Wednesday, August 18, 2010

STORYTIME: Friendship

Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley - A sweet story about a little bear who tries to find a four leaf clover and ultimately meets a little mouse who helps.

Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby- Cute simple black line drawings with bold color blocks. A sweet story about a rabbit who makes a new friend. Good for the youngest readers.

Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming! by Jez Alborough - A little mouse warns that his big brother is coming to visit in the jungle. In the end his big brother only turns out to be a slighly larger mouse and all the animals worry was for nothing.

Penguin by Polly Dunbar - A little boy gets a penguin as a gift but it won't talk to him despite the crazy attempts he makes at getting the bird to talk.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood - A little mouse tries to hide his strawberry from a bear.

Together by Jane Simmons - A cute story about two dogs who do everything together but are sad when they find out there are some things they cannot do together.

You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown- Follow up to his adorable first picture book with the little brown bear character. This book has excellent comic timing that I fear may be wasted on some young children, but hopefully their parents cna get some of the humor.

A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom - Polar bear seems to want to just be left alone but persistent duck just can't stay away. A touching simple beautifully written quick read.

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne - A gorilla at the zoo needs a little friend so the zookeepers give him a kitten. In the book the gorilla does some sign language. This is an excellent chance to teach some basic signs to the audience.

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers - A little bit longer story so use it as your opener. The text and story is simple enough for toddlers as well as pre-schoolers to enjoy. Little penguin wants to learn to fly but his wings really weren't built for it. He figures out a way to fulfill his dreams of flight but at he expense of losing his best friend, a little boy. Will he be able to reconnect with his friend, and will his first flight be a disaster? A cute story all around.