George’s Lantern–A story as we enter the dark time of year

This story was written by Mary Blanche, an EC teacher from Boulder Colorado.  When I first started teaching parent-child class many years ago with my dear friend Sue, we presented this story as a puppet play:

George’s Lantern

Lying in the meadow grass,

And gazing at the Autumn sky,

“Dear Father Sun,” said George out loud,

“It will be Winter, by and by.


“The nights will be long, dark and cold,

Jack Frost will freeze the ground.

How shall I find the light,

With so much darkness all around?”


Said Father Sun, “I’ll give you from my

Last Autumn rays–a spark,

If you will make a little house

To hold it in the dark.


With paper, paint, some windows,

And a candle it was done!

George came out and held his lantern

Up to Father Sun.


Suddenly the windows lit,

The spark was dancing bright.

Carefully, George carried home

His lantern in the twilight.


I’ll do the story this week for the children in my class.

Here are the puppets I made–they are refurbished from other stories–Father Sun was the parson in The Golden Goose and I don’t remember what story the boy was in.


I used wool I dyed using the Redding Method for Father Sun.

We’ll be making lanterns this week with glass jars and tissue paper and star garland handles–simple and beautiful–for our lantern walk this Friday.

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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