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Subject: Stone Soup and Captain Kangaroo
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 9:12 PM ET
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This evening, a storyteller visited our local branch library and related the tale (with great animation, I might add) of Stone Soup. When she finished, a representative from one of the area food banks spoke about the concept of sharing in Stone Soup and how this relates to the needs of food banks and other aid-giving organizations.

I have always loved Marcia Brown's version of Stone Soup. When I was small, I remember that the story was often told on "Captain Kangaroo."  Here's the book's cover, if you don't recall.  http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Soup-Stories-Marcia-Brown/dp/0689878362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226974276&sr=1-1

 

Other books from "Captain Kangaroo" were

  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Little Red Lighthouse & the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift & Lyn Ward
  • Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey

Does anyone else remember these special reading segments on "Captain Kangaroo"?



Last Edited on: 11/18/08 9:19 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I can't believe how vague my memories of Captain Kangaroo are. I remember the crafts they would do, and all the ping-pong balls falling on him. I do remember him reading books and that they would zoom in and show you the pages. It would be so miuch fun to watch some of those old shows over again.

The Little House was one of my favorites as a child. I have a copy of it stored with the rest of my childhood faves.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:06 AM ET
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I loved them!  I loved Captain and Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose and Bun Bun (Bunny Rabbit) and the whole gang.

Remember Tom Terrific with Crabby Appleton?  I call J "Crabby Appleton" when he's being cranky, LOL...

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 6:49 PM ET
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I loved Mr. Green Jeans! I remember Stone Soup, but that's the only one I remember him reading.

Does anybody remember Picture Pages with Bill Cosby, or New Zoo Revue?

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 7:07 AM ET
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I do, I do!!  <singing> New Zoo Review!  Comin' after you!

BTW, we are doing Stone Soup at the preschool and running a soup drive along with it, this week. :)

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 9:15 AM ET
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I miss preschool!!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 10:06 AM ET
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I loved Cap'n Kangaroo!  In addition to the characters Mr. Greenjeans, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit, don't forget Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear! Loved Stone Soup and also The Story of Ping, about a duckling in (I think) China......

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 1:09 PM ET
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Never heard of Captain Kangaroo, but I used to love Reading Rainbow when I was a kid.  I'd make a list of all the books they mentioned on the show and ask my mom to find them at the library for me!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:01 PM ET
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Oh Yes! I too loved Captain Kangaroo and the whole gang. And I do remember some of those books now that you mention them. That was the good old days!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 3:05 AM ET
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/me spanks Vanessa for being so young...

Marcy, I am going to miss preschool too.  It will be over for me in May.  Sniff, sniff....

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 7:36 AM ET
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It seems like K went from Stone Soup to Of Mice and Men in a matter of days. It's enough to make me cry.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 11:40 AM ET
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Yes, I remember Captain Kangaroo and the books that were read to us on that show! 

I remember several of the ones you listed:

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey  (I've heard there's a statue in the park to commemorate this favorite.)

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Curious George by H. A. Rey (Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Job?)

Also, Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel

Much slower paced than the programming that is on for kids now, wasn't it?

 

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 11:48 AM ET
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My kids loved Reading Rainbow, too, Vanessa.  (Now you've got that song in my head!) 

What were your favorites from it?  For me, it's A Chair for my Mother, The Purple Coat and Gila Monsters Meet you at the Airport. 

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 11:34 PM ET
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I liked Captain Kangaroo, but I LOVED Mr. Rogers. Esp. the land of make-believe. My favorites were the days that trolly didn't come, and, instead, he got his special miniture set down off the shelf. I tried to build myself one like that from toilet paper rolls and cracker boxes! I LOVED that set so much! And I LOVED New Zoo Revue. And also Kindersomething or another - I don't remeber. But I loved it! When I was in kindergarten, we had a seperate work book for each letter of the alphabit! I thought they were so wonderful! I tried to find them when I was teaching my own kids to read, but I never could.
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 1:14 AM ET
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Captain Kangaroo got me in trouble! He said to go find a couple of shoeboxes and well my mom kept them in the shed out back so I got caught rummaging around hollering I needed 2 shoeboxes..I notice that on these types of shows now they say 'ask an adult' LOL! wel believe me, I did after that!

I wonder if I can get him on dvd now? I miss that show!