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A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes stories, and music
' Mummy,' said a small listener, ' What is a "junior lamb"?' The answer was, of course, ' Julia Lang. ' who is back on the air today to begin her next monih as storyteller for our under-fives.
Tomorrow she will repeat
Dorothy E. Brown 's story called ' Mousie,' about a little girl whose pet was an imaginary mouse. Mothers who have watched their children at play with their own imag.nary friends will understand why so many boys and girls liked this tale when they heard it before, and will know, too, how important a part such make-believe act vi y plays in their development. For as yet they hardly distinguish between the real and the imaginary, and in playing out these fantasies they are finding their way about life, re-living experiences they have already had, combining different experiences into completely new ones, and experimenting with new situations of their own creating. Thus anything which finds its way into their everyday lives may reappear in their play, though, to the grown-up, their choice of ' friends ' is sometimes undoubtedly unexpected-for example, one youngster we heard ot had adopted a sea-!ion, and another found a girl-friend called ' School Fees 'I Elizabeth A. Taylor
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A programme for children under five
' He likes it here because he has food and milk and someone to take care of him,' said a little girl as she watched her ' rather grown-up ' black and white kitten. She had listened to Jtan Surchliffe’s story of ' Peter the little Black Kitien ,' and as her mother said, she attributed some of Peter's sentiments ' to her own p:t. In evoking by example, which is always more forceful than precept, such interested and sympathetic consideration by the children of the needs and natures of their pets, our stories can help to incu'cate those ideas of kindness to animals which we would have them develop. This story of the homeless kitten, which has remained a favourite since its first broadcast on the first day of this series, will be heard again on Friday this week.
Tomorrow, being May Day. brings
' The May Day Tree.' by Susanne Hale. It is based on an old country custom and after its broadcast last year we were told of a family of children whose delight in its pretty theme prompted them quite spontaneously to emulation. They. too, took a branch and decked it with flowers and danced like the children in the story.
Elizabeth A. Taylor
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