Though the groups are always very small, I really do love these Saturday story times. Today we had 7 kids and their parents, and it was a nice, calm, and intimate experience.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman, illustrated by Chris Raschka (2011)
This is the story of a little girl who receives a box of fortune cookies. She eats one each day and watches as her fortunes come to life. I chose this over Grace Lin's Fortune Cookie Fortunes because the fortunes were a bit less cryptic, and they came in and out of the cookie by the pull of a tab. The big reveal at the end - that the girl's lost cat has 7 kittens - got an especially big laugh out of the parents.
Song: Rum Sum Sum
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)
There is nothing more satisfying than shaking one's fist and calling out, "You monkeys, you!"
Song: Monkeys on the Bed
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Dancing Matilda by Sarah Hager, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (2005)
This is a very repetitive story with a great rhythm. Every time I said the word "DANCE," I could just picture a dancer twirling around in my mind. That said, I think this was a pretty terrible read-aloud. It would be such a good one for little girls who love to dance, though!
Song: ABCD Medley
Closing Song: Skinnamarink