Today we took things slow in storytime, and read stories about leisurely animals!

Books We Shared

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle
Challenged by the other jungle animals for its seemingly lazy ways, a sloth living in a tree explains the many advantages of his slow and peaceful existence.

Hi, Harry!  The Moving Story of How One Slow Tortoise Slowly Made a Friend by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Barbara Firth.
Harry the tortoise just wants to play with someone.  But all the other animals are rushing somewhere!  Will anyone have time for Harry?

Flannelboard Stories

Today we shared the classic fable, the Tortoise and the Hare.

Try some of these books to read the story at home.  Just click on the cover to be taken to the book in our catalog:



Recite this rhyme with your child and do the movements.  Having your child do the movements will help with his or her small motor skills, and it’s fun!

Fast and Slow (taken from A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMillan)
Running, running, running fast
We’re really moving, but it won’t last.

Now running, running, running slow
Go as slowly as you can go.

Other verses:
– clapping
– jumping
– turning
– sitting

We also used shaker eggs doing storytime to do the following rhyme:

Shake Your Shakers
(to the tune of: “London Bridge”)

Shake your shakers, shake shake shake
Shake, shake, shake
Shake, shake, shake
Shake your shakers, shake shake shake
Shake your shakers

Other verses:
Shake your shakers fast

Music from CDs

Music always adds to storytime.  Here is a song we shared today:

“Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music


Film We Watched


“Leo the Late Bloomer” from Splat the Cat…and Other Furry Friends  based on the book by Robert Kraus, with pictures by José Aruego

All the other animals can write, read, eat neatly, and draw.  But not Leo.  His father worries, but Leo’s mom says he’s just a late bloomer.  Will Leo ever bloom?

It’s great to talk about things you watch with your child!  This helps them extend their language!
Here are some suggestions for things to talk about after watching “Leo the Late Bloomer”:
– What kind of animals did you see in this movie?
– Can you read, write your name, or draw?  Do you want to practice those things now?

 Continue the Fun

Here are some more books to help you take it slow available for check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch: