Friday, October 21, 2011

The Autumn Blanket

The story this week (and next week) is Autumn Blanket, adapted from Autumn: A collection of songs, poems, and stories for young children published by Wynstones Press....

Mother earth was sitting inher cozy red room under the roots of the figtree. her fingers were busy weaving in and out they were weaving an Autumn blanket for children-and Autumn blanket to keep them warm when the days grew cold.

 In and out her fingers went. In and out, an Autumn blanket to keep out the cold.
Mother Earth wove many things into her blanket: brown and green grasses, leaves of all colors, corn husks, white woolly clouds...In and out, an Autumn blanket to keep out the cold.

After many days of work the weaving was finished and Mother Earth put it down. She steeled into her chair and fell asleep.

In the night sky the stars were twinkling. They looked through the roots of the fig tree where Mother Earth was sleeping. They saw the Autumn blanket with its green and brown grasses, its golden corn husks, its white woolly clouds, and leaves of all colors--all woven together, in and out to keep out the cold.

"A warm blanket indeed," the stars agreed. "But where are the lights to guide the earth children through the winter nights? Winter will be dark. let us give them some of our light.

Mother Earth was dreaming of twinkling stars, and when she awoke she found beams of starlight woven into her Autumn blanket. 

Mother Earth smiled and rose from her chair. Now the Autumn blanket was ready. It had both warmth and light for her children to wear through the cold and through the dark. And she took the blanket and spread it out over the land....

Closing song...
Twinkle, Twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are.
Stars in apple, seed pod, pear
Stars in berries everywhere,
So you guide me near and far,
twinkle, twinkle, little star

I hope you enjoy some story time magic with your loved ones this weekend!
If you have any suggestions or resources for well loved stories, please leave them in the comments section:)

more from our week together...
painting a rainbow silk

have a lovely weekend!


  1. What a lovely story, I bet the children were mesmerized!
    Do you know the "everything for..." books?

    They are excellent and full of ideas!

  2. oh I love that and will be sharing that with my small ones this week. Thank you for sharing all your lovely stories with us x

  3. Beautiful story! I plans on using this one soon.


  4. So lovely! I love the different version of Twinkle Twinkle

    Jacq :)

  5. What a wonderful, heartwarming story. It made me smile while reading...
    I especially like the tidal-like rhythm created by the periodical repetition of the " ... an Autumn blanket to keep out the cold."-part

    I bet the children loved it...

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. We love this story very much. We use the peg loom and weave a little blanket. The Wynstones books are one of my most treasured and well used set of books. Gems.

  7. What a generous one you are. Thanks x E

  8. This is a lovely story. Your blog inspires me and makes it seem do-able if that makes sense. Thank you!

    I was wondering what kind of paint are you using to paint the rainbow silk?

    Thanks again! :)

  9. How sweet. I liked that one a lot. Here is a link for MANY Aesop’s Fables . You will have to expand on several of them to make a story long enough for story time, but the base is there. I love Aesop’s Fables. Take care.

  10. Do you know this site? And this book: Ammenmarchen (It must be translated in English as well, short repeating kind of fairytales) from Liane Keller
    Greetings Severine


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