Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Skunk on a String

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Actions speak louder than words, and Thao Lam has two activities to accompany her wordless book, Skunk on a String, that have a lot to say, indeed. Younger readers can decorate a paper balloon with scrapbook paper and imagine floating away on their beautiful new creations. Kids with scissor skills will have a blast cutting and pasting together their very own skunk masks!

Activity Suitability: 3+ (for the balloon activity) and 5+ (for the mask activity)

Skunk on a String

In Skunk on a String, we meet a skunk who has been tied to the tail of a balloon. Try as he might, the persistent critter can’t get anyone to untie him. In this wordless story, he’s shooed and swatted through a bustling parade, past the windowpanes of the city’s apartment buildings with their diverse, busy inhabitants, then up to the construction cranes high above the city. The story is told through detailed paper collage art in whimsical colors and patterns. Join author/illustrator Thao Lam for a simple collage activity for young children inspired by this heartwarming, highly visual adventure.

  • Children's

Thao Lam

Thao Lam studied illustration at Sheridan College in Toronto and works as an art buyer in educational publishing. She has an insatiable love of coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. Skunk on a String is Thao’s first book. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.