By Jan Pease
At story hour on February 15, in honor of the Chinese New Year, we read “The Great Race” and we made snake finger puppets to celebrate the Year of the Snake. My group of little boys carefully colored and decorated their snakes, and then we all talked together in little snake voices. It reminded me again of the wonder of working with young children. Remember that on Fridays, through May 10th, Preschool Story hour features singing, movement, at least one book and a simple project. Even the younger siblings proudly made their snakes today.
Occasionally I sing a cowboy song at story hour. I don’t know why those have stayed with me; most of them were songs I learned to sing while learning simple guitar chords when I was about 15. “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy,” written and illustrated by Jan Thomas, is one of our new books. This very funny book includes the link to hear the cowboy sing his lullaby. Children will also find several fun activities just for them at www.janthomasbooks.com.
I love to read book reviews posted online, and I find it interesting to see that a book that gets only “one star” may be given “five stars” by someone else. “See Me Run,” written and illustrated by Paul Meisel, is one of those books. This story of dogs romping and running around who dig up the skeleton of a huge dinosaur is very funny . The “I Like to Read” series includes short texts, familiar vocabulary, repetition to reinforce learning, and illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience. This information is found on the publisher’s website, holidayhouse.com. “See Me Run” received the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor award in 2012.
Eve Bunting also has a new book for beginning readers, “Frog’s Flying Adventures.” This is her fourth book in the “Frog and Friends” series, part of the I Am a Reader imprint from Sleeping Bear Press. Check out the website at www.I-Am-A-Reader.com for activities and strategies to help your beginning reader. “Frog’s Flying Adventures” is a level 2 book, for grades 1-2.
Rosemary Wells was inspired by her two daughters for the “Max and Ruby” books, and now her five granddaughters are giving her new stories to tell. “Time-out for Sophie” introduces a new character, Sophie, an adorable little mouse who has to take time out again and again because of her behavior. When Grandma takes a time out from Sophie, the lesson finally sinks in and Sophie’ behavior changes for the better. (Until the final page. )
These picture books are waiting for you at Litchfield Public Library! I hope to see you there!