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

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Everything Is a Poem By J. Patrick Lewis

Everything Is a Poem: the Best of J. Patrick Lewis, Illus. by Maria Cristina Pritelli, 2014.

The guest author for this year's MELSA Camp Read-a-Lot is former United States Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. So, one of our reading choices is any of his works and I picked Everything Is a Poem.
This includes more than 59 illustrated poems on a variety of topics written between 1982-2010. The mood ranges from serious to silly.

Poetry subjects include:
  •  animals ( for example, "Elephant Bill & Jackrabbit Jack")
  •  people  ("The Greatest"),
  • reading ("The Gentleman Bookworm")
  •  sports ("My Baseball Glove")
  •  riddles and epitaphs ("A Dairy Farmer")
  • Mother Nature ("Her-i-Cane")
  • Places ("Okefenokee Swamp Song")
  • a mix ("Say, Hay Won't You Be Mine?")
Here is my favorite silly poem in the collection:

"Snake Song"

Toad gots measles
Frog gots mumps
Both got such
Disgusting bumps.

They so ugly
It's a sin.
They be jumpin'
Out that skin.

Pay no mind
These creepy items
Close my eyes
I bite 'ems, bite 'ems.

J. Patrick Lewis

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sing-Along with Miss Donell and Miss Carol Program

My colleague Miss Carol and I did a sing-along program for kids ages 2-12 and it was very successful! We sang, danced, read, pretended and blew bubbles. We handed out bells and shakers for the kids so we could make a lot of noise.

Here is our "set list":

  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ABC Song/ Baa Baa Black Sheep (What do these songs have in common?)
  • Duet for Librarians: We read I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell
  • Row Your Boat: regular, then alligator version, lion version, snake version and round
  • I'm a Little Teapot/Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Dance along: "The Auctioneer" by the Okee Dokee Brothers
  • Duet for Librarians: Three Myopic Rodents, then kids sing Three Blind Mice
  • Bananas!
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Five Little Monkeys, Hap Palmer version
  • Music Maestro
  • The Hokey Pokey
Additional Info:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see an alligator, don't forget to scream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion, don't forget to roar.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the creek
If you see a great big snake, don't forget to shriek.

Three Myopic Rodents

Three Myopic Rodents, three Myopic Rodents
Observe how they perambulate, observe how they perambulate
They all circumnavigated the agriculturist's significant other
Who amputated their extremities with a carving utensil.
Did you ever regard such an occurrence in your existence
As three myopic rodents?

Bananas! (Miss Carol version)

It is a hot, hot day. And you're so hungry! Your stomach is grumbling. But, you look ahead of you and you see a tall tree.
Then you walk, walk, walk...
When you get to the bottom of the tree, you look up and see bright yellow bananas!
You climb, climb, climb (pause)
And then you pick, pick, pick, bananas
Peel, peel, peel bananas
Slice, slice, slice bananas
Eat, eat, eat bananas
And then, you go, go, go BANANAS!

Music Maestro

Leader: I am the music maestro I come from Deutschesland. 
(All repeat) 
Leader: Ich con spiele
(All repeat) 
Leader: On my [instrument] 
(All repeat) 

Instrument verses: 

Vio Vio Viola, Viola, Viola
Vio Vio Viola, vio viola!

Plink, plink, plink, plink, plink, plink etc.

Oompah Oompah Oompah pah, etc.

Bass Drum:
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, etc.

Ding A Ling A Ling A Ling 
Ding A Ling 
Ding A Ling 
Ding A Ling A Ling A Ling 
Ding A Ling A Ling 

(In a bagpipe-like sound) 
Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh 
Eh Eh Eh 
Eh Eh Eh 
Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh 
Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh 

Wave arms around

(All groups sing their instrument in unison)


As each group sings they do an action related to their instrument. 
Viola: Motion like bowing a viola 
Piano: Motion like pounding on a piano 
Tuba: Oompah style arms (like an accordion)
Bass Drum: Bang imaginary drum
Triangle: Motion like ringing a triangle 
Bagpipe: Plug nose