A few days ago, Fuse #8 posted a bit of news saying that Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed was going to be shown at a theater in Brooklyn. It made me so happy — as some of you may know from this previous post, I’m something of a shadow puppet enthusiast and a definite fan of Reiniger’s work.
Case in point: this past Saturday I did a shadow puppet production of Hansel & Gretel at my library. I think it turned out rather cute, so I thought I’d share a few images with you.
The first show our hero and heroine (volunteer kids from the audience) talking to their father in the forest.
Here the kids look hungrily at the fabulous gingerbread house.
Lastly, the evil witch casts a spell on Hansel. See that green glow? That’s the magic spell. Green is always the color of magic, right?
The more astute among you will see the great debt I owe to David Wisniewski’s Worlds of Shadow for this production. If you’re interested in shadow puppetry, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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My library began its own blog, Storypockets, a few months ago, and they’ve recently begun a wonderful little feature that I’m going to present to you for this week’s video-o-rama.
See, the Children’s Department co-hosts this fabulous children’s author series called Black White, & Read All Over. About once a month or so, we have the pleasure of hearing a kidlit author or illustrator in our lecture hall. It’s always been fine and dandy, but THEN somebody got the BRILLIANT idea of asking these kidlit people to do a brief video for Storypockets. And lo, it is awesome.
I can’t post the videos directly onto this blog. But . . .
- You can go here to see the always-ebullient Mo Willems give a rather straightforward pro-reading speech. Kinda like “Reading-Rainbow-Meets-Mr.-T.” It’s sideways because it was the first time we had ever used the camera. (Cough.)
- If you liked that, then you can go here and see Paul Zelinsky reading a poem by Jack Prelutsky.
Finally, the requisite off-topic video du jour. A few weeks ago I posted a video about world peace and office supplies; today I post a video about world peace and canvas bags. Let me just say that I’ve decided that what my life really needs is an anthem button.
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