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#blogbookaday: The Great Dictionary Caper

18 Feb

3.jpgSummary:  “When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it’s up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language.

Words have secret lives. On a quiet afternoon the words escape the dictionary (much to the consternation of Mr. Noah Webster) and flock to Hollywood for a huge annual event—Lexi-Con. Liberated from the pages, words get together with friends and relations in groups including an onomatopoeia marching band, the palindrome family reunion, and hide-and-seek antonyms. It’s all great fun until the words disagree and begin to fall apart. Can Noah Webster step in to restore order before the dictionary is disorganized forever?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is such a fun book and one I would give to elementary school age kids who are familiar with some of the concepts of language such as palindromes, antonyms, anagrams and more. With lots of great wordplay and illustrations that match perfectly for the text, this is a fun book of language for kids and adults alike. Plus, it would make a great starting point for working on a specific concept or having kids illustrate their own examples of different words. One unfortunate note, the world rhyming is spelled incorrectly (which can happen), but in a book all about words from a dictionary, it’s especially regrettable.

Personal Reaction: I like books that play and interact with words like this one, I would agree with other reviewers in saying the storyline is a little sparse, but it’s a fun way to look at the English language and I think it would make a great resource for elementary school classrooms and for kids who love to read and write.

Title: The Great Dictionary Caper
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator: Eric Comstock
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

#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!


Toddler Storytime Theme: Counting

6 Oct


  • Can You Count Ten Toes? by Lezlie Evans (We counted in English on most of these pages, but I did ask each group if they spoke any of the languages to help us out)
  • Island Counting 1 2 3 by Frané Lessac
  • One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

  • Song:“Gettin’ My Ya-Ya’s Out” by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Just Say Hi!
  • Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”

Story Time Theme: Langauge

28 Jul

BMP_8458_JT.qxdThis is the last week of our summer story time schedule!  YAY!!! We’re crossing things off the summer schedule and I have to say that I’m pretty excited take a little break until the fall session starts.  Overall, even though I had a huge crowd signed up for story time this summer, I usually only had about 10 kids in story time each week.  This week (Week 6) we focused on language.  After five weeks of early literacy skills I wanted to encourage parents to read stories that used other languages so I gave them a few examples.  The kids loved “moo-ing” during our first story.  I think I need to find a way to make Bebé Goes Shopping a little more interactive, but we had a lot of fun with Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? done in sign language.  The kids were doing a great job of imitating me by focusing on the animals signs.  I used a YouTube video to teach me how to sign the story.  It’s not to difficult and you can even just focus on colors or animals rather than signing the whole story.  I really liked all of my story time themes this session and have to start thinking about what I want to focus on this fall…  Let the planning begin!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: “Rockin’ the Chute” (Shakin’ the Chute: Fitness with a Parachute – Michael Plunkett) & My Wiggles

Puppet: Meet Willy (monkey) and give high fives!

Early Literacy Tip/Story Stretcher: Talk, read, sing in the language you know best. This allows you to have teachable moments with your children easily and fluently.

ASL Sign: sign (using “1” hands pedal hands in front of chest backwards)

Book 1: Everywhere a Cow Says “Moo!” by Ellen Slusky Weinstein


  • Traditional (fine motor): “No More Monkeys” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)
  • Parachute (popcorn): “Sandy River Belle” (Putumayo Kids Presents: European Playground)

Book 2: Bebé Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor): “Mbube” (Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)
  • Parachute: “No More Monkeys” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)

Book 3: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (sign language)


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: “Mbube” (Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)
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