Carle Kids

Writer and illustrator Eric Carle once said, "I believe the passage from home to school is the second-biggest trauma of childhood; the first, of course, being birth.
" So it's no surprise that he has devoted his life's work to creating soothing, colorful children's books with positive messages to counteract childhood's harsh realities. Fans of Carle's stories have an opportunity to experience some of his book characters in 3-D with Very Eric Carle, a puppet performance of three Carle classics. The Very Busy Spider, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon all feature nature-themed protagonists who use their imaginations and wits in unique ways to triumph over adversity. The show uses black-light puppetry, featuring black-clad puppeteers who become nearly invisible against black curtains on a dark stage. The puppets, oversized replicas of Carle's illustrations manipulated by rods, illuminate and animate with no visible means of support. The performers, from Nova Scotia's Mermaid Theater, specialize in adaptations of children's literature. It is part of the Eisemann Center's Family Classic Theater program. The show's final Texas stop is at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. November 16 at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Tickets are $6 to $18. Call 972-744-4650 or visit --Stephanie Durham

On Thin Ice

If you've got a yen for seeing Tarzan in a loincloth doing pirouettes on skates--and we know you do; don't lie--take the opportunity to mosey over to Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St., to check out the icetastic excitement of Disney's Jungle Adventures on Ice from November 19 through November 23. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, and prices range from $10 to $50. Call 214-665-4269. --Mary Monigold

Calling Jay Jay
It's a super-sized story time

Pint-sized bookworms will hear readings by noted children's authors Edith Tarbescu (Annushka's Voyage, Bring Back My Gerbil) and Deborah Morris (Shark Attack, Snowbound), among others, and get a visit from every 3-year-old's favorite television personality, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, at the Star-Lit Children's Literary Festival on Saturday. Jay Jay's creator, Dallas resident David Michel, also will be there. The festival, which also features carnival food and the ubiquitous face-painting booth, benefits the Dallas Bethlehem Center, which provides children's programs such as after-school programs and a community choir to kids in South Dallas. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J. Eric Jonsson School, 105 E. 10th St. Tickets for adults are $25, tickets for children ages 3 to 10 are $10, and children under 3 are admitted free. Call 214-642-4541 for advance tickets. --Julie Lyons

These Socks are made for walking and reading

As grandparents go, it would be hard to find a cooler pair than Ron and Caryl McAdoo. (Given that they have 12 grandchildren, the odds are pretty good that they may be your grandparents.) The McAdoos, who go by the pen names Grami and O'Pa McAdoo (it's what the g-kids call 'em, natch), will be at the Creekwalk Village Barnes & Noble (801 W. 15th St.; 972-422-3372) reading from their children's book titled The Adventures of Sergeant Socks: The Journey Home at 2 p.m. The McAdoos, who own River Bottom Ranch near Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, are even bringing along the real-life Sergeant Socks to meet the kids. That's right: There will be a horse in the parking lot. Fitting, since the McAdoos use their animals and grandchildren to inspire their stories. Which is cool, so long as they don't bring along their herd of Nigerian dwarf goats to the reading, too. --Eric Celeste

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