You Look Ridiculous... by Bernard Waber
Sadly, the only surviving felt story from that era is You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (1973) by Bernard Waber, the same version that I have put in previous storytimes of my own. If you're familiar with the name Bernard Waber, it's most likely because of Lyle the Crocodile or Ira, two of my childhood favorites.
You Look Ridiculous... is very similar in plot to stories like Monkey Face and The Mixed-Up Chameleon, where the main character imagines himself with physical characteristics of other animals and winds up...err.... looking ridiculous.
Some of the other stories told and/or performed with puppets through my predecessor's career included The Carrot Seed, Claude the Dog: A Christmas Story, William's Doll, Humbug Witch, The Witch's Christmas, Claude and Pepper, One Fine Day, The Wind Blew, Mole and Troll Trim the Tree, Monkey Face, Harry and the Terrible Whatzit, The Cat in the Hat, Belinda's New Spring Hat, Don't Think About a White Bear, Where the Wild Things Are, and Mrs. Mopple's Washing Line.
Do you recognize any of your own childhood favorites? I certainly do in The Witch's Christmas, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Cat in the Hat. I've used The Carrot Seed and Monkey Face in storytimes of my own. I'd love to hear memories of any of the above mentioned titles. What wonders have you found from "back in the day" floating around your department's files? What will you leave for the future?