Sunday, September 23, 2012

Drop-In Story Time, 9/18/12

I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here

Donald Crews is one of the few authors or illustrators who holds the attention of the nannies at my story times. I decided to read three of his books in one session, and it worked out very well.

Book: Sail Away by Donald Crews (1995)To make this book interactive, I asked grown ups to say the "putt putt putt" sounds with me.

Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews (1978)
When we got the page that says, "Freight train," I asked everyone to make their best train sound. 

Fingerplay: Here is the Engine 

Book: Flying by Donald Crews (1986)
For this book, every time the plane flew over something, we all said, "Whoosh!"

Action Rhyme: The Airplane

Letter of the Day: Letter F
  • Song (with puppet): I’m a Little Green Frog 
  • Song: Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck 
  • Song: (with ukulele and flannel board): Old MacDonald Had a Farm 
  • Song (with flannel board): Ten Little Friends (just like Ten Little Indians, but it ends "ten little friends boys and girls.")
    Note: For this last song, I used the faces shown in my Flannel Friday post for The Doorbell Rang.
Song: ABCs/Twinkle Twinkle / Baa Baa Black Sheep

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

Song: Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Song: Gray Squirrel

Song: Sing a Happy Song 

Song: Chickadee

Drop-In Story Time, 9/14/12

I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here

Book: Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli (2003)

Song: Noisy Nora

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

Rhyme: Blue is the Lake

Book: Splash! by Flora McDonnell

Letter of the Day: Letter E 
Song (with ukulele): ABCs / Twinkle / Baa Baa Black Sheep
Song: Sing a Happy Song
Song: Wheels on the Bus
Song: Chickadee 

Caldecott Challenge Post #49

Bill Peet: An Autobiography. by Bill Peet. Published 1989. Caldecott Honor 1990. ISBN: 9780395689820

I don’t know many of Bill Peet’s books, but that did not prevent me from enjoying his autobiography, a significant portion of which is devoted to his years working for Walt Disney. I loved following the story of how he rose through the ranks at Disney, and the anecdotes of his personal relationship with Walt Disney himself. The most incredible thing about this book is that there is an illustration on every single page. Each drawing is wonderful and brings to life a memory from Peet’s past.

Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell. Published 2011. Caldecott Honor 2012. ISBN: 9780395689820

This is a great picture book biography, and it especially pleases me because it is appropriate for younger audiences - even as young as two or three. I love the incorporation of Jane Goodall’s own childhood papers into the illustrations, and the relationship between her stuffed toy monkey and the real chimpanzee shown with her on the final page of the book. Every detail in this book is in the right place, and the ending gives the reader a nice warm and fuzzy sensation.

Dave the Potter. by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier. ISBN: 9780316107310

I couldn’t help but think that Dave looks like Craig Robinson on some pages of this book. That was somewhat distracting to realize, but it didn’t ruin the book for me. My favorite illustration is the pull-out paneled spread which shows Dave’s hands shaping a pot. I think kids like to hear stories about unsung talents, and Dave the Potter is a perfect example. Kids have a strong sense of justice, and they will appreciate seeing Dave get the credit he is due for his work.

Rosa. by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier. ISBN: 9780805071061

This book elevates Rosa Parks almost to sainthood in a way that sounds very false to me. It’s nice to have a picture book biography that gives the background of her life and how that led her to her famous act of civil disobedience, but the language is over the top and Parks is depicted as a flawless heroine who never does anything wrong. It just doesn’t sit right with me. Great illustrations, though. I’m especially fond of the endpapers.

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