Friday, June 3, 2016

Pea Storytime

Pea Storytime

Three Little Peas by Marine Rivoal,  2014, Enchanted Lion Books

I don't usually (ever?) post about storytime, but I do a LOT of them.  Yesterday, however, I had so much fun that I thought I'd share.

  • The color of the day was green.
  • The letter of the day was P, which led to the fun question of the day - "What letter does "pea" start with? (Sometimes I crack myself up.)
  • My welcome sign read, "Welcome to storytime. I'm hap-pea to see you!"

These are the books and activities I shared:

Three Little Peas is a beautiful book that adds an opportunity to discuss (at a very basic level) flora and fauna and the growing process.The illustrations are gentle and lovely and invite discovery - what else is underground with those two little peas?  We followed this up with the song (complete with motions), "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow."  If you don't like to sing, Raffi can do it for you.
Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal, 2015, Chronicle Books

Amy Krause Rosenthal's books are so much fun. Rather than read Little Pea, I showed the TumbleBooks version instead. It was a great way to show off one of the library's online resources. Parents and kids enjoyed it.  We followed it up with the fingerplay, "Five Fat Peas."

Pease Porridge Hot illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye, 2011, Child's World

There are many book versions of "Pease Porridge Hot."  This one, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye is small for reading to a large group, but it worked fine because the illustrations are simple. We had a good laugh over whether or not one would eat soup that's "nine days old!"  We followed it up with a simplified version of the classic clapping rhyme.  If you don't know the clapping sequence, it's included in the book.

I had planned to bring in fresh peas to share with the kids, too, but I left my bag of snow peas at home.  Good thing - there were more kids than I had peas.

Shortly after I had finished storytime, a patron came to the desk and wanted a book, but couldn't remember the name of it.  He described the story and I knew it.  It was another wonderful pea book: The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole, Holiday House, 2005.  Funny how that happens.

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