Archive for May, 2007

storytime kids

Even though this session of storytime is over, this blog, Storytime Kids, will continue.  So be sure to check back each week for more book and web reviews, craft ideas, program information, and more.  See you at the library and on the web!

–Miss Tracey

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book review

Happy Birthday, Dotty! by Tim Warnes

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The adorable puppy Dotty is opening her birthday cards, when she decides to hunt for her friends.  The hunt turns into a search for presents as she finds and unwraps a bouncy ball, a kite, and even a tricycle, but no friends.  The she finds literally the biggest present of all, a big box with all her friends inside!  A cute but rather wordy story, this is a good read aloud for the parent who doesn’t mind making up their own story to go along with the pictures, or the preschooler who is ready to picture read.  The brightly cartoonish illustrations show us the friends that Dotty doesn’t see, which makes a fun hunt for the reader as Dotty looks for her presents.    A nice book to share or for a child to “read” on their own.

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more than books in the library

Does your child love music?  You can find a variety of CD’s for check out in the children’s department.  A few of my favorites are the Veggie Tales CD’s (the newest one is called Boyz in the Sink), Ralph’s World and Ralph’s World: Happy Lemons by Ralph Covert, and Not Naptime by Justin Roberts.  What about CD-ROM’s, you ask?  The library has those too!  Check out the Cars CD-ROM (yes, that’s the same Cars as the movie), or our many Blue’s Clues computer games.   You will also find a great selection of books on cassette tape and on CD, as well.  There are even puppets that are available for check out!   So be sure to check out all that the Lane Library has to offer to your family.

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book review

The Wheels on the Race Car by Alexander Zane, illustrated by James Warhola

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With the command “Racers…Start your engines!”, this book is off to the finish line.  Readers will immediately recognize the basis for the book, a favorite storytime song Wheels on the Bus.   This energetic story is set at the racetrack, where the “race car on the track goes zip-zip-zip”, and the checkered flag goes “swish-swish-swish”.   Each page features an aspect of the big race, and the endpapers illustrate the motions that accompany each verse.  The illustrations are as action-packed as a real race, with animals staffing the pitcrews and filling the crowds.  The cars even have wildlife appropriate sponsers from “musk see tv” to “llama clocks” and “purrfect pistons”.   A great read aloud for car lovers, singers, and those who like a more energetic story.  Check it out!

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early literacy in storytime: examples five and six

Let’s review: early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write; early literacy skills are the building blocks for later reading and writing.  Here are two more examples on how early literacy techniques are being incorporated into toddler tales.

Example #5: While I only read one book during storytime, I try to make that book a fun one and one to which toddlers can relate.  We also usually do a few songs and fingerplays related to that book, as well.  If we can have fun while reading,  your child will learn to enjoy books and reading.  That is such an important factor in learning to read!

Example #6: Each week, you the caregiver have an opportunity to take home a handout that lists some of the songs and fingerplays that we did that week in storytime.  You can then take that handout home and continue these early literacy activities at home.  After all, parents and caregivers are the best “teachers” to get their children ready for learning to read.

Of course, the most important thing about storytime is that we have fun!  I have a few more examples on how early literacy techniques are being worked into storytime, so stay tuned.

–Miss Tracey

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web review

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of information you get on the internet, or wish that you could somehow organize the number of interesting sites that you read?  Pageflakes can help.  Not only can you keep track of the blogs that you read, you can find even more by using their feeds gallery.  But Pageflakes can do more than that.  On Pageflakes, you can access your address book, local weather information, to-do-list, news, blogs and much more – it’s all on one page that you can access from anywhere and any computer.  By adding “flakes” or bits of information to your page, you can access almost anything from your email to stock quotes to your favorite bookmarks, as well as play sudoku and get local movie showtimes.

But it gets better.  You can share your page with other internet users by entering the email addresses of the people you want to invite to view your page.  This means that you can share contacts, to-do-lists and news with your church or playgroups, set up a family page with photos and notes, share a calendar with your spouse – the possibilities are endless!   By using Pageflakes, everything you need is in one place on the internet.  And, it’s free!  Check it out!

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book review

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norman Juster, illustrations by Chris Raschka

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The hello, goodbye window is the kitchen window in the home of the young narrator’s grandparents, and it’s a magic window into the special days and nights that she spends with them.   The characters make faces at each other through the window, they look at their reflections, they look at the garden each morning and and they check the weather.  The narrator even watches out the window for tyrannosaurus rex, the pizza delivery guy, and the Queen of England.   Best of all, she blows kisses to her grandparents through the window as she leaves with her parents, “happy and sad at the same time”.  The text is sweetly and lyrically exuberant, and the Caldecott-award winning illustrations are masterfully child-like, soft and yet full of life.  This book would make a wonderful read aloud for grandparent and child.

–Miss Tracey

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