Family Storytime – Classic Picture Books Part 1 – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We have a special storytime this week, featuring some classic picture books from the past 100 years!  This was a hard program to plan, because there was just so much good material available to us.  I finally settled on some gentle, classic stories for us to share:

   

A little bit of history…

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper was published in 1930, making this book over 80 years old!  This is the classic “I think I can” train story which children have enjoyed for decades.  The illustrations are bright and colorful, and seem almost like a fairy tale.

Blueberries for Sal by Robery McCloskey was published in 1948.  This charming story follows a mother and her baby & a mother bear and her cub as they pick blueberries.  The illustrations are charming – parents and grandparents may especially appreciate the nostalgic kitchen pictured in the book.

Corduroy by Don Freeman, published in 1968, is one of Miss Lisa’s favorite books!  Why?  Perhaps it’s because of the adorable teddy bear Corduroy.  Perhaps it’s because of the whimsical thought of toys coming to life at night.  Most likely, it’s because Corduroy finally finds a home with a little girl named Lisa. 🙂

Need some ideas for other classic picture books to share with your family? 

To celebrate our little engine making it over the mountain, we are singing:

The Train Went Over the Mountain

The train went over the mountain.
The train went over the mountain.
The train went over the mountain,
to help the little toys.

To help the little toys!
To help the little toys!
The train went over the mountain.
The train went over the mountain.
The train went over the mountain,
To help the little toys.

Our other two stories are about bears:

Five Little Bears

One little bear wondering what to do
Along came another and then there were two.

Two little bears climbing up a tree
Along came another and then there were three.

Three little bears ate an apple core.
Along came another and then there were four.

Four little honey bears found honey in the hive.
Along came another and then there were five.

Our action rhyme this week:

Bend and Stretch

Bend and stretch, reach for the stars.
There goes Jupiter; Here comes Mars.
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky.
Stand on tippey-toe oh so high!

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