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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Frog and Toad at the Fair

We spent much of the day at the Alphabet Forest, getting ready for the many visitors who will come there to celebrate words. The Minnesota State Fair can be a busy place, but the Alphabet Forest is a haven, a quiet place under the trees where guests read books, meet Minnesota authors and illustrators, have a photograph taken with the letters from State Fair signs, cook up some words in the word kitchen, play word toss, make the ever-popular mini-banners, pick a word duck, and more. Most important are the blue ribbons visitors get for completing a game card with two things found at the Fair for every letter of the alphabet.

When we took a break for lunch, I noticed this small bowl atop the windowsill. Ahh. Frog and Toad sent currant tomatoes (about the size of my pinky tip) with our librarian friend Kim. So glad they thought of us! I can imagine the things they would love if they visited the State Fair and even some of the words they might want to add to their game cards: ice cream for I or tadpole for T. Maybe I will get them started when I visit the Alphabet Forest again next week.


  1. How wonderful, The Alphabet Forest!!!!!!!!!!! May I borrow this idea to introduce it to an organization here in town that puts on lots of Festivals?

  2. It certainly is a wonderful place to sit for awhile during a tiring visit to the busy fair I have several well-worn copies of Frog and Toad books on grandkids' bookshelf. After a recent culling of books to donate, they're still here and are read over and over and over again!