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Jun 27

“Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems” is new Storywalk book in Antioch Park

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM by Becky Burnside

A bilingual poetry book about animals is the next Storywalk selection, which is now available for viewing in Antioch Park. 

The new selection is “Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems - Aleteo Y Zumbido: Poemas De Animales,” written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis.

"Flutter and Hum” is the first fully bilingual English/Spanish book installed at the Antioch Park Storywalk,” said Johnson County Library Early Literacy Coordinator Bradley Debrick. “Each double spread of the book has the same short animal poem in both languages: English on the left side and Spanish on the right. Paschkis peppered her illustrations with English and Spanish words, as well, making this book an excellent example for the library’s early literacy skill ‘Notice Print All Around You.’  As families read this book together, no matter what language they choose, there is print filling the pages.”

Poetry is also a new aspect being introduced to Storywalk by this book, Debrick noted. 

“We’ve done rhyming books in the past, but this is the first book of poetry,” he said. “The library has a vast collection of children’s poetry books that, in my opinion, often goes overlooked. I’m hopeful that showcasing a book of poems at Storywalk will encourage families to seek out other books of poems to read together at home. There are many outstanding and award-winning writers of poetry for children.”

Storywalk consists of a series of panel signs that provide an interactive reading experience for children and their parents or caregivers. Each station contains two pages from a popular children’s book with a suggested activity or action rhyme. Storywalk is located along a walkway just south of Building A in Antioch Park.  Each Storywalk book remains in place for roughly three months.

In all, “Flutter and Hum” includes 12 poems about a range of animals from a giant whale to a tiny moth. Paschkis’ earth-toned paintings use a the folk-art inspired style  which is alternately dazzling and subdued.  In addition to the poems, individual words float around, over, under, and through the pages.

Storywalk at Antioch Park, which is coming up on its fifth anniversary in October, is a cooperative venture of the Johnson County Library and JCPRD. Debrick said he still hears positive public feedback on the program, most often when he’s in the park installing a new Storywalk.  

“Kids are always curious about what I’m doing which gives me an opportunity to explain Storywalk and enrich their visit to the park,” he said. “I occasionally hear people talking about the Storywalk when I’m at the Antioch branch library just a quarter mile away on Shawnee Mission Parkway. There are a lot of families who visit Antioch Park and the library one after the other. I am thrilled that they value their time in both places.

He added that he also hears from other agency’s wanting to initiate their own Storywalk-like program. 

“A number of cities, libraries, and park departments across the metro have inquired about our Storywalk and a few have even visited wanting to take this idea into their own communities,” he said.

Antioch Park is located at 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam.