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What Pet to Get?


WhatPetToGet

I adore books by Emma Dodd.  They have such broad age appeal and work well for my two’s group as well my preschoolers.  What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd is the featured book in this program.

 In this story time we discuss what we think would make the best pet? Is it a Dinosaur? A Bear? What about a T-Rex or a Rock? The majority of the books above all deal with unusual animals as pets, I especially love Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown and Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower which has a great twist in the end.

Of course you could sing the traditional songs: Bingo, How much is that Doggy in the Window, I have a dog and his name is Rags. But I love this unusual one below….

Albuquerque the Turkey (click title for source)

Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best pet that you can get,
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
And I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
He’s so cozy in his bed,
Because for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead.

It always makes the kids and their parents smile.

I’ve done a wide array of craft activities with this program, but I think the overall favourite was when we created Pet Rocks. The children decorated them, made a home for their pet out of egg cartons and gave their pet a name. I heard about their “pet rocks” for weeks after this program

What’s your favourite story to tell about Pets?





Storytime Program: Bear Feels Sick


 

Bear Feels Sick

I love using this story time program with my preschool groups. The featured book is Karma Wilson’s Bear Feel’s Sick and I use the other books to support the concept of  how we can care for others as well as keeping those pesky germs to ourselves.

After reading Bear Feels Sick, we re-enact the story together. I bring out a teddy bear who has the sniffles and lay out the props from the story-all things to help bear feel better. I ask the children if they remember what the animals did in the story to help bear feel better? I invite them to come up, choose and item (i.e. Tissue) and use it on bear. They love caring for bear and it’s also a great opportunity to see if they recall the order in the story and how the items were used.

Song:  Aside from my traditional Opening/closing song routine, in this program we share:

*John Brown’s Baby (tune of Glory Glory Hallelujah) 

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo) -(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

So he rubbed it with camphorated oil which is just like Vicks. -(Rub Chest)*

Start song slowly and then speed up faster and faster as you go.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond is the story of a sick little girl who has the flu, sneezes and coughs in her hands and then proceeds to touch everything in her path, spreading the germs and a sticky green goo everywhere she goes. (yuck)

After this story we talk about the importance of hand washing and why we should always cover our mouths and nose when we sneeze with our arms or a tissue.

To illustrate this I bring out a spray bottle with water. I ask the children to imagine that I am about to sneeze and I do not  cover my nose or mouth-I then spray all the kids in front of me (usually it’s met with squeals of delight) We chat about how if it was a real sneeze or cough I’d be spraying them with germs not water. I pretend to sneeze again but this time cover the spray spout with my arm.

-after this activity they often ask me to spray them again:)

I’m not a huge fan of offering crafts every program but we have made Get-Well Cards as a closing activity as well.

Love to hear your comments!





Creepy Carrots!


Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers 2012

Source: Library Copy

Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

 Summary:

 The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever  picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially  Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?

 

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how this 2013 Caldecott Honor Book slipped under my radar when it was first released but I am so glad that it was brought to my attention this week.

Jasper raids the carrot fields on a daily basis until he starts to think that the carrots are stalking him! Tension builds page  after page as the reader sees what Jasper does…carrots everywhere, but his parents don’t seem to believe him. A great homage to bedtime experiences for many children and their parents (perhaps with monsters instead of carrots) and a fantastic twist in the end make this a dynamic read aloud for many different ages. Peter Brown’s illustrations are a compliment to the story creating a slightly ominous atmosphere, that has this “film noir” feel to it. Creepy Carrots! deserves to be more than just a seasonal “Halloween” spooky read and would be a great addition to any home library or children’s programming shelf. A new favourite.
Creepy Carrots!





The Wonderful Oliver Jeffers


Whether you know me as a storyteller, library lady, blogger or friend…you know how I much I adore the stories and illustrations created by Oliver Jeffers. I have loved everyone of his books (Heart and the Bottle, How to Catch a Star and Stuck are my favourites)

I’ve read shared them with my son, with my niece and nephew and I use them in preschool story times, for Reading Buddies, class visits and other programs at the library. Someone at work sent me this video today which of course makes me adore him even more…….

http://vimeo.com/57472271#at=0%5c