Written by: Isaias, Traveling Librarian Extraordinaire
Today I visited the Maya Tzutujil School and the ADISA Special Education Center in Santiago Atitlan. I shared the story, Duck on the Bike by the celebrated children’s author David Shannon. I was surprised by the enthusiasm which radiated from the students, especially when they had the opportunity to “stamp” their hands in white paint to create the figure of a duck with their fingers and palms. They loved feeling the sensation of the squishy liquid paint between their fingers.
Before creating their white painted ducks, local students enjoyed listening to the weekly story hour where we explored farm life and the animals on the farm where Duck lives. The story came to life with animal sounds and the children delighted in helping me make the tink-tink of the bicycle bell.
My time at ADISA is always heart-felt. Antonio, a student with spinal cord injuries spends the majority of his day in a wheel chair. He shared that he particularly liked today’s story, and imagined himself in his wheeled “vehicle” just like Duck on his bicycle.
I am grateful for our supporters of the traveling library program who in turn, provide me with the oportunity to bring story hours and plentiful smiles to rural school children in our community. Thank you!