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#blogbookaday: Anywhere Farm

12 Feb

31159617Summary:  “For any anywhere farm, here’s all that you need: soil and sunshine, some water, a seed.
You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden? Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use, while G. Brian Karas s cheerful urban illustrations sprout from every page. After all, anywhere can be a farm all it takes is one small seed and someone to plant it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Honestly, the first thing I noticed about this book was that there was a man in a wheelchair on the front cover. That drew me to the book immediately – a different type of diversity that you don’t often see in picture books. And then I read the adorable rhyming story of planting a garden where ever you may be and absolutely loved it! Plus, it’s a great way to introduce kids to different types of vegetables – help plant your own and then we get to the eat them straight from the plant.

Personal Reaction: Every spring my parents would let my siblings and me pick out a vegetable to plant in our garden in the backyard. And it was our responsibility to help water, weed and pick the vegetables when they were ripe. My parents still have a garden every year and this past summer my two-year-old nephew started helping out in the garden too – mostly just snacking on cherry tomatoes, but I love that he gets to have the same experience we had growing up!

Title: Anywhere Farm
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2017


#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!

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#blogbookaday: Escargot

21 Jan

29102801.jpgSummary:  “Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With his distinct voice, adorable French outfit and his staunch stand on no carrots, kids will love Escargot! All Escargot wants is a nice salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette and absolutely no carrots – it’s a long way across the table to the salad bowl, but there’s just enough time to really get to know Escargot and have a little fun. This is a great story for kids who are having trouble trying new food on their plate, or a little shy about new experiences. And if you have a particularly horrible French accent – all the better!

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story with a unexpected star – a snail! Escargot is sassy, knows what he wants, but is also willing to try something new (which is a great lesson for all kids)! I really loved Escargot’s very French outfit, his French words and how the author breaks down the fourth wall to interact with the readers. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with watercolor washes of reds, blues, yellows and greens – perfect for a summer picnic. This is the perfect story to talk with kids about new experiences and be brave enough to try something new!

Title: Escargot
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 11, 2017


#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!

Blogging A to Z: Vegetables

26 Apr

Letter V

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
  2. The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  3. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  4. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
  5. Carrot Soup by John Segal
  6. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  7. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables From A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  8. Lunch by Denise Fleming

Songs & Rhymes:

Vegetables
(To the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine…..
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white….
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long…
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red….
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight….
Don’t we just taste great.

When the Pod Went Pop!
Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew , two grew, and so did all the rest;
They grew…and grew…and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went…POP!

Making a Fruit Salad
(To the tune of Ten Little Indians)
For our last activity, I like to encourage color skills in tandem with the vocabulary from the theme. I had printed out lots of yellow bananas, purple grapes, green pears, blue blueberries, and red strawberries, and I laminated them and attached little Velcro dots to the backs. Each kiddo got three pieces of fruit, and together we put them on the felt board one type at a time. Again as per Abby the Librarian, we sang a little song as we put our fruits up on the board:

Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Mmm, Mmm! It tastes so good!

Fruit Salad
Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruuuuit Salad, fruuuuit salad! (dance it out!)

Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate
Tomato, tomato, tomato,
Pineapple, pineapple, pineapple
Fruit salad, fruit salad, fruit salad

Blogging From A to Z: Gardens

8 Apr

Letter GDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Book List:

  1. Counting in the Garden by Kim Parker
  2. There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel Dee Gugler
  3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  4. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
  5. Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
  6. What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
  7. Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  8. My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Songs & Rhymes:

There’s Something In My Garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit – Ribbit – Ribbit
A Frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit

Repeat with other animals, such as a crow (caw-caw-caw), mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak), rabbit (thump-thump-thump), bird (tweet-tweet-tweet) etc.  This is especially fun if you can find stuffed animals and hide them in a box.  Let children guess what animal you have in the box based on the sound, and then ask them to make the animal sound after revealing the stuffed animal.

Big Round Sun
Big round sun in the summer sky
Hold arms in circle over head
Waved to a cloud that was passing by
Wave!
The little cloud laughed as it started to rain
Wiggle fingers downward for rain
And out came the big round sun again.
Hold up arms in circle above head again

Lunch
(flannelboard based on Lunch by Denise Fleming)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear
One step, two step,
Tickle you under there!

Story Time Theme: Fruits & Veggies

17 Jun

rahrahradishes_4k2tw41nraiokgo844wkc0kw0_5u96ah3skeo8g8c8k4ck8owgo_thI just found this blog post that somehow got lost in the shuffle!  So even though this is from a few months ago, I’m going to post it so everyone can see the books I used.

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Although I had a small crowd (only 7!), we had a great time in story time this morning talking about fruits and veggies.  I’m not sure how truthful the kids were being, but they loved telling me all the fruits & veggies they love to eat at home.  I love Rah, Rah, Radishes because of the realistic photographs that are used in the story and for all the different types of veggies that are acknowledged.  Lunch is a fun (and very quick) story about a little mouse who is VERY hungry and eats a lot of fruits and veggies for lunch.  And our last story, Chew, Chew, Gulp! talked about more than just fruits and veggies, but the kids had a lot of fun telling me all the types of food they eat.  And I’m pretty sure they were ready for lunch right after story time!

Parent Info: Use books like Rah, Rah, Radishes! about vegetables and then have your child help pick out veggies at the supermarket!  It’s a great way to connect literature and real-world experiences together.

Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: “Oh Hey Oh Hi Hello” (Jim Gill, Make It Noisy in Boise, Idaho)  

Book 1: Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant by, April Pulley Sayre

Transition

  • Traditional (fine motor): “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
  • Parachute (popcorn): “Milch” (Putumayou Kids Presents: Picnic Playground: Musical Treats from Around the World)

Book 2: Lunch by, Denise Fleming

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor): “Apples & Bananas” (Five Little Monkeys: Songs for Singing and Playing) with shaker eggs
  • Parachute:  “Apples & Bananas” (Five Little Monkeys: Songs for Singing and Playing)

Book 3: Chew, Chew, Gulp! By, Lauren Thompson

Closing

  • Traditional: “Shake Your Sillies Out” Puppet Show
  • Parachute: “Freeze!!” (Shakin’ the Chute: Fitness with a Parachute by Michael Plunkett)
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