Family Storytime – Classic Picture Books (Part II) – Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I can’t believe we are nearly to the end of storytime.  After this week, we have just one more week of regular storytimes.  Be sure to visit our webpage for our Holiday program schedule soon!

This week, we are revisiting the Classic Picture Books from earlier this season.

Our books today include:


A little background for our stories:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – by Virginia Lee Burton – is our oldest book this week, published in 1939.  This book highlights changing times in America.  The old-fashioned steam shovels are unable to find work in the big cities, as they have been replaced by newer, faster models.  To try to find work, Mike Mulligan takes his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, to a small town in the country, where they are able to tall their way into building the new town hall.  The characters teach us all a little about hard work and determination, while the illustrations take us back to a much simpler time.

Harry the Dirty Dog – by Gene Zion – was published in 1956.  This is a story that Miss Lisa’s mother read to her often when she was a little girl!  Children will relate easily to Harry’s reluctance to take a bath, but they will also be comforted when they see that Harry is loved even when he is dirty.

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash – by Trinka Hakes Noble – was originally published in 1980, which means Miss Lisa most likely heard this story when she attended storytime at the Allentown Public Library.  This story is just so silly that kids can’t help laughing!  This story is great to highlight sequence and cause and effect, as the story centers around the silly events that unfold on a class field trip to the farm.

Don’t forget to visit our Pintrest page, where there are lots of fun book-related activities to go with all three of our weekly stories!


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