Baby Bits - Dancing Babies on Saturday

DANCING BABIES is a family event for "the Five and Under" crowd.
Gari Stein will lead the program Saturday morning, January 14, 2012, at the Pittsfield Branch Library. Young "Twinkle Toes" families are invited to "Polish and Shine" muscles and voices at this popular Preschool Music and Motion Program. The program will begin at 11:00 am and end by 11:45 am.
It has the makings for one Happy Day!

PreK Bits - Peas and Royalty

What are the virtues of a real Princess?
She will have good manners.
She will be exceedingly sensitive.
She may apply and interview to marry a Prince.
The PRINCESS And The PEA is a classic folktale by Hans Christian Anderson.
It can be retold in many ways.
Ms. Rachel presented the African version in storytime this week, based on the version by Rachel Isadora The PRINCESS And The PEA.
Here are more versions to try:
ASL Tales: PRINCESS And The PEA which includes a DVD of the story in ASL sign language.
The PRINCESS And The PEA in Kit format, to let a learning reader follow the book, while a CD speaks the words.
La PRINCESA Y El GUISANTE is written in both Spanish and English languages.
The VERY SMART PEA And The PRINCESS To BE is the tale from the view of the Pea ... a favorite of mine.
Each version will be slightly different in how the story goes.
It's fun to consider the possibilities!

PreK Bits - Insects

“I” was in Ms. Rachel’s letter box, so Preschool Storytime was brought to you by the letter "i" and "insects". You can repeat one of the stories or explore related titles from the following:
Go To Sleep Gecko is an Indonesian folktale about ecology that begins with fireflies.
Tiny Little Fly and Old Black Fly ... they never catch the fly!
Sing "Ants Go Marching" and other songs with the 50 Silly Songs CD.
You can learn real information by browsing books from two very popular series:
Insect, which is a DK Eyewitness Book, and
Insects, which is a True Book.

Take a field trip to Traverwood Branch Library and view the glass case with Cecropia larvae munching on walnut leaves. This display is from the Leslie Nature Center.

PreK Bits - Royal Stories

Queen Rachel regaled the royal princes, princesses, and adults-in-waiting with a Storytime in the kingdom of Malletts Creek Branch Library. "The Princess, the Little Bird and the Frog" story was done entirely with sound effects. It has been passed on by oral tradition and is not found in a book. Royal recommendations in the Library are as follows:
King Bidgood's In The Bathtub and he won't come out! "Who will help!" cries the page.
Then there is the problem of The Prince Won't Go To Bed!
The Knight and the Dragon joust each other to cinders until the princess Librarian offers helpful titles from her mobile book cart. We (the royal "We") are royally amused !!! =D
Cowardly Clyde is a knight's horse, but he does not want to fight.
The Queen's Progress is a regal alphabet book that follows Queen Elizabeth I on Royal Progress through the English countryside. Positively SUMPtuous !!
Rachel Isadora recently retells traditional European tales with bold and colorful illustrations set in Africa. Take a look at the following royal folktales she has updated in her unique way:
The Princess And The Pea
Twelve Dancing Princesses

PreK Bits - Precocious Pigs

Ms. Rachel told stories about pigs this week.
The Old Woman And Her Pig is an Appalachian folktale.
The Three Little Pigs is a classic folktale, but we changed the end.
Our piggies scared the wolf away!
We danced the Piggy-Pokey ... put your piggy snout in! and your piggy tail out! you put your piggy ears in, and you turn your self around. That's what it's all about !!
Once your child knows the classic tale, try these turn-arounds:
Three Little Pigs by James Marshall, The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs as told by Jon Scieszka.
If you are a fan of pigs, here are more stories:
"Eat" Cried Little Pig ... but he slurps it and slops it and gets it everywhere!
A Garden For Pig. Sometimes dreams come true, but not always as you might expect.
Chester the Worldly Pig sets his sights on being more than something to eat.

PreK Bits - quiet LOUD

Ms. Rachel performed "quiet & LOUD" at Storytime this week.
Perhaps you know the difference.
Perhaps the difference needs practice.
The Board Book Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli offers a sound playground to fool around in.
The Quiet Book offers a large list of quiet moments to ponder.
Too Much Noise is the opposite of quiet ... of course, and a chance to practice animal noises too!
Heather Forest tells a different version in A Big Quiet House.
Michael Bania tells an Inuit version in Kumak's House.
Then practice your bug and swamp noises in The Noisy counting Book.

PreK Bits - "P" is for precious pups

Katie Loves the Kittens but Katie needs to learn don't SCARE the kittens....
Doggies works its doggie charm every time you "howl" it. It's your "Puppy as a Second Language" book.
One Pup's Up a puppy counting book.
If you want stories with more words, try these favorites:
The day Gracie walks through the open gate is the day of The Great Gracie Chase.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! uh, oh !!!
Martha Speaks the day she eats alphabet soup for lunch.
Officer Buckle And Gloria make school visits.
If you are ready for family read-alouds try:
Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels
And Henry And Ribsy remains a classic.

PreK Bits - Seriously Socks & Shoes

Ms. Rachel worked with Socks & Shoes for Storytime this week ... seriously!!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes seriously LOVES his new shoes!
Ten Sock Monkeys are seriously jumping on the bed .... uh, oh!
A very serious little girl says Ducks Don't Wear Socks, until she discovers a sense of humor.
For books a beginning reader can read, try:
Fox in Socks with plenty of rhyming "word families."
Jennie's Socks
100 Shoes: a Math Reader
Shoes Town
For more awesome, groovy, far out stories try:
Sally And the Purple Socks ... when socks turn mystical.....
Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes
The Shoemaker Extraordinaire
And when you have nothing but odd socks left, turn them into something new:
Sock and Glove: Create Charming Softy Friends

PreK Bits - Quiet under the Quilts

Ms. Rachel's recipe for bedtime storytime ... one tired child, one bed, 5 good books, wrapped in plenty of peace and quiet. So quick as a bunny, brush your teeth, and get into pajamas. Then quiet as a mouse you can listen to favorite stories, and dream:
The Hinky Pink is a re-telling of A BED JUST SO. The story we first knew was by Jeanne Hardendorff. It is no longer in print, but such a favorite of the Librarians, it is still told in Storytime.
Dream Machines has exquisite illustrations of mechanical inventions, to study closely, while someone reads the poems and prose.
The Bunnies Are Not In Their Beds
The Prince Won't Go To Bed
Little Quack's Bedtime
Are we asleep yet? .. and remember .... Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!
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PreK Bits - "B" is for Bears

Ms. Rachel found "B" in the letter box today for .... bring back Brown Bears ...
The Three Bears has many versions, but favorite versions include:
The Three Bears by Byron Barton who is known for spare text, and bright, child-like drawings which are especially attractive to youngest children.
Goldilocks And The three Bears for illustrations by Jan Brett.
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone, famous for his classic versions of folk tales.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears, a new "sassy" telling by Emma Chichester Clark.
And "fractured fairy tale" versions byJames Marshall or Stu Smith.
Now that we know what bears look like, We're Going On A Bear Hunt.
Beware Bears!

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