”) is available now, as well as #2 (“Cousin Ruth’s Tooth”), and #3 (“Quentin Fenton Herter III) , and #4 (“Little Beaver and the Echo”).
I hope this might help just a tiny bit to get through this difficult and scary time for kids.
Readers of this blog know how much I adore Maurice Sendak and his work. (See previous post, and the one linking to a very moving Terri Gross NPR interview on death and children’s literature.) He was wise, funny, and biting, right up until the end, and in honor of that, I now post a link to his interviews with Stephen Colbert in which he speaks his mind (sadly prophetically) about e-books and many other things. (Warning: salty language, bleeped out!!)
Why you should always write to your favorite author:
Source: Shaun Usher, Letters of Note
Terry Gross has done a very moving Fresh Air interview with Maurice Sendak, author of some of my favorite picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen. I’d always thought of Sendak as a grumpy old man (in the best way, because I have a soft spot for Grumpy Old Men–like Uncle Philbert), but Gross brought out a wholly new side of him. I found myself actually weeping as they talked. It’s a must listen. Check it out here.