Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Read 'em Cowboy!

While back in Cheyenne I had taken the kids to the library and picked out several books to bring home. One of the books we enjoyed reading was Tops & Bottoms. This book by Janet Steven is about a lazy bear who doesn't want to tend to the crops. The Hare (whom we all might remember from another story) is pretty clever in growing and particularly harvesting the crop. All the while the Bear snores away and is lazy. After we had been reading it for a few nights my oldest son informed me there was a small play put on in the music room at school and parents were welcome to come have a peak if they wanted. I gathered the two other boys and headed into town. As their little play began, I was surprised to see my son playing the part of the Bear.

It was a very difficult part to play. He had to be lazy and just roll around on the chair. His acting capabilities were astounding! I don't know how many kids could have performed that part as well as he did.

It's tough being lazy! The other children played the parts of Hare's family and went about planting and harvesting crops. It was really too adorable. So fun to see the book we had been reading come to life, with music and singing too!

Well, the reason they used this particular book was because the author and her sister were coming to the school for a visit that week! Susan Stevens Crummel and her sister Janet Stevens are so talented and their books are just wonderful!

We purchased one book ahead of time to have the authors autograph it. We got Ten Gallon Bart and when I opened the front cover I read the message to my son.... "Read 'em cowboy!"

16 comments:

ourtinydot said...

Carin - Tops and Bottoms was one of our favorite books to read when our kids were your kids' ages. To this day, we'll be riding along in the van and someone will say, remember that book about the lazy bear? And they'll tell the whole story from memory. Really neat that you got to meet the author!

Anonymous said...

Carin- I'm glad to see that you got the pictures. We miss you all.
The Maret's

Robyn said...

Sounds like a great day. I have never read that book but will have to go check on it for the grandkids!

Anonymous said...

What a great blog entry. Grandsons...books....performing arts...are all at the top of my list. Such a great experience for Bridge. m-b

Sharon said...

What a great post about your son and his school play.
It was neat the he got to meet the author of the book.
Priceless memories for him.
God bless

Woolverton Girl said...

We'll have to look for that book. Looks like the kids had a good time acting it out. We love going to the library!

Allison said...

Great post! My son loves little western books like that! His room is a cowboy room and he is actually going to be "Rowdy the Rat" in his alphabet parade, which is a rat dressed like a cowboy. We have the chaps, boots, hat, lasso, etc. I can't wait!

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Sneaky Momma said...

That's one of my favorites. actually know Susie Stevens Crummel in real life. Too cool!

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carrielt said...

I see an Academy Award in his future.

Andrea said...

Thanks for stopping by and giving me such a wonderful compliment - the best compliment a mom could get :) The play looks like so much fun and what a proud moment to see your son playing such an important role. I'll have to look for that story at our library. Thanks for sharing.

He And Me + 3 said...

What a cute play. That is a great book and how cool to meet the authors. That was a neat message from the author too.

chili pepper said...

You are NOT kidding. A little boy sitting still for any more than 10 seconds is nothing short of a miracle. In front of a group of people...even more so! You must be so proud. I've not seen my boys do it in seven years.

thedomesticfringe said...

That's awesome! I'm going to have to look for that book in our library.

-FringeGirl

Oh ya, I'm having a book give-away today for moms. If you want to enter, you have until Wednesday night.

-FringeGirl

Red Thread said...

Wow...that part would have been perfect for me! ;o) Looks like a cute story!

Shelby, Patrick and Kids said...

What a cute book and a neat chance to see your son in a play. I think it is so wonderful that the author was there too!

J K L M N O P said...

Our kids mostest favorite book! My sister got it for them!! Great lesson in it too! Should be mandatory reading!