Book Review: Let’s Do Nothing


Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Published May 2009 by Candlewick
Source: Reviewed from personal copy
Summary:
Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing…oops! Couldn’t do it!

My Thoughts:

In honour of Summer I thought I’d talk about Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. It’s a story which captures that Summer feeling especially in the moments when our kids are saying: “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” on the 2nd day of Summer. Frank and Sal have created a new goal, and have challenged themselves to do nothing for 10 seconds. Not blink, move, hold their breath. Their imaginations take hold and Sal seems incapable of “doing nothing” often with hilarious results. The illustrations are bold and bright and kids will enjoy watching the visual clues as to what is coming next as you turn the pages. A fabulous read aloud which works well for any age, though the school-age group will offer the most giggles. I usually pair it with a simple game of freeze dance or statue.

 





Program of the Week (2)-Family Storytime


Feature at Storytime with Jen
Introducing a new feature at Storytime with Jen
“Program of the Week”

Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

Family Storytime: 

Can you Make a Scary Face?

Can You Make a Scary Face?

This summer’s reading club theme in Ontario is “Imagine” and this book by Jan Thomas is perfect for it.
It’s a wonderful participation book, and will get the whole family up and moving. I use this one to open the storytime. (there is a part in the book where everyone is invited to stand up and do the chicken dance!)

Not a Box

Not a Box
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is the story of a rabbit that discovers a box only it’s not a box, it’s whatever he imagines it to be. After this story I show a small box and we all think (imagine) what else it could be…a boat? (we then sing row row your boat) a robot? (we stand up and act like robots.)..a space ship? we pretend to blast off into space.
Freeze Dance-one of my favourite games to play. Put on some great tunes (child friendly) and dance away!
Press Here

Press Here
Press Here by Herve Tullet is an interactive book.We followed the “instructions” in the book and the children and their grown ups loved it!




Program of the Week – Storytime -Three Billy Goats Gruff


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   Introducing a new feature here at Story Time with Jen
“Program of the Week”

    Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.
My program this week:  Preschool Story Time
For my preschool story time’s I start with a great book and then build the program around it. I generally use the same songs, and rhymes over the course of a session, but if you’d like me to include them for next week I can.
The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff
Books used:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Featured Book
      Whose food is this?  Steve Jenkins
Fabulous Flannel Board Source (used for retelling) :
It’s amazing how quickly the children learned “The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff”
Activity:
For the closing activity for this program we made troll grass heads:
Materials:
Cups
cotton balls
grass seeds
items for decorating
pantyhose/nylon socks
1. Cut the ends of pantyhose (I get pairs from the $ store)
2. Have the kids sprinkle grass seed in the bottom of the pantyhose
3. Add the cotton balls
4. Tie it closed and shape into a head
5. Have the kids decorate.
When the kids get home they can add water to their cup, and place their troll head inside. Put it in a sunny spot.  They will love telling you the following week about how their “Troll’s Hair” is growing:)
I’m looking forward to reading about your programs. Link up below and leave a comment.




Top Ten Picture Books


Weekly Meme/Feature
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we are invited to post a list of ten ten picks on a variety of book related topics.
 This week is a rewind post- so the topic is open….
My list this week:  Top Ten Picture Books     

Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.
Actually any book by Jan Thomas, they are hilarious!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat-I Love My White Shoes. I am in love with this book and all things Pete the Cat.
The Maggie B
The Maggie B by Irene Haas.
The earliest memory I have of my mom is her reading this book to me.
The Kiss That Missed
The Kiss that Missed by David Melling.
My son’s favourite book when he was age 3.
My all time favourite book for story time.
Shark In The Park
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. So much fun, perfect to read out loud to large groups.
Smelly Socks
Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch. My favourite by this Canadian treasure.
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop's Fable
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind. I love this classic Aesop’s fable.
The illustrations in this are incredible.
Stuck
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This book is amazing.
Also I have a giant crush on the brilliant (and dreamy) author.
How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. (see reason above)
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to leave a link so that I can visit your lists.