Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Chicken or the Egg?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities!

"I Know a Chicken" Action Song:
I know a chicken
And she laid an egg
Oh, I know a chicken
And she laid an egg
Oh, my goodness!
What a shaky egg!

Shake 'em fast
Shake 'em slow
Shake 'em in a circle

Thank you Laurie Berkner Band for the music.  Listen in at!

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This picture book about transformations poses the age old question, "Which came first?"

"All Around the Kitchen" Action Song:
All around the kitchen, cock-a-doodle, doodle, doo (repeat x4)
Now stop right there, put your hands in your hair
Wave your arms in the air, turn around in a circle
All around the kitchen, cock-a-doodle, doodle, doo (repeat x4)
Now stop right there, make your arms into trees
Wave your arms in the breeze, now wobble your knees!
All around the kitchen cock-a-doodle, doodle, doo (repeat x4)
Now stop right there, put your arms into wings
Now flap those things, fly around in a circle
All around the kitchen, cock-a-doodle, doodle, doo (repeat x4)
Now stop!

Thanks to Dan Zane for the music!  Check it out at:

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.

We made our very own Funky Chickens at Craft Time!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The EYES Have It!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle
A simple introduction to the meaning of numbers and sets as a rooster, on his way to see the world, is joined by fourteen animals along the way.

"My Windows" Action Rhyme:
In my house are windows two, shining clear and bright.
I can drop the curtains down, shutting out the light.
Open, shut them, open, shut them; now 'tis dark, no light.
I can see your windows too, letting in the light.

A Closer Look by Mary McCarthy
Detailed collage illustrations accompanied by simple text present expanding views of familiar objects in nature, such as a bug and a flower.

"My Eyes" Action Rhyme:
Here are my eyes, one and two
I give a wink, so can you.
When they are open, I see the light
When they are closed, it's dark like night!

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrations and rhyming text present ten different endangered animals.

All the better to SEE you with -- at craft time!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sssssssilly Sssssssnakes

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake!

"Oh I Wish I Was a Silly, Slippery Snake!" Action Song:
Sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Oh I wish I was a silly, slippery snake
Oh I wish I was a silly, slippery snake
I'd slither across the floor and underneath the door
Oh I wish I was a silly, slippery snake

Crictor by Tomi Ungerer
Crictor the boa constrictor lives with Madame Bardot. He is a very helpful pet--especially when there are burglars in the neighborhood...
"There's a Boa" Action Rhyme:
There's a boa constrictor and here he comes
Oh no, he's got my toe
Oh gee, he's got my knee
Oh my, he's got my thigh
Oh fiddle, he's got my middle
Oh darn, he's got my arm
Oh heck, he's got my neck
Oh dread, he's got my head

Hide and Snake by Keith Baker
A brightly colored snake challenges readers to a game of hide and seek as he hides among familiar objects.

Sssssslither into craft time with this ssssssssuper
sssssssnake finger puppet!


Here'sssssss what he lookssssss like in action!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'Z' Is For...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.
"Five Zebras" Action Rhyme:
Five zebras in a zoo
The first one said, "I need new shoes!"
The second one said, "I do too!"
The third one said, "My name is Sue."
The fourth one said, "It's nice to meet you."
The fifth one said, "How do you do?"

Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya
See life-size photographs of various animals, with fold-out pages and charts of interesting facts.
"Nine Little Zebras" Action Song:
One little, two little, three little zebras
Four little, five little, six little zebras
Seven little, eight little, nine little zebras
Galloping across the plain
Nine little, eight little, seven little zebras
Six little, five little, four little zebras
Three little, two little, one little zebra
Galloping back again!

I Love to Dance by Anna Walker
A zebra named Ollie celebrates his love of dancing, from stomping down the path and wriggling after a bath to rolling, jumping, and flipping.

Z is for...  Zebra!