WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Children and their parents enjoyed a morning out during story time Saturday at Barnes & Noble.
As cases of cabin fever disappeared, almost a dozen children sat mesmerized as Deborah Castner read “Egg” and “When Spring Comes” during story time.
“What are all these?” Castner asked the group of children sitting on benches, as she pointed to a book.
“Chickens!” the group responded.
“Chicks,” she replied, noting the difference.
As she read the Kevin Henkes book, Castner, a school teacher during the week, would ask the children questions about the stories, such as, “What color is that?” and “They did what?”
Anthony Argento, 4, of Forty Fort, knew all the answers. Having read the book before gave him an edge.
The book talks about four eggs — a blue, pink, yellow and green egg. Three of the eggs hatch, but one doesn’t. The blue, pink and yellow eggs become chicks while the green egg takes longer — spoiler alert — because it’s a crocodile.
The green animals are Anthony’s favorite, he said.
Anthony’s father, John, said his son has a hand puppet of the animal.
Anthony and his father, John, are regulars at the Arena Hub store. Though his favorite color wasn’t part of the “Egg” book, Anthony had ample time to create an orange egg because the children in attendance were able to color different egg-related coloring sheets as well as assemble “egg-based” character pieces.
“Do you want to read another one?” Castner asked as she pulled out the book about spring.
The book talks about spring coming and going as well as what happens in the spring. As Castner held up the book, she asked what the flowers depicted were doing.
Norah Banks, 4, had the correct answer.
“The flowers were dying,” Banks, of Wyoming, said. As is typical of spring, the Laura Dronzek-illustrated book showed snow coming.
Sarah and Sam Gomelko came with their mother, Abbey, and sister, Phoebe, to the reading. It was the Gomelkos’ first time at the weekly event.
Abbey said it was the children’s first time out of the house since the major snowstorm this past Tuesday.
“I had been out, but I wasn’t taking all three of them out,” Abbey said, noting Phoebe, 15 months, was still in a baby carrier.
At least the activities Saturday will allow the children to bring a little springtime atmosphere into their home.
Sam, 4, and Sarah, 3, were going to “decorate” their upstairs bedroom of the Kingston home with their character pieces.