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Your Time: Arcadia Story Fair

  • Micah Kumar, 4, of Florence, left, shows his mother Alexis Kumar a book he authored and illustrated April 12, 2017 during a preschool story fair at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • 1. Una Ehrenfeld, Margot Ehrenfeld, Ivy Cardoza 2. Dimos Raptelis, Carrie Raptelis 3. Carolina Hale Rattigan 4. Micah Kumar, Alexis Kumar 5. Benjamin Dambrou, Marieanne Dambrou 6. Autumn Cardoza 7. Ruthie Dinsmore Cover: Sheila Greenlaw, Eleanor Greenlaw, Louisa Greenlaw 1. Una Ehrenfeld, Margot Ehrenfeld, Ivy Cardoza 2. Dimos Raptelis, Carrie Raptelis 3. Carolina Hale Rattigan 4. Micah Kumar, Alexis Kumar 5. Benjamin Dambrou, Marieanne Dambrou 6. Autumn Cardoza 7. Ruthie Dinsmore Cover: Sheila Greenlaw, Eleanor Greenlaw, Louisa Greenlaw

  • Autumn Cardoza, 3, of Holyoke, uses felt characters to tell stories April 12, 2017 during a preschool story fair at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Carrie Raptelis of Northampton reads to her son Dimos, 4, during a preschool story fair April 12, 2017 at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Carolina Hale Rattigan, 3, of Florence, pretends to smell a bit of "stone soup" April 12, 2017 during a preschool story fair at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Sheila Greenlaw of Northampton reads to her daughters Eleanor, 4, center, and Louisa, 2, during a preschool story fair April 12, 2017 at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Ruthie Dinsmore, 5, of Florence, puts on a puppet show April 12, 2017 during a preschool story fair at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Benjamin Dambrou, 4, of Leeds, reacts to a hedgehog stuffed animal on his mother Marieanne's head April 12, 2017 during a preschool story fair at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The four walls of one classroom were no match for their imagination. Immersing themselves in stories, youngsters at Arcadia Nature Preschool traveled to worlds beyond their reach.

But this time, their families came along.

On April 12th and 13th, the preschoolers at the Mass Audubon Society wildlife preserve in Easthampton held a Nature Story Fair to exhibit what they’ve been learning.

Fantasy stories were brought to life with animal puppets, finger paints, a fairy tent play area and books both authored and illustrated by the young children.

“It can be hard for preschoolers to think back and articulate what they did in school, so it’s nice for parents to get the inside scoop,” said teacher Ruthie Ireland.

Guided by their youngsters, parents excitedly engaged in the playful experience.

Dimos Raptelis of Northampton sat enraptured as his mother, Carrie, read to him.

“You get to learn about things,” the four year old said of books.

And Carrie Raptelis? She said her son teaches her plenty of new things, too.

Sarah Crosby can be reached at scrosby@gazettenet.com.