Sneak Peek: Cinderella Story

dress on stairsCinderella’s fairy godmother managed to do wonders with rags, rats, mice, lizards and a pumpkin. Local high school artist Vicky Gebert produced something just as miraculous with plastic bags, forks, chicken wire, bubble wrap, and drinking straws!

bodiceWorking over the course of 25 hours, Vicky used wire cutters, hot glue, and scissors to sculpt the dress into existence. In total, she used 5 feet of bubble wrap, 30 trashcan liners, 60 straws, 100 t-shirt bags, 25 forks, 25 feet of plastic blue lace print, 1 Styrofoam box, and 5 feet of chicken wire.

This dress is the centerpiece of a “Cinderella Story” program we’ll be hosting in April. A slew of young stylists (ages 3 – 10) will design and model their own dresses constructed of different materials. In addition to exhibiting her creation, Vicky will be on hand at the program to answer questions and lend her “fairy godmother” artistic talents. I’ll definitely post pictures in April. But I couldn’t resist a little sneak peek today…

dress in archPhotos by Minjie Chen

The BiblioFiles Presents: Candace Fleming

candace flemingJust posted! An in-depth audio interview with author Candace Fleming.

Her award-winning biographies for children include Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life; Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life; The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary; The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum; and Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Candace discusses her research process, her pursuit of primary sources, her philosophy on writing difficult material for young audiences and…my personal favorite…her surprising answer to people who think that reading biographies is boring!

The interview streams on Cotsen’s website, click here to listen.

Our 50th Post!

our 50th postWow, that was fast. Cue the band and ready the confetti cannon. It’s our 50th post!

It seems only yesterday that I launched this blog and became a first-time blogger. Thank you for your interest and support, especially the subscribers who have joined me along the way, and the folks who have sent in questions, comments, and suggestions.

Now that there’s a good stock of posts to explore, this seems as good a time as ever to announce my new blogging schedule. Moving forward, I’ll be posting one story time project a week (I’ll aim for Tuesday mornings), with at least 2 posts from other categories per month. We’ll see how it goes!

I’d love to hear from you. What parts of this blog do you like? The story time projects? The art supply recommendations? What would you like to see more of? Are there any new directions you’d like me to take? Is there a book you’d like to see featured? A craft project you’d like me to develop? The goal of Pop Goes the Page is to be a creative resource for librarians, teachers, museum educators, parents, and children…so how can I serve you best?

E-mail me! danas@princeton.edu

One tantalizing glimpse into the future…I’m planning a contest to celebrate our first birthday in August, and the prize is plenty o’ goodies for your art cabinet. So stay tuned!