Where in the World is Storytime?

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For the second week of four multicultural storytelling sessions, storytime was from South Africa!

It was a wintery, windy Wednesday on June 8 at Melton Park but that didn’t stop a great crowd of 17 children and 12 adults attending a multicultural storytelling session hosted by Biloela Library and presented by Mel Corfield.

Mel was born in Pretoria and grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, before moving to Australia in 2012. Today’s story was the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood which Mel read in Afrikaans to the children gathered around her. Whether it is read in English or in Afrikaans, the Big Bad Wolf is still just as Big and as Bad!

Next, Mel read a Bluey book to the kids, “Hammerbarn” which was a popular choice with the littlies.

Everyone sang some nursery rhymes and Mel taught the children how to count from one to five in Afrikaans.

There were African animals to colour in and Mel from Little Brushes Face Painting added her own bright colours to the scene with tigers, butterflies, Spider-Man and cherry blossoms adorning happy faces.

Morning tea was a huge hit with children and grown-ups alike, with Mel having prepared popular dishes from South Africa – vetkoek (little fried buns) topped with savoury mince, chutney and cheese, Rolos (a much-loved chocolate there), and malva pudding (which tastes a lot like sticky date pudding but without the dates) served with custard and ice cream. Delicious!

The Where in the World is Storytime sessions are held each Wednesday in June. Next week the storytime globe will spin to India! If you would like to attend with your little one, please make a booking with the library on 4992 7362 (for catering purposes).

These fabulous multicultural storytime sessions are funded by the State Library of Queensland.

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