Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library

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On September 21 in Megan’s Room at the Urbana Free Library, REEEC treated approximately fifteen children and parents to an Armenian folktale. Retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, Rooster Brother is the story of a poor boy named Melkon, whose name day rooster is stolen by three brigands who routinely plunder villagers’ property. To teach them a lesson, Melkon harasses the thieves by stealing their food, clothing and other items. Whenever he is successful in his endeavor, he leaves them the note “Rooster Brother was here. He will strike again,” and he eventually manages to drive the three good-for-nothings away. Following the story time, children enjoyed making a feathered rooster with wiggle eyes and paper feathers. The curriculum also included the beautiful Armenian lullaby Oror for the children to learn. REEEC and the Urbana Free Library will host the next Slavic Story Time in mid-March or mid-April. Children will listen to the Slovakian folk-tale Twelve Months, learn the song “It’s Raining, It’s pouring” and make paper violets.

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