Friday, January 11, 2013

Brrrrr! Wintery read-alouds in the library

The littlest snowflakes at our school are keeping cool in the library with stories that celebrate the season!  A few favorites:

HERE COMES JACK FROST by Kanuno Kohara (good discussion about what makes snow and frost, and recognizing an illustrator's palette);
THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats (learning about the Caldecott medal, collage technique and exploring illustrator composition by playing with Ezra Jack Keat's illustration elements);
THE MITTEN by Jan Brett (working in collaboration with the kindergarten team and their author study of Jan Brett, we did a dramatic reenactment of the story with masks and a very big mitten);
THE TROUBLE WITH TROLLS by Jan Brett ("pourquoi"tales, use of borders in illustration, looking closely at details);
THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY by Steven Kellogg (recognizing double-page spreads, and oh, how silly was the idea of planting a mitten and growing an enormous mitten tree!).

Special thanks to parent volunteers Ms. Bushroe-Stumpf and Ms. Falkner for helping to cut out primary crafts that the children so enjoy.  We welcome parent volunteers, and we are also looking for donations of glue sticks, as we see so many future illustrators and we sure do go through them!

Congratulations also to the first grade for completing their first chapter book read-aloud in library, THE BEARS ON HEMLOCK MOUNTAIN by Alice Dagliesh.  That takes concentration!  Very proud of you, children!!!  Don't be surprised if your first grader comes home chanting "There bears...on...Hem-lock bears, no bears, NO BEARS AT ALL!"  Only, the thing is, there really were bears on Hemlock Mountain.  Who knew?  Oh well, that's what predictions are for. 

I predict this will be another great year in the Stone Library! 

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