Saturday, October 20, 2007

Welcome!

I have created this blog so we can talk to one another, and share stories, information, and inspiration about our work and lives with children and families. Wait! I Want to Tell you a Story is the title of Tom Willans's charming and hilarious picture book for preschoolers, which is one of my favourite children's books. It's the Scheherazade story for preschoolers. Do you know it?

Jane

6 comments:

Jeremy said...

Hi Jane!

It's great to see you have a blog now! My wife and I are expecting our first child and we can't wait to tell him/her (we'll know soon) a story!

We need to start practicing with "What'll I Do With The Baby-o?" so we will have our stories ready to go-o :-)

Jane Cobb said...

Hi Jeremy,

I'll be looking at your website in 3 weeks when you'll post the latest ultrasound. Then we will know wether we are celebrating a boy or a girl baby. Either way, what a gift!

Your copy of Baby-o is on its way!

Susan said...

Hi Jane and congratulations on your new blog. I love Tom Willans's "Wait! I Want to Tell You a Story." I think it's a great name for a blog. Can't wait to read more.
-Susan

Lionel said...

Hi Jane,

Here is a children's story about perseverence called "Two Frogs In Trouble" often recounted by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Once a big fat frog and a lively little frog were hopping along together when they had the misfortune to jump straight into a pail of fresh milk. They swam for hours and hours, hoping to get out somehow; but the sides of the pail were steep and slippery, and death seemed certain. When the big frog was exhausted he lost courage. There seemed no hope of rescue. "Why keep struggling against the inevitable? I can't swim any longer," he moaned. "Keep on! Keep on!" urged the little frog, who was still circling the pail. So they went on for awhile. But the big frog decided it was no use. "Little brother, we may as well give up," he gasped, "I'm going to quit struggling."

Now only the little frog was left. He thought to himself, "Well, to give up is to be dead, so I will keep on swimming." Two more hours passed and the tiny legs of the determined little frog were almost paralyzed with exhaustion. It seemed as if he could not keep moving for another minute.

But then he thought of his dead friend, and repeated, "To give up is to be meat for someone's table, so I'll keep on paddling until I die--if death is to come--but I will not cease trying--'whi1e there is life, there's hope! '"

Intoxicated with determination, the little frog kept on, around and around and around the pail, chopping the milk into white waves. After a while, just as he felt completely numb and thought he was about to drown, he suddenly felt something solid under him. To his astonishment, he saw that he was resting on a lump of butter which he had churned by his incessant paddling! And so the successful little frog leaped out of the milk pail to freedom.

-Lionel

Bright Ring said...

Hi, Jane. You and I should write a book together someday ... meshing art and rhymes somehow. Hmmm. Sounds like work to me! I know, you write the book, and I'll clap my hands in appreciation. :o)
Good seeing you again in Tacoma!!!
MaryAnn Kohl

Jane Cobb said...

Well so much for my blogging efforts! I'm exploring Facebook and Youtube now and various ways to post videos and audio files or rhymes and songs. I will get back here one of these days. Meanwhile, thank you for checking in, and blessings upon you!