Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Windy City beckons ‘Mother Goose’

May 18, 2006

Lansing children soon will lose a new friend. Two, actually.

Though Story Time will continue at Lansing Community Library after Sue Cobb, known by the children as "Mother Goose," moves to Chicago, she will be taking her goose puppet "Gracie," with her. Cobb made two appearances at the library May 2 and 4, where she read stories and entertained the children with the puppet.

"The library was just delightful," Cobb said. "Just seeing the faces on the children makes it all worthwhile."

Cobb plans to move to Chicago to be closer to family, and she hopes to continue the performances there, an idea her son, a full-time entertainer, planted in her mind.

"He thought this would be something good for me to do up there," Cobb said. "But he wanted me to have some experience. I thought I'd just do this to get some practice."

To get her started, Cobb's son purchased the goose puppet online for his mother. Gracie has been an instant hit.

"She's my new pet," Cobb said. "I think she's a very wonderful goose."

And based on the warm reception Cobb has gotten, the children must agree.

"What I'm trying to do is interactive things," she said. "I'm really trying to get them involved and they've really been doing that. They've really been involved. That's just a great thing."

Just as Mother Goose and Gracie will be missed, Cobb will miss the children of Lansing and the appreciation she gets here. Since receiving the puppet, Mother Goose has put in a lot of story time, but it gives a satisfaction that's more play than work.

"This is just kind of my way of saying 'thank you,'" Cobb said.

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