Children learn about vegetables at Maben SRP

From the Maben

Public Library


It was another fabulous day at the Maben Public Library on June 18; wall-to-wall kids were listening, looking and squirming as Pam Awad, the Mississippi State University nutrition educator, presented her program about “Digging Into Reading.”

Ms. Pam is no stranger to the Maben Library as she has presented several programs to the Maben children over the years. Tuesday, she chose a book titled “Tops and Bottoms” as her vehicle to move the children into listening to Mr. Bear and Mr. Hare and the harebrained scheme of making money.

Mr. Bear was well off, but Mr. Hare was flat broke with many children to feed. So one day he talked Mr. Bear into letting him raise a crop on Mr. Bear’s land. Mr. Bear loved to sleep, so it wasn’t hard for Mr. Hare to get the better deal. One took the top of the crop and the other took the bottom of the crop.

Of course, Mr. Hare planted only vegetables that grew underground. At the end of the season, there was a big fuss because Mr. Bear knew he had been had. So the next season the same thing happened; except Mr. Hare planted crops that grew above the ground.

Mr. Bear was had again. So Mr. Bear told Mr. Hare that he was going to get the tops and the bottoms of the next crop. Yep, you guessed it. This time Mr. Bear got the roots and the tassels and Mr. Hare got the ears of corn.

As the children went through the program, they were quizzed as to whether vegetable pictures were root crops or above-the-ground crops: beets, radishes, tomatoes, corn, squash and potatoes.

Next Ms. Awad had them draw pictures of three vegetables and to color them. They then cut the vegetables out. After that, they glued their vegetable to their pre-prepared plate that they had colored brown for the ground and blue for the sky. If the vegetable was a root crop it was glued to the bottom. If it was an above-the-ground crop it was glued to the top. Thus you have Tops and Bottoms.

After the minor cleanup, Ms. Mary had the drawing for the registration prizes; the winners were Lanie Williamson and Jamarius Webb. The prize for the most books read in a week was a tie between Avery Hazzard and Kali Huffman in the 4- to 7-year-old group. Jace Makamson and Sarah Cantrell tied in the 8- to 12-year-old age group. Ms. Awad handed out bookmarks to all children present.

Afterwards, most of the children checked out bunches of books in preparation for next week’s drawing.

Next week, the Summer Reading Program will feature an underground animal: worms. Dottie Dewberry will present the program. Lots of crafts, jokes, worm food (apples and bananas), door prizes and games have been planned for the children. Claude Brown, formerly of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission, will assist with building the worm farm.

These programs start promptly at 10 a.m., so parents have your children present so they don’t miss out on any of the events.

Awad watches as the children glue pictures of vegetables to plates.

Awad watches as the children glue pictures of vegetables to plates.