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Mucky Mud and More!

Getting down and dirty was the theme for the second week of our “Just Dig It” storytimes.  The children were eager to hear the books read based just on the cover illustrations.

The first book read was the classic “Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion. The dogmain character Harry created a lot of conversation about the children’s own pet dogs and how they get dirty or stay clean.  The kids shared quite a few of their own pet stories!  The story told of a dog who didn’t like to get a bath, so one day he buries the scrubbing brush and runs away, and in the process gets as dirty as he can. Returning home, Harry is unrecognizable to his family.  The one thing that Harry must do is to dig up the scrub brush and jump in the bathtub for his family to know who he is!

“Dirty Gert” by Ted Arnold, had many going OOOOOOO! when the character dirty gertGert decides to eat dirt and ends up liking it!  This rhyming text tells of a young girl’s habit of eating dirt.  One day “when no one  was the wiser”  it becomes more then eating dirt for Gert “it had photosynthesized her”. She grew roots on her feet and leaves in her hair. Soon lawyers, botanists, and movie directors are involved. Things get worst for Gert but that is when her parents step in; knowing to “trim and fertilizer her”.

I think the last book appealed to the boys in the group with its cover of a muddy i'm dirtybackhoe. “I’m Dirty” by Kate and Jim McMullan told the story of a backhoe and what he does in a typical day.  The backhoe counts down from ten all the trash he must move to the dumpster.  But the dirty part for the backhoe is removing a stump and then leveling the dirt.  This was one dirty machine!

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A Dog’s Life Storytime

Tuesday’s Preschool storytime brought Rover and Spot to life in three fun filled books. We started with the classic, “Harry, the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion.  It told the story of Harry the dog who runs away from home for adventure and all the dirt messes he can get into.  Harry buries his  scrub brush just before heading out.  Soon Harry goes from being a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots!  Upon returning home, his family doesn’t recognize him.  Harry knows what he must do: dig up the scrub brush and and make his way to the bathtub!

Flannel boards are fun and educational. With our supplies of colorful felt, we tried creating an interactive flannel board. What we came up with was a flower center with eight numbered petals that cover attached numbers underneath. We sang the counting song 1 little, 2 little, 3 little petals, counting up to to the number 8 ending with 7 little, 8 the little orange petals all around the flower. Each child came up and took a petal off from the flower revealing the same number underneath. We sang the song one more time then asked the children one at a time to match their petal to the right number. It worked well with the small group.

In “What is your Dog Doing” by Marilyn Singer, the author describe our pet dogs good and bad behavior with rhyming text.  She also described dogs personalities through the book. It’s a fast read with pictures that go well with the text.

Emma Dodd”s is one of our favorite author’s and we approached the title “Dog’s ABC a Silly Story about the Alphabet” leaving out the the alphabet part (that part would work better with one on one read). The main character, Dog,  has  adventures  with  other animals throughout the story. When rain approaches, Dog’s human Vicky comes to let him in — ending  all of his ABC adventures.  Dodd illustrates her books with big, colorful, and simple pictures that work well for a read-a-loud.

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