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Season’s Readings!

Let the holidays begin, with some Children’s books celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas!


The holiday symbol to children wanting lots of presents for Christmas is – of course – Santa Claus.  Santa’s scheduled journey around the world is interrupted when his reindeer break free of the reins in, “Oh! What a Christmas! by Michael Garland.  As Santa’s sleigh comes to a abrupt stop against a barn full of animals, he uses his quick thinking to enlist a cow, pig, horse, goat, and more to pull his sleigh. The toys must be delivered tonight, says Santa! With some Santa Claus magic the farm animals fly, and help deliver all the toys that Christmas night. Except for some bumpy landings, the animals did fine.


In “Seven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa Story” by Angela Shelf Medearis , she  tells the story about seven brothers and their father. Using the “seven principles” she celebrates Kwanzaa in the story of a father teaches his arguing sons a lesson. Their father’s request upon his death, is to have the quarreling brothers make gold from seven spools of thread. At once the brothers say how can that come to be.  But soon the sons start to work together and start to make cloth from the spools. They make “gold” buy selling the cloth. In the end they finally stop fighting which was their father’s lesson all along.


Jacob’s brother Nathan has autism in “Nathan Blows out the  Hanukkah Candles”  by Tami Lehman-Wilzig.  Jacob is embarrassed by his older brother’s disorder and is not that understanding of how his brother acts. As Hanukkah approaches and the first candle is lit, with prayers said, Nathan blows out the candle! Jacob is further embarrassed when a new friend observes Nathan’s behavior.  As things turn out, Jacob’s friend and his family, are asked to join the lighting of another Hanukkah candle. This time, Nathan’s parents have prepared a jelly doughnut  menorah for Nathan to blow out!


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Here a Moo, There a Moo…Everywhere a Moo Moo!

Do you need help?  Then COWS TO THE RESCUE is the book for you!  “Cows to the Rescue” by John Himmelman follows a family’s day at the county fair.  The cows took pictures for Mrs. Greenstalk, rode with Emily on the ferris wheel (because she was scared), and gave Ernie the duck a bath in order to with the Handsomest Duck Contest.  It was a an exhausting day for the cows…


For the story “The Cow Loves Cookies” by Karma Wilson, we learned that everyone loves cookies, with the majority saying that chocolate chip was their favorite.  In this rhyming story the farmer goes about feeding all the farm animals but when it comes to feed the cow; she get cookies. We find out that the cow and the farmer made a deal; realizing that they both love milk and cookies.  The cow would share her milk and the farmer would share his cookies.


“A Birthday for Cow” by Jan Thomas is a simple story. Mouse and Pig decide to make a birthday cake for Cow only to have Duck insisting each time that they use a turnip in the process!  Mouse and Pig have to say “NO!” to Duck everytime.  Does Duck know  what Cow really wants for his birthday? Or do Mouse and Pig? It’s a cute ending with a little chuckle.


Our cow craft following storytime kept everyone involved.  There were leg parts, a twine tail, wiggle eyes, ears, mouth and brown spots to complete the cow.  As it happens, the twine tail was used by one preschooler as the string to hold up the craft!

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We’ve Got the Blues

The color blue was the theme for this week’s preschool storytime.  With a lot of high energy, we started with the story“The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  Everyone knew thier colors and with ethusiasm pointed out that elephants are not orange and that lions are not green – along with the other mixed up coloring of animals.


“The Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle, told of a friendly farm truck named Blue.  His many farm animal friends greet him as he travels down the road.  Blue encounters a stuck dump truck.  Blue gets stuck in the mud with the dump truck; and it wasn’t until the help of Blue’s animal friends that they both get out of the mud.

Everyone needs a friend and so does the chameleon in “Blue Chameleon” by Emily Gravett.  Our chameleon tries to befriend a banana, a brown boot, and even a  stripy sock!  One preschooler piped up that the sock would not make a good friend because the sock would be stinky!  Our chameleon finally meets  another chameleon and the two become friends.

Staying with the theme of blue, the craft involved making a blue bird.  The blue birds had orange breasts, wings with feathers and a gimp to give it flight.  Some preschoolers even had their birds doing flips and tricks in the air!

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Duck, Duck, Goose

Eileen Spinelli’s “Silly Tilly” told of the antics of a very silly goose. One day Tilly goes too far with her silliness buy sitting on Rooster’s birthday cake! “That’s enough of all your silly stuff”, the farm animals say to Tilly. But once boredom sets in, Tilly’s animal friends apologize after missing the excitement she created.


“Come Along Daisy” by Jane Simmons, has Daisy duck and her curiosity leading  her  away from Mama Duck. Although, Mama Duck calls to daisy to stay close; Daisy curiosity begins her adventures.  After chasing dragon flies  and befriending a frog, Daisy soon realizes she is no longer with Mama Duck. There are some scarey moments for Daisy, but Mama finds Daisy just in time.


Doreen Cronin’s, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack”, was a funny story in which Farmer Brown, who is going on vacation, leaves his brother Bob in charge of the farm. Farmer Brown tells his brother to watch the Duck because he is a bad influence on the other animals.  It turns out that Duck has been leaving the notes for Bob, saying there should be a pizza night  and bubble baths for the pigs. It is Farmer Brown who catches onto Duck just as all the farm animals were sitting down for a movie.


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Star Light! Star Bright!

What could stop the Moon from smiling?!  In “When the Moon Smiled” by Petr Horacek, the evening Moon is unhappy at what he sees happening on the farm. The night time animals are sleeping, and day time animals are awake.  Moon reverses the situation  by slowly lighting the night sky with stars and soon everything is back to normal.


In, Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner, a young boy’s interest in the night sky sets him off though the solar system. Starting with our sun he travels from planet to planet identifying each as he goes along.  It’s a story celebrating the starry heavens.



The nursery rhyme, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” retold by Jane Taylor follows a curious chipmunk. The small creature questions all the shining things he encounters from dew covered spiderwebs to fire flies buzzing by. With added verses this dream like story takes off.




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Nighty Night

Pajamas not required!

Our second installment of MPL’s Big Dreamers Summer Story time had the theme of the “Night”.  A quiet pastoral setting has  a young boy heading off to bed, in “The Noisy Way to Bed” by Ian Whybrow.  On the boy’s  way to bed he encounters different farm animals each interrupting the him as he tries to rhyme his sentences about going to BED. The animals and the boy eventually settle down to sleep with the boy finally  getting to complete his rhyming story.


“Dark Night”, by Dorothee de Monfreid, told the tale of a boy lost in the forest.   Scared by the woodland creatures and all alone, the boy finds help from a rabbit with a black cape and suitcase.  With the rabbit’s ingenious idea and directions the boy manages to scare the creatures and get safely home.



Ever wonder where you might find a sleeping bear? In “A Place to Sleep” by Holly Meade,”she writes lyrically about creatures going to sleep including a young boy and girl. From fish sleeping with their eyes open in the shallows, to the elephant standing up to nap; this gentle story ends with the children safely in  their beds and sweetly dreaming.

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