"A library book, I imagine, is a happy book." Cornelia Funke

"Everything puts me in mind of a story." Ben Franklin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cleaning Up Storytime

Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do by Eileen Christelow

This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned by Lisa Campbell Ernst

When the Fly Flew In . . . When the Fly Flew In . . . by Lisa Westberg Peters

Max Cleans Up (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells

Trashy Town Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha, Illus. by Dan Yaccarino

Let's Clean Up

To the tune of  "Farmer In the Dell"

Let's clean up today
Let's clean up today
We've had our fun
Our day is done.
So, let's clean up today.

From Preschool Rainbow

In between repetition of this verse, the kids will mime washing and squeegeeing a window, vacuuming a rug, stamping down trash, washing the dog, etc.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marvelous Toys Storytime

Traction Man is Here Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog by Mini Grey

Everybody Has a Teddy  by Virginia Kroll, Illus. by Sophie Allsopp

The Marvelous Toy The Marvelous Toy by Tom Paxton, Illus. by Elizabeth Sayles

Block City Block City by Robrt Louis Stevenson, Illus. by Daniel Kirk

Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp, Illus. by Lincoln Agnew

Bunny Party (Max and Ruby) Bunny Party (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells

I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy is a fun read for those who love fairy tales, libraries and gentle teen romance.
 I especially enjoyed it because teenage Elizabeth gets a job as a page working in a special collection at the New-York Circulating Material Repository. It doesn't circulate books; it has objects to lend, from the very valuable, such as one of Marie Antoinette's weekday wigs, to the slightly less fabulous, like a glass bobbled Chinese headdress or Egyptian mummy's shoes made of papyrus and palm leaves. Once Elizabeth has proven trustworthy, she is able to work in one of the most unusual collections of all: objects from the Grimms' fairytales. These aren't mere representations. They are magical things like Snow White's Stepmother's insulting but truthful Mirror, German or French Table-Be-Set that both provide a tremendous amount of delicious food, and the difficult to control but handy for traveling Seven League Boots. Elizabeth is surprised and thrilled, but she and her fellow pages aren't the only ones impressed with the one-of-a-kind collectibles. Soon, it is discovered that somehow enchanted objects are disappearing or losing their powers entirely.  As things turn dangerous, it is up to Elizabeth and her friends to protect themselves and recover the magic.
I took pleasure in Shulman's imaginative story, her interesting similes and the nods to my favorite fairy stories. Also by Polly Shulman:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dian Fossey would be pleased: Gorilla Storytime

Gary and Ray Gary and Ray by Sarah Adams

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

Go-Go Gorillas Go-Go Gorillas by Julia Durango, Illus. by Eleanor Taylor

Ooo Ooo Ooo Gorilla! Ooo Ooo Ooo Gorilla! by Lydia Monks

Good Night, Gorilla Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Songs/Finger Plays for Preschool Lesson Plan: Gorillas

(sung to the tune of Ten Little Indians)

One little, two little,

Three little gorillas.

Four little, five little,

Six little gorillas.

Seven little, eight little,

Nine little gorillas.

Ten little gorillas say good night!



I’m a Gorilla

I’m a gorilla. (squat down, knees bent, knuckles touching the floor)

I’m a great big ape.

I sit like this,

But I can stand up straight. (stand up)

When I’m happy,

I jump up and down. (jump)

But when I’m mad,

I have a scary frown. (make a scowly face)

If you scare me, (point to self)

Here’s what I’ll do— (shake finger)

I’ll beat my chest, (beat chest with fists)

And try to scare you. (point to someone else)