Sunday, December 2, 2007
(almost) 50 Below Zero
This past weekend, we were visited by Canada's foremost children's author, Robert Munsch. Mr. Munsch has published about 50 books - including The Paperbag Princess, Mortimer, 50 Below Zero and Love You Forever - which, all together, have sold more than 30 million copies. He came, at his own expense, to be part of the Bookwagon program and tell stories to the children of a public housing neighbourhood in Saint John.
On Saturday morning, in minus nineteen degree wind chill, Robert Munsch joined the Bookwagon program. The bookwagon is a small, hand-pulled garden wagon which follows a 3 ½ kilometer route lending books door-to-door. Over the past 5 winters, children and adults have borrowed more than 15,000 books from the wagon. At each stop where Robert Munsch met children, he made up a story about them on the spot. We had hot soup for lunch and swapped stories. Then, later that day, he told stories to the families at the local community centre.