February Story Newsletter 2014Posted by Suzanne, on February 5th, 2014

Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts

ECE Story Newsletter and Event Updates for February 2014

In this IssueAnnouncements and Events
February Story – ‘Spring is Coming’Do Share this story newsletter with friends and colleagues
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Wise Grandmother Rod Puppet Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Thanks to all who ordered Old Gnome!  Sold out of the first
printing!  Hugs to you!   Ready now for more orders….
‘Old Gnome Through The Year’
12 Adventures- One For Each Month Of The Year
plus Needle-Felting Instructions for Making Old Gnome Table Puppet!
For ordering and book details click on this line.

Valentine Tales for Early Childhood
Resource Book #5  is still growing.
It will have to wait until next year.  The stories keep coming, what can I do!

Time to order ‘Spring Tales’ for Early Childhood
for more information on contents of the book click on this line.
You can order via email – suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com

Wonderful Spring Finger Puppet Kit
Mama Birds and Babies in a Nest
 For more information click on this line.
You may order via email – suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com

New – Certificate Puppetry Training 2014/15
West Coast 
Location Santa Cruz, CA
Part one (of 3) begins June 28 – July 10
To request your info package click on this line.
Taking applications Now

Story Apron and Rod Puppet From
Our glorious current New Hampshire Training Group

Event  Highlights !!! Coming Soon

March 29,30  Tucson, AZ, Regional Workshop
Therapeutic Puppetry Tool Box – Protection Stories
and the Sense of Well Being (Life) 
Open to All!
Contact suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com for info.

April 12,13 Kelowna BC
Regional ECE Puppetry Workshop

Theme TBA

Events for March, April, May

March  14-16   Language – Building our Humanness
Speech Development and Puppetry –
A Lifeways California Retreat Workshop – FULL

March 29,30 – Tucson AZ   Regional ECE Workshop
Therapeutic Puppetry Tool Box – Protection Stories
and the Sense of Well Being (Life) 
Open to All!
contact suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com for information

April 12,13- Kelowna BC  Regional ECE Workshop
Puppetry theme TBA

April  22-26   Keene, NH  Part 2 Certificate Puppetry Training
Therapeutic Theme – FULL

May 8,9,10  – Milwaukee WI – ECE Regional Workshop
The Wise Grandmother Rod Puppet – A LifeWays
Deepening Weekend – all welcome
Contact: Mary – lifewayschildcare@gmail.com

Planning Ahead Events Summer

June 2014  – Alaska Regional ECE puppetry workshop
a 5 day immersion

June 28 – July 10 New Series Begins
Certificate Puppetry Training
Santa Cruz, CA –  Part 1 – Theme pedagogical puppetry

July 24 – August 5  –  Certificate Puppetry Training Part 3
Keene NH – FULL

theme  – Artistic Puppetry Fairy Tales and Marionette Theater

Contact suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com
for information and registration.

(Keep your eye on this monthly newsletter, as I will be adding new workshops
and weekend courses)

February Story – ‘Spring is Coming’

It was February, the forest was quiet and snow was falling.
Even though it was late in winter there was a foot of snow on
the forest ground.

Papa and Lucy walked over the land through the deep snow.
Every now and then a robin would fly near and rest in the branch
of a tree.  Shake, shake, shake, robin was trying to get the snow off
her feathers.

‘Papa,’ said Lucy, ‘this is a long winter, when will spring come?’

‘Oh Lucy, you are right.  We have had a lot of snow and cold
weather this year.  But spring has already started,’ said Papa!

Lucy looked around and said, ‘Oh Papa, are you teasing me?’

‘Not at all Lucy, deep in the earth,  bulbs and seeds are weaving
their spring gowns and ladybugs and beetles are polishing their
spring garments.  Animals are starting to wake up, the bear,
the groundhog, even the frogs sleeping with eyes shut tight in the
mud of the pond.  They are getting  ready for spring,’ Papa said
smiling at Lucy.

‘Come over here Lucy, I will show you something!’  Papa took
Lucy by the hand and led her over to a cluster of bushes.  He
pushed back the snow.  Underneath was a most magical sight!
Strong green stems and leaves grew there, with white bell shaped
flowers hanging on them!

‘Look Lucy,’ said Papa, ‘these are spring’s first flower.  They are
called Snow Drops, and they always grow when late winter snow
covers the earth.  See, spring has indeed started!’

Lucy knelt down and looked deeply at the flowers.  ‘They are beautiful,
but aren’t they cold in the snow,’ she asked?

Papa nodded at her and said, ‘you would think they would be cold, but
in early early spring Grandmother Winter knits a blanket of snow to
keep the first flowers warm.  These snowdrops look very happy
don’t they!’

Lucy smiled and could almost hear the twinkling sounds of their
snow drop bells.  They seemed to sing out, ‘Spring is Coming,
Spring is Coming.’

Lucy took her Papa’s hand and walked on to see what other spring
surprises they would find in the snow.

The End

Thank you all for your support!

I love to hear from each and everyone of you, please feel free to contact meanytime
with questions about my courses, suggestions, ideas, and of course anything puppets!

Best Wishes,

Suzanne Down
Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts

Email: suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com
Web: www.junipertreepuppets.com


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