In this program, two of Esphyr Slobodkina’s stories, Mary and the Poodies and The Wonderful Feast are delightfully performed as musical narratives.
Following the performance of Mary and the Poodies, children talk about how the poodies helped Mary to be good. Each child receives a follow-the-dots page. They are asked to make a “good manners” Poodie that might help them do something that they don’t like to do. A discussion period follows.
Through Mary and the Poodies, children learn that being good can be very easy with a little help from the imagination. Finally, children learn the “Poodie” song and act out the manners of their Poodies while they sing together.
In The Wonderful Feast, children listen to a story about sharing. All the animals in the barnyard are hungry. Why is their plenty for everyone? Children participate through song and mime.*
Program Time: 45-60 minutes
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* This program complies with New York State Standard 1. Students will actively engage in processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.