Story hour about ‘house with a star’

By Dottie Dewberry

For the WPT


MABEN — As fall approaches, leaves are turning colors, fruits are gathered in along with the pumpkins, squash, potatoes and gourds. On Sept. 20, Ms. Mary chose to read to the children the story of “The Little Red House-no Doors-no Windows and a Star Inside.”

The story is about a little boy who was tired of playing with his toys and wanted something new to do. So, his mother sent him on a little adventure: he was to go find a little house without windows or doors and a star in the inside.

First he met a little girl, then a farmer, a grandmother, but no one knew where to find one. Finally as the boy was headed up a hill the wind came along to travel with him. When they came to the apple tree, the wind shook the limbs and out fell a red apple into the boy’s hands. The child hurries back to his mother to show her the apple; she then took a knife and cut the apple crossways. Wow, inside was the star with seeds nestled inside — no windows, no doors and a star inside.

Soon Ms. Mary had the kids coloring the eye and ear pieces to a pair of paper glasses. Afterwards, the ear pieces were attached and voila, they all donned their homemade paper glasses, which looked like apples with a worm crawling out the top.

Do you know what is worse than finding a worm in an apple? finding half of a worm.

Afterwards Ms. Mary cut apples crossways so they could all see the star inside. Then each child painted his or her apple with red paint and made imprints on white paper that showed the five-pointed star. As for myself, I was awesomely impressed with the star inside.

Last but definitely not least came the good part: eating the apples with caramel sauce. Yum! Yum!

Pretty soon, the new kids learned to pick out books, to go to the big desk downstairs, to scan the bar codes, to get a piece of gum and to trot out the door with momma following behind.

Maben Public Library has story hour every Friday at 10 a.m.


Khloei Earley, Kali Huffman and Jacob Woodard sport their paper glasses

Khloei Earley, Kali Huffman and Jacob Woodard sport their paper glasses