Getting creative at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Outreach programs are an important part of library services; for children who have difficulty visiting the library, outreach brings the library to them. This summer, Miss Debbie, Miss Constance, Miss Kelly, and I – Miss Amy – visited the summer camp groups at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. We all had fun doing craft projects and telling stories.

The kids in Miss Debbie’s and my group were very creative listeners. When I told them my version of “The North Wind,” they illustrated it, showing how stories can have different faces for different listeners. The story concerns a boy named Peter (or Per) who loves cookies so much that he marches into the mountains to ask the North Wind to return the flour he blew away so carelessly, lest he go without cookies until next year. Peter receives magical objects instead… but ever since he stayed the night at the Long-Nosed Troll Hag’s Inn, they don’t seem to be working right. It’s only with the last object that Peter figures out how to outsmart the greedy hag — and here, pictures speak louder than words.

troll hit with stick

troll hit with stick

Here are the magical items the hag tries to steal:

troll has her greedy eye on these

troll has her greedy eye on these

The magical objects get mischievous…

the magic stick needs a new target after fending off the troll hag

the magic stick needs a new target after fending off the troll hag

And Ali writes an ending:

in which the troll does time for the crime

in which the troll does time for the crime

And they lived happily ever after.

(To reserve a copy of The Troll with No Heart in His Body, from which this story came, click here.)

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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