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Storybook houses bring children's books to life

San Antonio Botanical Gardens unveil new exhibit

SAN ANTONIO – Just in time for spring break, the newest exhibit at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens is sure to bring out the kid in us all.

With the help of the area architects and designers, popular children's books come alive in storybook houses.

"They are so fun!" Cindy Klemmer, Botanical Gardens director of programs said. "They all relate to nature in some way. We have Dr. Seuss, we have Jack and the Beanstalk, called San Antonio and the Bean Stalk for our installation."

Five storybook houses have been placed around the Botanical Gardens. Sleeping Beauty's castle was designed by architect, millwork and welding students at South San High School.

With the connection of nature and literacy, the hope is that the storybook houses will inspire kids to read.

"So all of the books that the exhibits are based on are in the gift shop," Klemmer said. "And we have a copy out in the garden, at the exhibit, so parents and kids can look through and read the books together as they are exploring the storybook houses. And if they would like, (they can) pick up a copy to take home with them."

There are other events planned for spring break at the Botanical Gardens, including family programs and a plant sale.