Red Balloon Bookshop 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105 Sat., April 27, 10:30 am
On Saturday at 10:30, The Red Balloon Bookshop will play host to the Children’s Theatre Company for an Alice in Wonderland Storytime. While I am in the “So Many Books, So Little Time” camp, my husband believes children’s books peaked with Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. He and my kids love this book and re-read it regularly. I can only imagine that they would love to hear it read by the wonderful members of the Children’s Theatre Company.
Alice in Wonderland is one of those books that inspires imagination. It really does stand up to multiple reads and entertains on multiple levels. If I was going to recommend a starting point for reading the classics together as a family, this would be one of the very first (Winnie the Pooh would be the first).
The really cool thing about Alice in Wonderland is that it is in the public domain. You can get a new copy for under $3.00 from the Red Balloon or, because it is a classic that is worth re-reading, you can get one of the prettier hardbound copies for under $20.00. If you like to read on your iPad or listen to audiobooks, head over to BooksShouldBeFree.Com, where you can download it for free in multiple formats.
I wanted to add an at home tie-in of a family Alice in Wonderland cook-out, complete with a Mad-Hatter tea party and a game of croquet, but I don’t think our wonderful Minnesota spring is going to cooperate. Still, I think I will hold onto this idea for closer to summer. You can find the instructions for croquet here. Disney has this video instructional for the madhatter tea party. Honestly, it looks like more work than I would ever consider for a family dinner, but its fun to watch for some ideas.