Lois Lowry's Blog
The production of THE GIVER in Chicago used a puppet as a baby; here is the puppet-baby with Jonas, played by Aaron Lawson and also the puppet-maker, Taylor Bibat. Usually the baby was wrapped in a blanket and so the audience would only see a waving hand or nodding head; and the sound...whimpers, giggles.. was provided very effectively as well.
Nonetheless, at the end of the play, when the cast sat at the edge of the stage and took questions from the audience...a child asked: "Why did the baby look so weird?"
The puppet was head and shoulders above the limp doll often used by theaters but not as dazzling as the live baby used by the Kansas City Opera. But hey: you can't depend on a baby being as good as that one! The opera will be presented in Minnesota the end of April but I don't know how they are dealing with Gabriel.
I know how I am, though. My new book...SON...is about Gabe. He is, in fact, the son; and the book focused for the first 2/3 on the young birthmother who gives birth to him and then grapples with his loss. The final third of the book focuses on Gabe himself, as a teenager, experiencing the loss from the opposite side.
This dies not fall into the category of Weird Babies...well, not really...but for some time now, to amuse myself, I have been jotting down unpublishable poems about strange children. Here's one:
Edmund, such a lovely child,
Cooed and giggled, laughed and smiled.
But when he was just short of two,
He sprouted wings and off he flew.
His parents, stoic at their plight,
Re-filled the feeders every night.