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2013 LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM ~ PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Performance Theme: Story of the Root Children
Under the ground, deep in the earth, among the roots of the trees, the little root-children were fast asleep all winter long. So begins the lyrical, magical story of nature in Sibylle von Olfers’ classic 1906 German children’s book, The Story of the Root Children. The children spend the winter asleep deep underground in the care of wise Mother Earth. When spring comes they wake up, sew new gowns and capes, clean and paint the beetles and bugs, and climb out into the lovely warm spring sunshine. After playing in the fields and meadows all summer, Mother Earth kindly ushers them back to their home underground to prepare for the return of winter.
Cara Zara begins by reading The Story of the Root Children then as “Mother Earth” she guides the library children through a reenactment of the tale. As “root children” they play with fun props representing winter, spring, summer and fall. Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons plays lushly in the background as Cara Zara performs a Hoop Dance routine to one movement from each season. This delightful and engaging library program incorporates the “underground” theme, storytelling, nature, the cycle of seasons, literature, illustration art, classical music, dance, and the allure of spinning hula-hoops.