FORTY FORT — A precocious little girl, Madeline, a character from the well-known children’s book series, was given a unique 75th birthday party Sunday at The Academy for Early Learning.
Lillian Feibus, owner of The Academy for Early Learning, said children were invited to come and hear a story of “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans, and then build an Eiffel Tower out of cardboard. The story “Madeline” was first released in 1939.
It was part of a series of events called Literary Sundays that will focus on a different children’s book noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday at The Academy for Early Learning, 1188 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. There is a $5 fee to attend, and children and their parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate in the activities.
“Parents can come and hang out or get involved,” Feibus said. “We are all about parent involvement.”
Madeline’s no-fear, mischievous nature has always appealed to Feibus. Armed with her childhood edition, complete with loose pages that have yellowed over time, she read.
” ‘Madeline’ is one of my childhood favorites,” Feibus said. “I feel it teaches children it is OK to be naughty, but in a creative and productive way.”
With her well-loved copy of “Madeline” in-hand, Feibus added that the character “is a wonderful example to take advantage of every opportunity you can and not be afraid to sometimes take risks.”
Because Madeline’s stories are based in Paris, France, Feibus combined the book’s anniversary with that of the Eiffel Tower’s 125th anniversary. Building the Eiffel Tower out of cardboard was an idea borrowed from one of her classes called “Not A Box: Cardboard Construction.”
Turnout was low for Sunday’s first event due to the long holiday weekend, but Feibus says she is not deterred.
Next Sunday, Feibus will be holding Literary Sunday in the Forty Fort Park during the Forty Fort Craft Fair. She’ll read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The activity to follow is still being planned.
“We will also be providing four hours of entertainment during the Forty Fort Craft Fair,” she said.
On Sunday July 20, “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak, will be showcased as children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and learn the “Wild Rumpus.”
The Academy for Early Learning offers a wide selection of classes in reading, writing, math, and science as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities and tutoring for children 3 and older.
To find out more about Literary Sundays, or other classes and programs at The Academy for Early Learning, visit https://www.facebook.com/theacademyforearlylearning, call 570-817-0031 or email email@example.com.