Let Me Tell You a Story

concert style fairytale reading accompanied by animated illustrations and live music. 

Totally different, interactive and fun storytelling for children (3+) and the whole family!

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Saturday, 30 November 2019 / 11:30 am
Sunday, 1 December 2019 / 10:30 am

STRIBORS FOREST
Friday, 6 December 2019 / 6 pm
Saturday, 7 December 2019 / 11:30 am
Sunday, 1 December 2019 / 10:30 am

RAPUNZELS CHRISTMAS
Friday, 13 December 2019 / 6 pm
Saturday, 14 December 2019 / 11:30 am
Sunday, 15 December 2019 / 10:30 am

MOTHER CHRISTMAS
Friday, 20 December 2019 / 6 pm
Saturday, 21 December 2019 / 11:30 am
Sunday, 22 December 2019 / 10:30 am

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Location: Ribnjak Youth Centre (Centar mladih Ribnjak), Park Ribnjak 1, Zagreb.

Tickets are free and may be collected 30 minutes before the show
at the Ribnjak Youth Centre ticket office.
Please book your tickets at pocoloco.rezervacije@gmail.com

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Little Red Riding Hood
Everybody is familiar with the story of a little girl who adores her red hood, and under no circumstances wants to take it off hence earning the name: Little Red Riding Hood.  But, little known is that her grandma loves her so dearly that she offers to remove seeds from her grapes, is ready to do her homework for her, buy her as many as three gifts for Christmas and in general is ready to spoil her in every which way, as grandmas are known to do.  Because of this love Little Red Riding Hood readily sets out to her grandma’s house carrying with her a basket overflowing with delicious food: lamb, pork, sausages, onions, dumplings, polenta, and pasta ... bounty of food from traditional Croatian cuisine to world’s culinary classics.  Yum, all of this delicious and sweet aromas even tempt a wolf.  Will the big bad wolf manage to get to grandma, Little Red Riding Hood, and even the basket?  We don’t know … Come and find out!


Stribor
s Forest
Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, one of Croatia’s most prominent children’s book authors, wrote “Stribor’s Forest”. This old story tells a tale of an incredible strength of mother’s love, the love that can move mountains because mothers can do anything in order to protect and bring happiness to their children.
A simple and naïve young man meets a snake in Stribor’s forest who turns herself into a beautiful maiden. He takes the maiden home and marries her, but since he lives with an old and wise mother she quickly realizes the deception.  Their lives are not idyllic because the malevolent daughter in law finds different ways to torment the old mother.
One day, when mother’s heart was particularly heavy, another miracle occurred, but this time a good one: from the kitchen hearth leapt out small elves called Natives and helped mother prove her daughter in law is actually a snake.  But even when presented with the proof, the son doesn’t want to believe and sends his mother away.  Natives then take the mother to their Elder, Stribor, to lend a helping hand.  He offers her to return to her village, to her youth, when everything was merry, innocent and without a care.  But when the mother realizes that that means she would have to forget her son she refuses the offer and with that act saves her son.  At that moment all the enchantments of Stribor’s forest cease to exist because it is entered by the one “whose heartache is preferred to all the happiness of this world”.

Rapunzel’s Christmas
There is a forest, in it a house, and in the house three bears: mama bear, papa bear and a little bear.  They are all looking forward to Christmas and as soon as the first snowflakes appear, they start readying themselves for the winter slumber.  Each bear must have their own bowl of oatmeal (I don’t know if you were aware how much bears love oatmeal, and it is said to be very healthy), their own present under the Christmas tree (to bring joy to each other), and their own warm, crinkling bed (for their winter slumber).  And so, while the oatmeal was left to cool, bears stepped out for a walk through the woods.  A little girl with golden hair, whom we’ll call Goldilocks, was walking through the woods at the same time.  She was starting to grow tired of walking because she was lost, hungry, and cold. To save herself, she enters the warm house of our three bears and finds there everything she needs: delicious oatmeal (yum!), beautiful presents and the most comfortable bed. 

And what do you think, will the little bear be happy to see someone ate his dinner, opened his present and laid down in his bed?  Will he be upset? Or will he be sad?  Will bears help Goldilocks return to her home and to her Mom?  We know, come and will tell you all about it.


Mother Christmas
In Lapoinia, where Father Christmas lives, it is so cold that even squirrels wear gloves! In Laponia the air is filled with the scent of vanilla cookies because everyone is busy readying for Christmas, whole armies of elves preparing gifts for children all over the world! In Laponia Father Christmas woke up this morning and … Well wait a minute children, is this possible? He is sneezing, coughing, and sniffling … he caught a cold.  He can’t travel like that.  But who will then give out the numerous gifts? I know: Mother Christmas!

Yes, yes, she too knows about a lot and can do a lot.  All these years she watched Father Christmas bringing joy to children and has added to his strength so she decided to give it a go.
She enrolled into “School for Christmas” where she proved to be an excellent student. She learned to sing Christmas Carols, to lower herself down the chimney and exclaim: ho, ho, ho!  But she did all this just a liiiiiitle bit differently, giving it her own spin.  What do you think, will the children be happy?  Will their presents arrive on time?  Of course they will, do not worry.  Listen what Mother Christmas whispered to us: “The most important gift is the gift of love, and as far as I understand math, we receive much more love when we share it with others.  Besides presents, you can gift a sandwich, doughnuts, chocolate, a look at the stars ...”