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#blogbookaday: Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast

8 May

Little Mouse's Big BreakfastSummary:  “Hungry Little Mouse is looking for some breakfast and he knows just where he can find it. Scampering into the kitchen, he finds a bright blue blueberry – that will do nicely! But hold on a minute, just before he leaves, he spots a rosy red apple! Little Mouse loves rosy red apples! And as if that’s not enough, then he finds big brown biscuits, a chunk of cheese, a plump pickle …the list goes on and on! Delicious! But as he finally finds something that’s just perfect, Little Mouse quickly discovers he’s not the only one looking for breakfast!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mouse is so hungry, he travels far and wide to a kitchen where he finds the perfect breakfast – a bright, blue blueberry, then an apple and with a nod to The Very Hungry Caterpillar  he gathers up more and more food, until he finds a sunflower seed. Then he comes across someone else looking for breakfast and must run away as fast as he can with his sunflower seed, back to his home where he’s safe. I loved the illustrations with watercolor and colored pencils. I love how tiny the little mouse is compared to all the food he tries to carry home.

Personal Reaction: My personal caveat to this book is that I’ve just spent the better part of a month humanely trapping and releasing mice that had taken up residence in my house! That being said, this is an adorable story of a mouse whose eyes are bigger than his stomach, until someone else wants breakfast too! This would make a great read aloud for storytime about food, breakfast, mice or just a fun read aloud with your family!

Title: Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast
Author: Christine Pym
Illustrator: Christine Pym
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd.
Publication Date: July 7, 2016

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Flannel Friday: Fruit Salad

17 Jun


IMG_2508I made a very quick “flannel board” for a fun wiggle song that I’ll be doing with the kids during Toddler Storytime this summer.  I thought Fruit Salad, from Jbrary would make a perfect song for summertime and then thought that some kids may have never seen what a papaya looks like or an actual pineapple.  Plus, by adding the words to each image, the kids can see how to spell these words and we can work on basic letter sounds.  My first thought was to create these as flannel pieces, but I realized my skill in flannel board making would not lend itself to making a pineapple, plus as I said before, allowing the kids to see the actual fruit is definitely a great idea!  If you want to use my pieces, you can open this .pdf file (fruit salad flannelboard) and print them!

Story Time Theme – Fruit

5 Nov

Last week’s story time was fun and healthy!  We learned all about fruit!  From the jungle all the way to the supermarket and the kids really liked the stories.  The first two were a little long – they might be better for a preschool story time rather than the toddler age group, but they were so cute I just had to use them.  Another book I considered was called The Grand Old Tree written by Mary Newell DePalma.  It’s very reminiscent of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, but more focused on the tree and the seasons through which it lives.  I hope you get some great ideas and share some of yours!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air (song) & Open Shut Them (fingerplay)
  • Parachute: Rockin’ the Chute (Shakin’ the Chute CD)
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog)

Book 1: The Parrot Tico Tango by, Anna Witte


  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Parachute: When the Parachute Goes Up Song (sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
  • Yoga: Sun Salutations (Poses: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat)

Book 2: Oliver’s Fruit Salad by, Vivian French

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Fruit Salad (The Wiggles)
  • Parachute: Fruit Salad (The Wiggles) – shake parachute to mix up the “fruit” (balls)
  • Yoga: Integration (Poses: Child’s, pat the ground to work the dirt, tap the ground for rain, and rub the ground for sunlight, “grow” into tree pose, move upper body as if wind is waving you around, repeat on other side)

Book 3: Ned’s New Home by, Kevin Tseng


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: Freeze (Shakin’ the Chute CD)
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Poses: Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)
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