Join us Monday evenings as we spark imaginations by hosting virtual bedtime stories with “Bedtime Buckaroos,” presented by Paycom.
Storytime plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week we’ll feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and Museum staff.
This week, listen to John Lodge, Education Programs Manager at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, read “Charlie Russell and the Gnomes” by Emily Wilson (Author), Jeanne Bowman (Illustrator).
“Deep in the woods of Glacier National Park, artist Charlie Russell struggles to create his latest painting. With fellow artist Joe De Yong, he hikes into the wilderness to clear the cobwebs from his mind. Just as the artists disappear from sight, three gnomes funny little creatures that Charlie built from twisted branches and birch bark POP! POP! POP! to life. They know how to inspire Charlie s next masterpiece! Jumping down from the porch, they search the forest floor for just the right thing to jog his imagination. Creating an afternoon of magical mischief, author Emily Wilson crafts a modern fairy tale based on the life of Charles M. Russell (1864 1926) and his many letters. Illustrator Jeanne Bowman fills each page with the beautiful colors and wildlife of Glacier National Park, a landscape that still conjures awe in visitors today.”
About the Reader
John Lodge is the Education Programs Manager at the Museum. He is responsible for planning and implementing a variety of programming for young audiences including the monthly themed Kids Take Over the Cowboy series and School Break Activities. Born in California and raised in Texas, he has worked in Museum Education for ten years at historic sites and museums in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Maryland.
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