Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Where's my crayon box? Stories about Colors

One of my favorite storytimes to do is colors. I love teaching children about the different colors they can use to make their artwork beautiful. (Plus color signs are really easy to teach the kids)

In My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, we discover that some days can be defined by colors. Yellow can mean a really happy day while blue can be a really sad day. Since our days can be different colors, so can our moods. I like this book because it gives children a different way to describe how they are feeling, especially when they don't know the proper words.

In What Does Bunny See by Linda Sue Park (with pictures by Maggie Smith), Bunny travels through the garden identifying different flowers by name and color. I like this book because not only does it give the children a beautiful way to learn colors, they can also begin the task of flower recognition.

In A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch (pictures by Chad Cameron), we meet Liza, a budding artist. Liza loves her crayons and she loves to color. She loved coloring so much that one day she ran out of paper. Instead of being devistated, Liza looked up and saw the blank canvas in front of her-- her bedroom WALL. As a punishment, Liza's mother takes her crayons away for the rest of the day and poor little Liza's day turns very gray. As she pouts the day away, Liza starts to see colors all around her and realizes she can use more that her crayons to make colorful art.
I love this book because when Liza misbehaves, there is a consequence, but she is able to turn it into a positive and find another way to express her art.

In Red is a Dragon: a Book of Colors by Tosanne Thong (pictures by Grace Lin), we meet a little girl in China who finds colors all around her. I like how the author throws in things that Americans might not know and then at the end, she added a glossary so we can learn them. The pictures are beautiful.

Finally, in The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf (pictures by Michael Letzig), we meet a nameless little girl who walked into a toy store. As she goes through the aisles to find the toy she wants to bring home, she overhears a crayon box with  crayons who don't like each other. The little girl takes the box of crayons home and uses them to show how each color can be used together to make an awesome picture.
The Crayon Box that Talked is one of my favorite books because it takes a simple crayon box to prove that everyone is special and everyone can eventually get along. What I like to do when I use this book is, I give each child a paper crayon and have them hold it up when each color is mentioned. I usally read it through twice, the first time without the children interacting and then with them playing their parts. It seems to work well. :O)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan illustrated by Mike Benny

In The Listeners, Gloria Whelan takes a look at slavery from a child's eyes. Bobby, Sue and Ella May have a very important job to do after they are done with the duties their master has given them. Every night, the three children sneak up to the plantation house and listen to what Master Thomas and Mistress Louise tell eachother. Somedays, the news they gather is very important. One night, the children hear that another slave master has offered to buy William (Ella May's daddy), but thankfully, their master wants to keep him. The stroy continues on until the election of President Abraham Lincoln, but the way it ends gives hope.

I really like this book. It's not one that can be used in storytime, but one that an older child can listen to with a parent and they can discuss the book together.

The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly and Algy Craig Hall

The monster in this book is really scary. He doesn't brush his teeth so they are green and mossy, he doesn't bathe so his pillow is smelly and crusty, and he is really mean. Anytime the animals are near him, he yells at them to go away, or he tries to scare them off. But one day, as he is wandering in his mean moods, he gets the Hiccups!
After doing everything he can to get rid of them, but nothing he does works. Finally, the animals of the forest come to his aid and he learns how to get rid of his hiccups.

This is adorable! I love how the other animals are finally able to get rid of monster's hiccups!

Woof: a Love Story by Sarah Weeks, Illustrated by Holly Berry

Woof: a Love Story is the adorable story about a dog who lives to do doggy things. Everyday he does the same dog things until one day while doing his doggy business (not that kind of business) he smells an unusal smell and falls in LOVE with a beautiful white . . . CAT?! While the dog tries to tell the cat he loves her, they are met with a language barrier and dog has to find a new way to express himself.

In this delightful story we learn that love has no barriers if a dog and a cat can fall in love. . .

This story is way too cute. I love it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Peter, the Knight with Asthma by Janna Matthies illustrated by Anthony Lewis

Young Peter is a brave knight who battles fire-breathing dragons, rescues tigers, builds igloos, but has to take breaks to use his rescue inhaler. His mother, realizing that Peter needs to use his inhaler far too often takes him to the doctor where he is diagnosed with asthma. During Peter's appointment with the doctor, he is introduced to some new items-- the peak-flow meter, and a nebulizer machine-- both which will help Peter get a hold on his asthma.
I liked this book as a quick intro into asthma for a child because it shows Peter being allowed to do the same things he could do before his diagnosis. The hand-drawn nebulizer is a wonderful, non-scary introduction to treatment.

I'm Getting a Checkup Today by Marilyn Singer illustrated by David Milgrim

I'm Getting a Checkup Today by Marilyn Singer is a delightful book about going to the doctor's office. I enjoyed the rhyming nature of the book and how in each picture a parent is visible as well. I like that the book uses two fonts to differentiate the story from the explanation of doctor tools and furniture. Some of the explanations are rather long though.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris illustrated by Carrie Hartman

The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris is an adorable take on a classic rhyme. I enjoyed how the story started out the same with the mouse running up the clock, but loved how with each chime of the clock another animal would join the chase.

I would use this book with 2-3 year olds as an introduction to telling time. I would try to obtain a clock that makes noise so they can associate the chimes of the clock with time as well.