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Storytime at Morven

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Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ 08540

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Storytime at Morven

$10 per family; Free with Family membership (unless otherwise noted)
Ages 2 to 5; Spaces limited to 12 children

November 2 Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton

Duck is fed up with chores that leave him “picking tiny bits of grass and espresso beans out of his feathers.” So with a sign that reads “Farmer Brown Must Go! Farm Election Tomorrow!” the ambitious bird throws his hat in the ring. Join us and get ready for Election Day as our Curator of Education and Public Programs, Debi Lampert-Rudman reads Duck for President, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and Rob Scotton’s Splat the Cat for President. Following our stories we will have a special craft and our own “barnyard” election in Morven’s Garden Room! Weather-permitting, we may also take an “after voting” stroll in our Garden.

November 16 – A Morven Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano and Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode

As home to a large number of families throughout hundreds of years, Morven has seen many joyous Thanksgiving celebrations. Please join us as we host our first Thanksgiving Storytime in our Garden Room featuring several special Thanksgiving tales including the comical Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper and Caldecott award winning illustrator Diane Goode’s Thanksgiving is Here. We will also create a “horn of plenty” to take home.

December 7 – Holiday Trees Storytime – (10 a.m. or 2 p.m.) The Trees Of The Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco and Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

The Trees Of The Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco a wonderfully enchanting and beautifully illustrated tale about community and sharing with one another at the holidaysand Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry first published in 1963 (when Governor Richard J. Hughes and his wife Betty Sullivan would have been celebrating Christmas while living at Morven with 6 of his 9 children) – the tale of a Christmas tree too tall for Mr. Willowby’s mansion’s parlor…which through many interesting occurrences provides smaller Christmas trees for seven homes. Join us to make a new holiday tradition of storytime at Morven in our West Wing and then stroll through the Festival of Trees with us and vote on your favorite tree!

December 28 – Wintertime Storytime – (10 a.m. or 2 p.m.) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Join us to make a new holiday tradition of storytime at Morven in our West Wing and then stroll through the Festival of Trees with us and vote on your favorite tree! Our Curator of Education and Public Programs, Debi Lampert-Rudman will read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett.

The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats’s illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition.. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats’s gentle tribute. This classic picture book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was “the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero”. When The Mitten was published in 1992, Morven was in the process of beginning the work of transitioning from a home to a Museum…a world of changes. Based on a Ukranian folktale, The Mitten is the story of a little boy’s lost white mitten that becomes home to a wide range of woodland creatures…before finally being returned to its rightful owner.

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