A K-4 storytime celebrating curiosity and a willingness to try new things -- with a nod to books and reading, the beauty of this country and the world around us, and the power of possibilities....
The Book of Gold by Bob Staake Isaac Gutenberg isn’t interested in anything, until an old bookseller tells him the legend of a book of gold which contains answers to everything and, when opened, turns into solid gold. Eager for riches, he opens every book he finds – and gradually starts reading what is inside…he’ll need patience and fortitude…and eventually finds them both at the NY Public Library.
On this Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time by Susan E. Goodman (J974.71 GOO) (Non-Fiction – uncommon core!) -- A brilliant tour-de-force tracing NYC from the present back in time 540 million years…lots of mathematical comparisons (e.g.if all the 8 million people in NYC today were laid end to end would reach to California and back, 350 years ago New Amsterdam had 1500 people = about the population of 3 schools today), fascinating historical trivia (e.g. pigs and chickens roamed NYC streets 175 years ago, the Lenape path to winter grounds is now today’s Broadway) and scientific information (the rise and fall of mammoths, ice age glaciers*, dinosaurs, lakes, mountains, and seas). Text is long so I point out highlights.) *mentioned our gorgeous local Buck Garden was carved by a mile high glacier.
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen (J782.42 GUT)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (also DVD)-- The Caldecott-winning evocation of Phillippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the world trade towers.
The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan -- Dodsworth leads a very dull life until a rusty old refrigerator filled with different supplies each day opens his eyes to amazing new possibilities.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank (1929-1945)
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller
"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day." ~ Gloria Steinem
"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one."~ Calamity Jane (1852-1903), American frontierswoman