February 15, 2012

Mr. Gumpy's Outing

Everyone around me who's good at what they do are always on the lookout for information they know will come in handy.

I try to do this with songs but ain't very successful at finding where to put enormous amounts of information.

But here's a blog, and there's also the next newest thing, Pinterest, so perhaps I shouldn't complain.

I do feel, oh so very often, like the very special "bear with very little brain"... and since Winnie-ther-Pooh was good enough for lots of people in the world, I figure I'm just fine the way I is.

So. Mr. Gumpy, who lives by a river. Mild mannered, patient, open to new ideas - so how can he resist children, a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a pig, a sheep, some chickens, a calf and a goat who want to come along for a riparian ride in his lovely little boat?

Of course, he insists that they behave well - and they do. For a time.
But you can guess what happens: the children fuss, the cat chases the rabbit, the dog nags the cat...and everyone mucks about generally, until the boat tips over and everyone ends up in the water.

In true Arcadian fashion, they all climb out, and dry themselves in the sun as they walk across the fields back home...to have tea.

And I think that's why I love this little book so much: it's such a simple little story, with such a sunny disposition, and a happy ending under a bright, full moon.

You'd need 11 characters from your audience to play the different roles - perhaps they may be given puppets or masks to hold in front of their faces. Perhaps you'll have something for them to sit on - like a parachute, which you can then start to "tip over" as a sign for your young audience to fall all over the place with reckless abandon.

Readers theater - readers are actors - we are all storytellers.
The end.

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