Storyteller Pat Nease told funny stories at the Southwest Branch of the West Florida Public Library’s Summer Reading Program at Big Lagoon State Park last Wednesday. She told about ‘Rugalug’, the baby bunny who doesn’t listen to his mommy, Molly Cottontail when told to stay in the brush and hide. When hopping out into the open he encounters a snake and a fierce but hilarious chase ensues. Pat’s unique abililty to combine physical expressions complement the action in the story keeping everyone on the edge of their seats.
She also told a story about Queens: one with a cold heart (brrr), a cold nose (sniff), a cold chest (cough), and a beautiful but sad queen (awww) who encounter a brave and handsome prince (tada!), with a ‘happily ever after’ ending.
Another story was based on Goldilocks and The Three Bears, where children volunteered from the audience to be the dad, mom, child and bear. Mom makes porridge which is too hot to eat so they all go out for a walk; a bear looking for food tastes the porridge, checks out the chairs, and ends up crashing baby’s bed to pieces much to the child’s surprise.
The last story, a rather animated one, is about a girl who tries every which way to move the pig across the stye so she can get home. Pat recruited children from the audience to play each part. In the end the butcher goes after the ox, who drinks the water, who puts out the fire, who burns the stick, who beats the dog, who bites the pig, who finally jumps across the stye!
NY Life representatives Ann Baisden and Jeremy Reeder provided free child identification kits. They will also be at the upcoming programs in June and July.
Next program will welcome Cartoonist/Author Mike Artell. Programs are Wednesdays at 10:30AM through July 11th at the Big Lagoon State Park Amphitheatre (except July 4th); a West Florida Public Library card gains you free admission. The program is sponsored by The Friends of the Southwest Branch Library. For information call 850-453-7780 or visit library.cityofpensacola.com.