For our final storytime of the winter session we read stories about opposites in size – Big & Little!
Click onto the PBS Parents’ link to learn a bit about the benefits of reading rhyming books to children. You’ll also find a great list of rhyming picture books. (FYI: We have most of these in our collection so try and check a few out!) PBS Parents
What follows are the books, rhymes, songs, flannel board and finger puppet story we shared.
BOOKS WE SHARED
In Ruth Bornstein’s book, Little Gorilla we meet a “little” gorilla. Everyone LOVES Little Gorilla! The lion roars his loudest roar for Little Gorilla, the green parrot and red monkey play with him in the trees…even the boa constrictor thinks he is nice. All of the animals in the forest do everything they can to show Little Gorilla how much they love him. But there is only one problem – Little Gorilla doesn’t stay little. He becomes HUGE! Will he still be loved? From a toddler’s perspective growing up might mean losing that special “little” status – this books offers reassurance that true love never depends on the “size” of the outer package.
Sitting In My Box by Dee Lillegard is a story about a boy and his box. His box is his secret hideway – a place he can read and be left alone. We find out what happens when some wild animals find him and immediately want him to let them in! You can imagine it gets pretty tight in there and the little boy yells for someone to leave. No one budges until a teeny, tiny fly buzzes by and wreaks some havoc! A great picture book story with rhyming text, repetition, a group of beautifully illustrated wild animals and a little boy who just wants to be left alone to READ!
Flannel Board We Shared
Little Ball, Big Ball
Add the the pink ball (or any other color ball) and say:
Little balls, big balls, another ball I see.
Credit: Read, Rhyme and Sing
A Great Big Cat & a Teeny, Tiny Mouse
There was a GREAT BIG CAT (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
and a Teeny Little Mouse (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
Who ran around and around (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)
In a tall, tall house! (Stretch arms above head)
Until that teeny tiny mouse (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
got caught at last (have cat catch mouse)
Because that GREAT BIG CAT (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
ran around so fast! (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)
Music from CDs We Shared
Children love to sing and dance to music. Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime. Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.
Video We Shared
Video based on the picture book by Andrea Zimmerman
Continue the Fun
If you want to read more books about opposites, make sure to check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!