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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stories in the Park: Down on the Farm: Cautionary Tales

So good to see everybody again at Stories in the Park! We had dry weather, which is always nice, but I'm hoping for rain for all the plants and trees after this really hot spell!
So, Cautionary Tales...Our group learned about cooperation, bears, honey, and workers's rights! (Worker bees rights, that is :) And we saw how plants grow from seeds, all in these three books:
The Little Red Hen retold by Heather Forest; Ills. by Susan Gaber
Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley
How Does a Seed Grow? by Sue Kim; Photos by Tilda

If you couldn't see the illustrations for The Little Red Hen when you were at the park today, you must come to the library and take this one out! The rhyming version of this retelling of the classic tale of cooperation by Heather Forest is complimented so hilariously by Gaber's incredible illustrations. I never knew a hen could give a hairy eyeball. This one does! You must see it up close to fully appreciate it.

Now, I know Please Please the Bees went completely over most of our little one's heads today, and I apologize for that :) But, to my mind, the story had to be told because, I sometimes can't resist going a little over the suggested age range for a book when I know the grownups are going to get it :) I could tell many of the grownups there today did enjoy it, and truthfully, storytimes can and should, at least occasionally, be as much for the adults as the kids, don't you think? This is another one that you should check out, especially if you have young school age kids at home. The illustrations are fabulous and funny, and the details of the little bees are priceless. Thank you Gerald Kelley for an awesome new book!

How Does a Seed Grow? Just open this book, and you will find out exactly how a seed grows! The perfect "nonfiction" book for little wanna-be gardeners and scientists everywhere. I will warn anyone new to my Storytimes right now that I like to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into my programs, even for the youngest among us :) I read nonfiction books to both of my kids when they were very young and they both grew up with an appreciation for science and nature and the arts especially. In How Does a Seed Grow, the wonder of what actually goes on under the soil - in photographic illustration - is delightfully revealed. I'm a firm believer that showing kids the amazing science behind food can only be beneficial for a picky eater ; )

After we read The Little Red Hen, "Dig a Little Hole" seemed to be the right song to sing:
Dig a Little Hole
 Dig a little hole. (Pretend to dig with a trowel!)
Plant a little seed. (Stick your seed in the ground!)
Pour a little water. (Get out your watering can!)
Pull a little weed. (Pull!!)
Up! Up! Up! (Put your palms together and slowly raise your hands up...)
Green stems climb.
Open wide, (Open your arms wide! You're blossoming!)
it’s blossom time!

And of course, we followed Please Please up with "Here is the Beehive":

Here is the Bee Hive!
Here is the bee hive
But where are the bees?
Hidden inside where nobody sees…
Now they come creeping out of the hive…
1  -  2  -  3  -  4  -  5! Buzzzzzz!

AND a new Down Around the Corner, especially for the theme of Farmer's Market (and Bees!)

Down Around the Corner!
Down around the corner at the
Farmer’s Market stall,
there were 5 jars of honey and
that is all!
Along came someone with a dollar to pay
They bought a jar of honey
and they took it away!
4 jars of honey...        
3 jars of honey...
2 jars of honey...
1 jar of honey...

I like to bring some math into my storytimes :) The original "Down Around the Corner" rhyme was conceived by Melissa Depper (see it here and learn more at: Mel's Desk) Thanks, Mel!

Remember, if you know any folks who can't make it to Stories in the Park on Tuesdays due to scheduling conflicts, starting June 24th we'll be having Summer Family Storytime Saturdays at 11:00 again this year, where we basically repeat our Stories in the Park line up and add a craft, all in the Thaler Howell programming room at the library. Please let folks know!

See you next time,
Miss Kelly

Oh, P.S.! My smart and helpful volunteer, Kai, suggested I add a booklist for my Stories in the Parks themes for folks who want to read more books based on the themes, and I think that's a great idea. You can find general booklists on TCPL's website here, or when I have a more specific booklist, I'll add it at the end like this:

Booklist for “Down on the Farm: Cautionary Tales:

These books are not all cautionary tales, however, they are all great books for Farm themes and Farmer’s Market themes. * = books that I would consider actual “cautionary tales”, if you’re looking for a humorous and/or folktale-like style of story. J


*Meow Said the Cow by Emma Dodd

*The Little Red Hen retold by Heather Forest, Ills. By Susan Gaber

From the Garden A Counting Book About Growing Food by Michael Dahl, Ills. by Todd Ouren

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward, Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler

Two Tiny Mice by Alan Baker

*Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, Ills. by Betsy Lewin

Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

*The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

On the Farm by Anna Milbourne, Ills. by Alessandra Roberti

Farmer Dale’s Red Pickup Truck by Lisa Wheeler; Ills. by Ivan Bates

            My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor

            *The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

            *The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill

            Market Day by Lois Ehlert

            Who’s on the Farm? by Heather J. Gondek; Ills. by Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

            Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

            Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner; Ills. by Will Hillenbrand

            On the Farm by David Elliott; Ills. by Holly Meade

            *This Little Chick by John Lawrence

            I Spy On the Farm by Edward Gibbs

            This Is the Farmer and Spots Feathers and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri

            *new book (as of 2016) by Kadir Nelson: If You Plant a Seed – wonderful!

*Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy

Big Horse, Small Mouse by Leisbet Slegers

            *What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson; Ills by Lydia Monks

            Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz

Inside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-Along Story by  Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Ills. by Tedd Arnold

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

My Busy Green Garden by Terry Pierce; Ills. by Carol Schwartz

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root; Ills. by G.Brian Karas

*Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley


            Farmer’s Market  (J 635 Rendon)

            Farmer’s Market Rounding by Julie Dalton  (J 513 Dalton)

Office Ref

            How Does a Seed Grow?

            Come Into My Garden by Cynthia Rothman (big book)

            Little Rabbit’s Snacktime by Alan Baker


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