Month: May 2013

Worm Rescue

It rained hard a few weeks ago.  Soon after the downpour, ML and I went walking.  She declared herself a Worm Rescuer.  All worms found in the big puddles were gently moved to a safe place in the dirt.

It was the reminder I needed.  My worm themed storytime is soon and ML had not previewed the books.  We read Caldecott Honor book, Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.  She thought it was better suited for a measurement storytime.  My math wise kindergartener didn’t understand 3 year olds are not developmentally ready to understand measurement.

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas

All children get attached to certain books.  When ML was a toddler, I read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert five million times.

Last Christmas, ML received a copy of Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor.  She wanted me to read it every night for months.  We did.  Until I hid it in late February.  Out of sight.  Out of mind.  I wasn’t trying to censor my daughter’s book choices.  I can only say splendiferous so many times.

Of course, Fancy Nancy didn’t leave our life.  ML the adventerous nature lover moved on to Fancy Nancy:  Explorer Extraordinaire.  Extraordinaire is much easier to pronounce than splendiferous.

When ML was upset  she didn’t receive a speaking part for the kindergarten play, Fancy Nancy came to the rescue.  I shared Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.  Afterwards, we talked about her disappointment.  She agreed each person in a show is important.  At the kindergarten show, ML was on the back row doing her part.  Singing her heart out and smiling.

The Mosquitoes are Here

Tonight, I plan to share a classic with ML, Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears? by Verna Aardema.  Reading is so much more than sounding out the words.  With this story, I can test ML’s comprehension.  I’ll ask her to tell me about the chain of events.  If she’s really on her game, I’ll ask her to tell me the events in reverse order.

Truthfully, I am less concerned with why they buzz in ears.  I want to know an environmentally safe product that really keeps mosquitoes away.

Any thoughts?

A Tough Choice: Mustache Baby vs A Funny Little Bird vs This Little Piggy

Last night we read 3 recently published books.  They were all winners.

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos won top spot with ML.  She wouldn’t let me return it to the library today.  On Heos website there are silly Mustache Baby games and craft ideas.  I’m seeing an impromptu mustache party at our house this summer.

I have read thousands of children’s books.  Many are variations on the same theme.  It’s refreshing to read a unique variation on the theme of self acceptance.  Thank you Jennifer Yerkes for your book,  A Funny Little Bird.  With simple yet magicial illustrations, it is on my short list for the Caldecott Award.  It honors the best illustrated book in children’s literature.

The third book was This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington.  It explores what happens if the other foot wants to be piggies too.  There is a free song that can be downloaded from the publishers website.  I look forward to using it in preschool storytime.

“What Is That?” Said the Cat

When ML started kindergarten last summer, I placed a basket of easy reader books in her room.  I wanted a collection of titles she could read herself.

This morning she brought me the book “What is That?” Said the Cat by Grace Maccarone.  “Look! It’s like the story we read last night.”   I was confused.

There’s a mystery box with the sign, “Do Not Open.”  Of course, the animals in the story can’t read.  They use various types of force to open the box.  Eventually, an alligator pops out.  The book she compared it to involved a family discovering a crocodile in their bathtub.

Learning is all about making connections.  It made sense to me . . . two books about reptiles hiding.