Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Princess Storyhour & Superhero Storyhour, Friday, March 11 @ 10:30

Props:

Cape, crown, and castle!


Books:

  • SuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod. 
    BIG pictures and great powers (Eagle Man, Goo Girl, Huge Man) make this a great ABC book. Plus we could sing the ABCs first. This year, I just went through it with the kids in the crowd and read out the pages of the superheroes whose names begin with their initial.  But I don't want to miss Volcano Man, who vomits on bad guys.

  • Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox.  I love Wilcox's very funny fractured fairy tales, but puns are a little difficult for this age group. Crouch down on the ground for the prince and shout up for Rapunzel. Then stand up very tall and shout down to the prince.  Skip the silky tresses and the twine if they're as young as this batch was. But the kids were fascinated by the pictures. Remember to introduce the term "maid" when looking at the picture since it's so key to the tale.
  • Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood.  This part-time princess is GIRL BY DAY, PRINCESS BY NIGHT!  Just a "regular girl" during the day -- spelling tests, broken crayons -- at night she becomes a princess, dons a sparkling crown, drives off in a coach and deals with dragons, saving the kingdom.  A big AT LAST, for this book
  • Mixed Up Fairy Tales by Hilary Robinson. For a young group, pick one story from this book and tell it. THEN use this book as a review of the story. But this year the group was older, and they really appreciated the humor of: And then Goldilocks ate RED RIDING HOOD'S GRANDMOTHER?! We did a couple.
  • Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley.  It was with a little nervousness that I picked up this one. It was towards the end of storyhour, when the wiggle level is usually higher. But this book's weird dichotomy between ultra girly Princess Tenderheart and the ultra guy Cool Motorcycle Dude, including a horrible green ogre and some innocent ponies, really hit the spot with this crew and the moms and I loved it too because it is such a totally ridiculous story. Parts of this book make no sense at all, volcanoes exploding suddenly, invisible cloaks being made, but the kids listened to it all without question and loved it.
  • Super Duck by Jez Alborough. A bit long and confusing.
  • Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs.  Snow White happens upon a cabin inhabited with 77, not 7 dwarfs -- and the amount of work she has to do goes up by 10!  Great math intro, VERY funny, and fun, screwy pix.
  • Princess and the Pony by Beaton
  • Little Red by Bethan Woollvin.  
  • Fairy Talae: Who Is It? Grindley
Songs: First we did Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes. Then I told them to put on their superhero costumes, the crowns on their heads, the capes on their shoulders, their swords at their swords and the boots on their feet, and we sang:
Crowns & capes & swords & boots, swords & boots.
Crowns & capes & swords & boots, swords & boots.
Eyes & ears & mouth & nose, crowns & capes & swords & boots,
swords & boots.  Fun!


Song: And of course we sang a lot of other favorites.

Craft: Materials: a roll of wallpaper, stick on jewels & flowers from Oriental Trading, some aluminum foil and a whole lot of double sided tape. I recommend trying your crown on with some tape and then stapling. 
And didn't they turn out beautiful!
Isn't Victoria beautiful!
Royal friends.


I think Sebastian's crown just suits him.
Oliver, you look great!


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