Today was the Pre-School Story hour at the Mashpee Public Library. This is the story hour for the 3+ year old children. It’s by far one of the best story hours we have been too. The Daughter loves it because not only does she get to see some of her friends from pre-school, but also because she is able to hear new stories, sing a song or two, and then make a fun craft to bring home.
Today’s stories were fall themed and featured the animal so many of us associate with fall: Squirrels.
The first of three stories was
The story was a cute rhyme that told the tale of a little squirrel who, in his haste, did not stop to look both ways. No, he did not meet an untimely and messy demise, but he did learn the importance of stopping before crossing the road. This one was perfect because recently, the Daughter and I have been working on looking both ways and being safe in parking lots. It was a cute little tale that hammered home the message of street safety. Remember folks, when you see a ball roll into the street, there is most likely a child right behind it!
The second story was a great positive tale of how to turn a bad situation into a positive situation. A tale that accentuated the notion that everything happens for a reason.
I think when the Daughter gets a little older, we will revisit this one when she can get a better understanding of the underlying message to this one. It was cute, though.
The librarian’s third selection was a very nicely illustrated book. I’m a sucker for well illustrated children’s books. The art in children’s illustrations are amazing. A comment on a recent blog post I wrote had me thinking about how fantastic some of the artwork in children’s books is. But I digress…
The last tale of the story hour was:
The repetition of why this busy little squirrel could not stop to enjoy the day with all the other animals really got the children engaged. They eagerly waited for the moment to answer and then when it got to the end, they were surprised to find out why the squirrel had been so busy.
After the Daughter created her own squirrel with a very bushy tail made out of grass that grows in the salt marsh, we went to find our own books to bring home. After reading all of them tonight for bedtime, I have to say this week was a good selection of books.
1) Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble – We have recently been on a huge Skippyjon Jones kick. We recently took out the first book in this delightful series. I love reading aloud to my daughter so when this little Siamese kitten decided that he was really a chihuahua, I found the voices for this story to be too much to resist. Poquito Tito is my favorite to be honest.
2) Necks Out for Adventure – The illustrations in this one were the main reason why I picked this book off the shelf. Following the story of Edwin Wigglskin and his thirst for adventure, this tale teaches the importance of not being afraid to be yourself and sticking your neck out there. Though, I don’t know that my daughter will ever eat little neck clams again, let alone go clamming with the family again.
3) And Here’s to You! – A celebration of life and how wonderful the world truly is. A story that definitely ends with a hug and a kiss.
4) Oh No, Gotta Go! – I picked this one because it was bilingual. My sister-in-law is Mexican and all of her family still lives there and when we went last year for the wedding, I realized that maybe I should have taken Spanish instead of 8 years of French. So, every chance I get to expose my daughter to Spanish (we’re going to start with this one), I do. This book was great because it didn’t translate all the words, but rather left them as context clues in the story. The daughter understood all but one word which was good in my opinion!
5) Is Anybody Up? – This was a sweet tale of how even when we feel alone, there are people all over the world who are doing the same thing and are just like us, even if they speak a different language or are in a different place. A sweet story.
So, those are the five Library picks for this week. Have you read any of the above books? What did you think?