Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Penguin Storytime, Friday, January 15 @ 10:30

Don't forget your Grand Nanny Penguin walking stick.  This book BEGINS with Grand Nanny shushing her audience,  which makes this a perfect storytime book!

Intro: If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor.  A bright and cheerful little penguin reminds kids what they would be up to if they were penguins.
Classic, Gripping Tale:  Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood.  Love the chorus of "Now everyone knows a little penguin can get..." (in trouble in some way.)  The eyes of the three year olds were firmly glued to me, and then relieved when I turned the page.  Lots of action what with gooney birds and all.
Fun Read: The Pirate and the Penguin by Patricia Storms. A pirate AND a penguin in the same book? They switch places to change it up a bit. Who wouldn't? 
Science Tie in:  Busy Penguins by John Schindel.  OK, not a lot of science, but this was a mostly twos crowd.
Fun Read: Flight School by Lita Judge.  Should a penguin enroll in flight school? Good question.

This just in:  Waddle! Waddle!  by James Poimos.  The cover art alone makes this a total must.   I think I'll talk first about waddling and sliding, and have the kids practice waddling (in place), and then sliding one hand against the other for a penguin belly dive motion. 

Didn't get to this year: 

Good Read: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. "Once there was a boy" --'like you, Carson, or Milo, or Alex," I begin, rounding up their wandering attention with eye contact, "who found a penguin at this door."  Oliver Jeffers' tale of the journey of this kind hearted boy and the penguin he is trying to help was so engrossing that there was actual silence int he room while everyone listened.
Personal Favorite: Penguin and the Pinecone. Simple text, simple story. Penguin finds a pinecone lying in the snow. Even though he knits him a sweater, his pinecone friend sneezed. Grandpa Penguin said, "It's too cold here...Pinecone belongs in the forest far, far away. He can't grow big and strong on the ice." So Penguin starts off on the perilous journey to plant his friend, even though it means losing him. But losing him forever?  This is a great boook about ecodiversity, about friendship, and about...penguins. 
Penguin Problems by Jory John.  Too funny.

Penguins by Cynthia Rylant. VERY short, very sweet & cute.

I asked all my little penguins to stand up and go over their penguin anatomy before we chanted this.

Head & flippers, tails & feet, tails & feet.
Head & flippers, tails & feet, tails & feet.
Eyes & ears & mouth & beak.
Head & flippers, tails & feet, tails & feet.

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat 
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the Nile,
If you see a camel,
Don’t forget to smile.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the river,
If you see a penguin,
Don’t forget to shiver.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently to the shore,
If you see a lion there,
Don’t forget to roar!

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the creek,
If you see a little mouse,
Don’t forget to squeak.

I don't usually do TP roll crafts, but penguins just LOOK like TP rolls, don't they? Vocab:  cylinder. 

The coolest yet. We painted with bubblewrap-paper towel roll paintbrushes. Over crayon resist. The results were fantastico.

Penguin joke:  Two penguins were standing on an iceberg. One of them said to the other, "You look like you're wearing a tuxedo." The other one answered, "What makes you think I'm not?"

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