The “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” exhibit opens at the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia on Saturday, June 7 and will be available for viewing during regular society hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday) from June 7 through Sept. 20.
Storyland transforms three beloved and award-winning picture books — The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill — into three dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
The skills are disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension. Children explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play.
• Families can immerse themselves in the world of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, one of the bestselling children’s books of all time. Children explore Peter Rabbit’s world as they build vocabulary and narrative skills while having fun with patterns, words and dramatic play.
• The Snowy Day welcomes visitors to Peter’s wintry world, where a young boy explores his neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. In addition to dramatic play activities, children have opportunities to build print and sound awareness.
• The exhibit features an area based on Where’s Spot?, a well-known board book about the search for Spot the dog. Babies and young toddlers will explore sounds and images through busy wall interactives, highlighting how literacy development begins at birth.
• Children are encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience by creating a drawing based on the books and writing a caption, title or story. A digital Drawing Cam will capture the paper image and visitors can add it to an electronic gallery of other postcards for visitors to see.
Stop in and attend the grand opening celebration, including a story time at 11 a.m. by a special guest. The historical society will also host a two-week Scholastic book fair, starting during the celebration, to further encourage literacy and summer reading!
For more information, contact (952) 442-4234.