On Friday, I went to the George Latimer Central Library in St Paul Minnesota (my library) to watch a puppet show created by my friend, librarian Kim Faurot. I have heard from writer friends about Kim’s awesome puppet shows, but I have never been to one.
Wow! In this one, the overarching story is about waiting for a dragon’s egg to hatch. But the show is sprinkled with music, props, excellent voice talent, and, of course, poetry! There were classics like Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson represented, along with Shel Silverstein, a Hmong-language poem about farming, and even a bit of the Sugarhill Gang. What a treat!
Like Sesame Street, the show included humor for both the kids and the grown-ups, and many moments of sheer joy. The toddlers and preschoolers were rapt for the entire 40-45-minute performance. Here are a few pics. There’s one last public performance Monday night at 6:30, so if you’re in the Twin Cities, make your way there!