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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stories in the Park: Slow Down!

Last week we did Things That Go, and I like to balance things out so, Slow Down, everybody! A version of the traditional Hare and Tortoise seemed appropriate, as well as highlighting slow animals of other sorts. We learned a lot about s-l-o-w animals today :) Here are the books:
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
Sloths by Mari C. Shuh
Hare and Tortoise is a wonderfully clever new version of an old story. I couldn't read the complete narrative because it would have been too long for Storytime, so you need to take this one out and read - and look at - every inch ; ) I had the same issue with Are You a Snail?. I love this book, recommended to me by one of our children's librarians, Adelle. It's chock full of wonderful facts about snails, but there are just too many pages to keep a storytime crowd focused, so I pared it down a bit. If you have a fan of snails at your house, (and what kid doesn't like snails at some point in their lives??) try this one at home too, so you can find out even more facts about snails!

Sloths, on the other hand, is a "Bullfrog Book" which is a great series for the youngest naturalists :) Not too many words, great photos and clear page layouts. I learned something I didn't know in Sloths: sloths are a greenish color because various forms of algae live on their fur! This works out great as a way to steer clear of those hungry eagles, because they can blend in with their leafy, rainforest surroundings.

And finally, Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? If you're feeling the need to act like a koala, or an owl, or a monkey or a tiger, (to name a few,) check out this sweetest book by John Butler, and...practice, practice, practice ; )

I have a few great puppets of these s-l-o-w animals and we shared some poetry about them today! Here's our turtle poem, and it comes with an easy fingerplay for your littlest ones:
My Turtle
 This is my turtle - (make a fist with your thumb tucked inside!)
She lives in a shell. (Tap the fist)
She likes her home very well. (Nod :)
She pokes her head out when she wants to eat (Poke your thumb out!)
And pulls it back in when she wants to sleep! (Pull it back in!)
Let's count snails!!
Five Snails
5 snails were sliding across the forest floor
One slimed away and that left four!
4 snails were climbing up a nearby tree
One slimed away and that left three!
3 snails were sipping some morning dew
One slimed away and that left two!
2 snails were hiding from the bright hot sun
One slimed away and that left one.
1 little snail by itself, all alone
Finally slimed away, then the snails were all gone.

We also have a funny sloth poem - see how slow you can stand to recite it!
I Am a Sloth
I….. am….. a….. sloth…..
A….. sloth….. am….. I…..
I….. live….. in….. trees…..
But….. do…..not….. fly…..
I….. do….. not….. run…..
I….. am….. so….. slow…..
But…..I….. am…..where…..
I….. want.…….. go…..
Are you feeling a little more relaxed now? ; ) Hey, reading books about slow animals together with your children is a great way to relax! Check out the Booklist at the end of the post!
See you next time,
Miss Kelly

            Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
            Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? by John Butler
            Hurry Up and Slow Down by Layn Marlow
            Quick, Slow Mango! by Anik McGrory
            Take Your Time: A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise by Eva Furrow; Ills. by Laurel Molk
Snail Trail by Ruth Brown
Slow Down for Manatees by Jim Arnosky
Slow Snail by Mary Murphy
Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis; Ills. by Tony Ross
Picky Eaters by Ellen Jackson
Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring
            Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen; Ills. by Tudor Humphries  J594 Allen
            Sloths by Mari C. Schuh  J599.313 Schuh
            Animals that Climb by Angela Royston  J 591.47 Royston
            Koalas by Laura Marsh  J599.25 Marsh
A Turtle Hatchling Grows Up by Pam Zollman  J597.92

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