READ IT & SLEEP, our monthly literacy evening, returns with a very special event! Charter Oak Cultural Center will be reading “The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest” by Lynne Cherry.
Thanks to generous support from Connecticut Humanities, we are also pleased to present Liz Gruber, Storyteller as part of this event!
We encourage guests to attend in their pajamas, enjoy a story (or two!), snacks, and a beverage! FREE!
About THE GREAT KAPOK TREE: The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how “all living things depend on one another” . . . and it works. Cherry’s lovingly rendered colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the “wondrous and rare animals” evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures.
About LIZ GRUBER: Liz’s stories make connections across time, experiential, ethnic and national boundaries with world folktales as well as contemporary and personal stories aimed to audiences ranging from the youngest children to family and adult audiences.
Liz has shared the magic of Oral Tradition in a variety of settings, from festivals to intimate groups and relishes them all. In schools, her stories and activities always support curriculum, while they expand vocabulary, develop listening skills and imaginations, often addressing issues like self esteem and community.