This old story book was a new find for me this year. I visited our school library
to see if it was on the shelf but I was too late. One of our grade 1 teachers had
in her hand. She told me it was her favourite book to read to her class this time
of year. She let me borrow it so I could learn to tell it as an oral story with props.
I shared the story several different ways this past week.
First I read the book to the children and grand friends during our
visit this past week.
Then on Wednesday I attempted to tell the story to a group of young
children at our last story time of the day.
The story is a bit long for the age that was in the group and the group
had a difficult time sitting still, so I made it interactive. Giving the
children a chance to move Mousekin in and out of the windows and
add feathers and cotton to the Golden House as needed during the story.
Finally I told it to the grade 1 class, after their teacher had read them
That was a better age for this story.
The story ends, with snow falling on the Golden House with
Mousekin snug comfortably inside.
Mousekin’s Golden House is now in our school garden so we can
watch it change through the winter.