I went to jail last night.
The warden's words:
"It's a book crime.
Didn't you read the fine print
when you signed up for your library card?
Accumulate too many overdue books,
we lock you up."
I woke up feverish,
confessed all to my amused hubby,
who reassured me it was all a dream,
and the police have more important things
to worry about than avid readers.
It must have been my subconscious brewing.
I've been dealing with escaped zoo animals lately.
These are my Goodnight Gorilla Nesting Puppets.
Our nesting dolls were such a hit
that I tried some for the birthday boy
based on one of his top books:
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.
I sketched some simple animals inspired from the book,
trying for an arched stacking shape.
The bases are of sturdy felt.
Fabric scraps are cut to mimic the sketches:
(a soft gray flannel face for gorilla,
patterned triangular pieces for armadillo's armor,
green grass to contrast elephant's limbs).
(fringed scraps for giraffe's and lion's mane and tail,
flannel patches for giraffe, mouse's stickie-outie ears, hyena's spotty pattern)
and embroidered faces.
Then, with right sides facing each other, tails and ears tucked in,
I sewed them together, turned them right side out
Standing, stacking puppets.
My mom suggested I tie the banana to the mouse.
The result? A slew of escaped zoo animals that stack from small to big.
My little gorilla is thrilled.