My daughter and I went to a book reading this Saturday at The Bookworm. The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson captured my attention as we have a copy at home. One of my dearest mommy friends gave it to our family as a farewell gift when we left London to move to Beijing. We met on a bus in London when her first daughter was only three weeks old. Since that moment, we braved many story times in the libraries around east London. I was happy to find a bit of this magic back in Beijing at The Bookworm.
The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson is about a girl who finds a magic paintbrush and the adventures that follow are both magical and an ethical lesson for children. The kids were all listening and en enraptured by our story teller, Karin Markowski, a teacher at the Pakistan embassy college. She had a little riddle for the kids, of course some painting after the story telling, and hot chocolate and cookies followed after.
This morning proved story telling is still a great way of spending time together, in a magical environment where books line the walls. The Bookworm makes it a bit easier for parents with coffee and breakfast. I would not mind spending every Saturday morning at The Bookworm with a latte.
While there, I found out what else was going on at The Bookworm. They will host a flea market this Saturday November 26 from 12pm till 6pm on their rooftop terrace. The following Saturday, December 3 Karin Markowski will resume her story telling with another favorite by Julia Donaldson, Stick Man. Be sure to brings some sticks to create your own stick man after the story.
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Pauline van Hasselt has just started working for beijingkids. Born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, she moved with her husband and her 3 year-old daughter to Beijing in June of this year. Prior she lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, Paraguay, Texas, and London, studying and working as a chef. Pauline enjoys biking around Beijing, finding markets and new restaurants, reading crime and fantasy books in bed, and most importantly, turning her house into a home for her family.