Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Storytime Book Alert

by Scott Fischer
Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781416978848

Repetitive phrases? Check!
Active movements? Check!
Humorous illustrations? Check!
Rhyming text? Check! (Disclaimer: This can also work against a book unless it's well done.)

This week I read Jump! by Scott Fischer in Preschool Storytime and Family Storytime to a great response. Short rhymes involving one creature sleeping until a larger predator comes by... at which point it’s necessary to JUMP! Witness the lively scene below:

As I tend to be a fan of controlled chaos I found it most successful to have all the children stand up at the same time and take one big jump together, after which I would say, "Phew, we got away!" Otherwise, once little ones start jumping it can take some time for everyone to finish (hey, jumping IS fun!) and regroup to sit back down.

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