One Shoe Blues!

It is hard to believe two weeks has passed since our January Friday Fun for Kids! We featured Sandra Boynton’s One Shoe Blues book, starring B.B.King. It was so nice to see lots of BOYS at the workshop!

Mina and I got to the bookshop early to set up the room, the projects, and the DVD player. As we were setting up, a little boy, about 3 or 4, came in with his grandmother to read some afternoon books. As the workshop began, they sat off to the right, listening, but not wanting to intrude. That little boy looked so interested in the book and so curious about the project, that I had Mina give him an extra kit. He was THRILLED! He absolutely loved it. It warmed my heart to see him so grateful and happy to be included.

First I read the story, One Shoe Blues, which stars B.B. King, his guitar Lucille, and some sock puppets. B.B. King sings about how he lost his shoe and how now he has the “One Shoe Blues.” The sock puppets help him remember where he left it…silly B.B.King! We finished the story and then dove into making sock puppets! Everyone got a sock and some sticker shapes. The moms helped out by putting the sock on their hand while the child decorated it with all the shapes. That little boy fell in love with his sock puppet and didn’t take it off the whole time! He named it Skateboard!

After the puppets were done, we sat down, snacked on gingersnaps and watched the short (12 minute) DVD that comes with the book— a performance by B.B. King of the “One Shoe Blues” song with the sock puppets. It is cute. Then we read a few more music-themed books including The Musical Life of Gustav Mole by Kathryn Meyrick and Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs (book/cd) also by Sandra Boynton.

The Musical Life of Gustav Mole follows a little mole born into a musical family. We follow him along as he develops his love of music from child to adult. In the end, he becomes a composer and marries an opera singer. The children learn about different instruments, different musical styles, etc., in a way that is approachable.

Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs approaches music and rhyme in a fun silly way. Each page is a different song enhanced with Sandra Boyton’s familiar pictures. There is sure to be a giggle found at the end of each song. Mina especially likes the silly Noodle Lullaby and always giggles at the last line: “…and the Owl went…..MOOO!!” That just cracks her up! “Mama, the owl went MOO!! Ha, ha, ha! Owls don’t go MOO!!”

When we were wrapping up our Friday afternoon, the little boy, still wearing Skateboard, his Sock Puppet, put on his coat, and left with a BIG smile on his face.

We hope to see you at our next Friday Fun for Kids! February 12, 4 p.m. This third event in our new series (the second Friday of each month) of storytime and crafting events for children has a Valentine’s theme: sweet stories and treats–then kids 3 and up will decorate their own Valentine’s mailboxes. Registration required, $15 per child, please call 801-484-9100.

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