Kindergarten 2004-2005

The Ducks are Back!
A mother duck has come back to lay her eggs for the second year in the Grandview garden. Children will listen to non-fiction and fiction selections about ducks and ducklings.
- Coloring Pages, About Ducks (short non-fiction), Duck Song
Possible Book Selections:
Have You Seen My Duckling, by Nancy Tafuri
The Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Anderson
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
Secret Place, by Eve Bunting

Dinosaurs to the Rescue
coverby Marc Brown,Laurie Krasny Brown
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- The Browns' sensible, cavorting dinosaurs are back again, this time regaling readers with some advice on how they can rescue our ailing Earth. In this latest foray into social issues, the authors present major environmental problems with such practical, easy, and entertaining solutions that children will be enthusiastic from the very beginning. The first page introduces Slobosaurus who is ``full of excuses for why he can't use less, use things again, and give something back to the earth.'' Succeeding pages show the boorish way he reacts by tossing his empty soda can on the ground, wasting water, using electricity unwisely or unnecessarily, etc. Plants, animals, and insects, too, are given a place in this environmental treatment. (From School Libray Journal)

I Love You Stinky Face
coverby Lisa Mccourt
"But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?"Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE. Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that. (Amazon)

Lettice the Flying Rabbit
coverby Mandy Stanley
PreS. Lettice, who was a dancing rabbit in her first appearance, is now flying. Intrigued by birds, the little bunny tries to fly, but it's only after she accidentally climbs into a motorized toy plane that she gets a real bird's-eye view of the countryside. She has a close call when the little girl with the control box brings down the pink plane, and it's hard to say who is more surprised when the bunny and the child see one another. Lettice is worried that she won't get back to her family, but the girl has a solution: she flies the plane back to the spot where Lettice's family is having a picnic--much to the delight (and envy) of the other bunnies who are watching. This simple adventure is just right for the age group, as is the artwork, sweet and simple and executed in candy colors that immediately attract. Little ones will especially be drawn to the jacket picture of Lettice flying high in a pink plane, sprinkled with glitter. (Ilene Cooper - Booklist)

The Shopping Basket
coverby John Burningham
"Run down to the store for me, will you, Steven, and buy six eggs, five bananas, four apples, three oranges for the baby, two doughnuts, and a bag of chips for your snack."
What could possibly go wrong on a simple trip like this? Nothing resourceful Steven can't handle. In the style of the cleverest fairy-tale heroes, he outsmarts a bullying bear, a menacing monkey, a cantankerous kangaroo, and a plethora of other thugs who try to purloin his produce. In the end he arrives home only a little late, with a slightly lighter load, but victorious nonetheless. John Burningham's one-of-a-kind style has established him as one of today's most highly acclaimed author-illustrators of children's books. A two-time Kate Greenaway Medal recipient, this fantastically understated storyteller combines gently repetitive, building text with inviting pen and ink and watercolor wash illustrations. (Amazon)

In the Small, Small Night
coverby Jane Kurtz
In the middle of the night the world can seem huge and frightening, especially when you've just moved far from home. On Abena and Kofi's first night in America, it is late and it is dark and they are up worrying. What if a giant lizard or a slender-snouted crocodile crawled into their suitcases? What if the people in their new school laugh at them? What if they forget Grandmother and their cousins, now that they are an ocean away? But Abena knows a secret to help them. It is a secret that can make the world and the night seem small again. She reaches for her new flashlight and turns it on. She says to her little brother, Kofi, "Pretend this is the moon. Close your eyes." And then she begins ... (Amazon)

A Kitten Called Moonlight
coverby Martin Waddell
Airy, light-infused chalk pastels illuminate this tender tale-within-a-tale of a girl, her mother and a stray rescued one cold, wintry night. Curled up in her house by the sea, Charlotte asks her mother to tell her again about that eventful night when, coming home in their car, the child was convinced she spied two bright eyes reflected in the headlights. At Charlotte's prodding, they searched for the creature and discovered a small white kitten that Charlotte named Moonlight (because "we'd never have found him without the moonlight"). Related entirely in dialogue, the story exudes all the warmth of a mother obliging her child's frequent interruptions and embellishments and showcases Waddell's (Owl Babies) keen ear for the natural ebb and flow of conversation. Birmingham's (A Baby for Grace) artistry evokes the loving bond between mother and daughter; the misty, softly shaded portraits are shot through with light, from the faint glow of a streetlight and silvery stream of moonlight on the sea to the cozy golden warmth of their home. Ages 3-6 (From Publishers Weekly)
(Story is recorded so that children may read again in the library or classroom listening center.)

In the Rain With Baby Duck
coverby Amy Hest & Jill Barton
Mr. and Mrs. Duck happily prance along in the rain, Baby pouts and wails about wet feet, wet face, and mud, mud, mud. "I've never heard of a duck who doesn't like rain," frets Mrs. Duck. But Grampa has. He takes Baby up to the attic and pulls out a beautiful red umbrella and matching boots that once belonged to another baby duck who wasn't so fond of the rain--Baby's mother. Large watercolor illustrations make the rainy day look bright and cheerful as, arm in arm, Grampa and Baby waddle, shimmy, and hop in all the puddles. Hest's delightful text exudes charm, and beginning readers will find the large type and simple vocabulary a helpful bonus. Perfect for a rainy-day story time. (Booklist)

White Snow, Bright Snow
coverby Alvin Tresselt
When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grownups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on thier tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book -- the frost ferns on the window sill, the snow man in the yard and the mystery and magic of a new white world. Roger Duvoisin's pictures in soft blue half-tones with briliant splashes of yellow and red emphasize the gaiety and humor as well as the poetic quality of the text. (Amazon)
(Share Poem at beginning of book first. / Present book on Smart Board as Powerpoint - Story is recorded so that children may read again in listening center.)

Tiny the Snow Dog
coverby Carol Meister
Tiny and his best friend love winter. And the best thing about winter is playing in the snow! Tiny's friend throws a snowball, and Tiny runs to catch it. Tiny runs and runs until his friend can't see him anymore. Where is Tiny? He is missing! And what is that sound? Is it a snow monster crunching through the snow, or is it just Tiny the snow dog? (Amazon)
(Present book on Smart Board as Powerpoint - Read the book as written. Re-read with children. The Story is recorded so that children may read again in listening center.)

Miffy In The Snow
coverby Dick Bruna
One day it snows and Miffy's school gets cancelled. She gets all bundled up and goes sledding, ice-skating, and makes a snowman. Find out what happens when Miffy discovers a bird trapped in the snow. (Book is written as a poem. Present book on Smart Board as Powerpoint - Story is recorded so that children may read again in listening center / Using class dictation, write new captions for illustrations and have children re-record.)

coverHenny Penny
by Paul Galdone
Henny Penny is a old English folk story about a hen who is one day gathering acorns.When one hits her on the head and she is convinced that the sky is fallling.So naturally she feels it's her duty to tell the king. Along the way she meets some of her friends and asks them to join her on her quest to tell the king. When they almost get to the king's palace, they meet Foxy Loxy who tricks them. (Groups act out play following narrator direction.)

Snowmen At Night
coverby Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-1-6 S1-2-4 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-5 S2-1-6 S2-2-2 S2-2-3 S2-2-4 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

coverGracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey
by Joy Cowley
Miguel has two worries about Thanksgiving: Will his Papa, a trucker, make it home in time? And will his pet turkey become the entree? This crackling tale is set in New York City, where Gracias, the turkey, takes walks on a leash, is stolen, recovered and, when blessed by a priest, is thankfully deemed unroastable. Cepeda (The Cat's Meow) captures the story's sunny disposition with gaily composed, Latin-flavored oil paintings. (Publisher's Weekly)

Hansel and Gretel
coverby Rika Lesser, Paul O. Zelinsky
Magnificently illustrated Caldecott Honor book. "Artfully understated retelling and magnificent paintings result in an unsurpassable presentation of the ancient fairytale. (Publishers Weekly).
(Have children divide into groups to work on drawings of story scenes. Ask teachers if they would like to work on joint project ... Pop-Up Books.) Pop-Up Book Directions
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-1 S1-2-2 S1-2-3 S1-2-4 S1-2-5 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-1-4 S2-1-6 S2-2-1 S2-2-2 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

The Painter
coverby Peter Catalanotto
This joyous celebration of creativity and connection combines luminous watercolors with a succinct, convincing first-person narrative to capture the love between parent and child and the pleasure of self-expression. Catalanotto's light-filled paintings create a sunny world inhabited by a bearded artist-father, a loving mother, their exuberant daughter, and a most engaging German Shepherd. (School Library Journal)

NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-4 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-2-1 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

Little Red Riding Hood
The traditional tale told with a "turnover" doll. Children listen and then retell the story in small groups and as a class using paper props.
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-3 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-2-1 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

The Paperboy
coverby Dav Pilkey
Early one cold morning a boy and his dog rise to deliver newspapers. In almost reverential silence they eat breakfast, prepare the newspapers, then step out into the chill, leaving sleeping parents and sister inside. Pilkey perfectly captures the thrill of being out early, seeing the world so new and having it all to oneself. Something magical is at work on this most ordinary of paper routes, tangible in the controlled hush of the narrative and in the still, moon-lit landscapes. And, at last, as his family awakens to golden sunlight, the paperboy returns to his bed, prepared to enter another familiar Pilkey world: dreamland.(Publisher's Weekly)
Activity Sheets: Scrambled pictures No Words Ordered Pictures with Words
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-3 S1-2-4 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-2-1 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The traditional tale told with a "turnover" doll. Children listen and then retell the story in small groups and as a class using paper props.
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-3 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-2-1 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

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