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The Enchanted Forest at Schaumburg Township District Library

The Enchanted Forest is a special part of kidsZone at our Central Library. The Forest introduces children to the world of books in a unique way. The Enchanted Forest features murals and 3D representations of illustrations from classic children's books, allowing kids to enter the scenes themselves as they play.

This scene from Wind in the Willows is based on illustrations by Michael Hague and shows Mr. Toad at a riverbank picnic, enjoying a cup of tea alongside his friends Badger, Ratty and Mole.

The Enchanted Forest also includes the inside of a cottage. Mole's cottage that is. Also from Wind in the Willows, the cottage design is based on illustrations by Beverly Gooding. You can even see the field mice on the benches - they came caroling one cold December night and were invited in by Mole and Ratty.

Here we see characters from Beatrix Potter's Tale of Tom Kitten and Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

Near Mole's cottage you'll find a castle courtyard filled with familiar nursery rhyme characters based on illustrations by Tomie dePaola. See if you can find Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Bobby Shaftoe and the Man in the Moon the next time you visit the Forest.

Around the corner are two familiar faces: Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Winnie the Pooh, based on Ernest Shepard's illustration of the silly ol' bear. Here we see Pooh is reaching for some honey so he and Piglet can create a trap to catch a Heffalump.

The Enchanted Forest is also home to three murals: a scene from the Grimm Brothers tale The Water of Life, based on an illustration by Trina Schart Hyman; Rumpelstiltskin, based on an illustration by Paul Zelinsky; and a scene from Three Aesop Fox Fables, based on an illustration by Paul Galdone.

Finally, we see Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear scheming to play a trick on Fox and Wolf, based on an illustration by Jerry Pinkney for the book Further Tales of Uncle Remus.

The Enchanted Forest was conceived and planned by members of our Youth Services Department, along with professional design firm Chicago Designs, in 1998 when the Central Library was built. Elements in the Forest were created by Skyline Design.

Next time you're at the Library, stop by the Enchanted Forest to play in scenes from these classic works and enjoy the magic of the literary world.

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