Twice upon a time

Children’s treasured books find a new life at history museum

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STORY LAND // A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

WHAT // A traveling literacy exhibit that originated at the Minnesota Children’s Museum

WHERE // Upcountry History Museum

WHEN // Through Sept. 11

(Museum is closed July 4)

COST // $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and up) and college students, $4 for children and students ages 4 to 18, free for children age 3 and under and museum members

INFO // 864-467-3100 or upcountryhistory.org

A child’s mind is not the only place seven beloved picture books will come to life in Greenville this summer.

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At the Upcountry History Museum, they’ll come to life in Peter Rabbit’s burrow, a make-believe snow bank that’s a perfect spot to make a snow angel when it’s 90-plus degrees outside, and a “Tuesday” town overtaken by frogs.

It’s part of “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites,” a traveling exhibition that originated at the Minnesota Children’s Museum designed to help develop literacy skills in the younger set — children ages 2 to 7.

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“The goal of our education program is to teach history,” said Elizabeth McSherry, the museum’s director of programs. “A 2-year-old is not ready to learn history, but they are old enough to start learning literacy skills. We want to built their excitement for the written word so that when they’re old enough to start learning about history, they’ll love reading about history.”

For those children and adults who already know how to read, the exhibit provides a history of children’s literature, from the instruction manual-like books from the 18th and 19th centuries to the big, colorful books of the 20th and 21st centuries, McSherry said.

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The exhibit features such children’s classics as Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snow Day” and Eric Hill’s “Where’s Spot?” The exhibit also includes Arthur Dorros’ “Abuela,” Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” David Weisner’s “Tuesday” and “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” a book by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

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