Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course


Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course (Ages 3-7) & (Ages 6-10)

Members of the Bridgewater Police Dept will talk about staying safe, then children  will do bicycle-safety themed crafts and practice what they’ve learned in our outdoor course -- kids are welcome to bring along a bike, trike, or scooter. (Families with children of different ages are welcome to come all together to one program.)

Read: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

Flannel: Mrs. Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake



Discuss: Safety errors Mrs. Armitage makes (no helmet, lots of things unbalancing bicycle, hard to see where she is going…)

Introduce: Officers from the Bridgewater Police Department  -- 5 minute safety talk

Explain – color-coded nametags – 1st color (groups of 12) will go outside to ride around the mini-city set up by our Public Works Dept., others will do crafts & activities inside until their group is called.  They may return after being outside to continue their crafts.

Craft & Activity Stations:

(Music playing while crafting: Fred Penner’s album Happy Feet.)








To take finger prints, simply scribble a spot on your paper with a pencil making sure to color it in well. Then roll your finger in the graphite mark until it is well covered. Carefully place a piece of scotch tape over your finger then peel off slowly. Place the scotch tape onto your finger print grid to preserve. (Grid included in download) Finally compare the finger prints and discuss how they are each unique! clip_image008clip_image010



clip_image012If your child does not already recognize the numbers “9” and “1”, point them out on the paper telephone.  If your phone requires you to press “talk” or “on” make sure you include that step as well.

Next, disable the connection on your phone and allow him/her to practice on the actual telephone.  Pretend like you’re the 9-1-1 dispatcher and ask the sort of questions you might hear, “What’s your emergency?”.  Have fun with it, but at the same time convey the importance that it is NOT A GAME.  This would also be a great time for your child to start learning your address and phone number.  http://shared.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/themes/PoliceUnit.pdf

Plus an assortment of coloring an activity sheets from:  Bicycle Safety Activity Kit - NHTSA

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Pre-School Storytime–Sea and Seashore


Intro music:  “Yellow Submarine”

Book: The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Curley (children are invited to imagine the places they might go in this beautiful book)

Sign Language Song: “Go to the Beach” (track 18 of Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs)

Book: Wave by Suzy Lee (wordless – a girl gradually gets more daring during her day at the beach)

Song: “She Waded in the Water and she got her feet all wet.”

Flotsom by David Wiesner  (Wordless -- A  boy studying sea creatures on the beach gets the surprise of his life when a wave brings him an underwater camera)

Book:   I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs and/or My Camera at the Aquarium by Janet Perry Marshall (Quick guessing game books)   Booktalk: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (Mr. Seahorse becomes a daddy in Carle’s beautiful tale of a species that takes paternity very seriously.)

Non-Fiction Book: Elephants Swim by Linda Capus Riley, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Jenkins signature collage illustrations introduce the many animals who enjoy a good dip… can be sung)  Booktalk: Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert (Fish from Found Objects)

Flannel Song: “There’s a Hole in the Middle of the Sea.” or Song with Puppets: “Daddy’s Taking us to the Sea Tomorrow…”

Singable Book: Baby Beluga by Raffi – book illustrated by Ashley Wolff

DVD: Reading Rainbow: Humphrey the Lost Whale.

No time for: Singable Book (& puppets): Puff the Magic Dragon – concluded with the hopeful verse suggested by the illustration but not included in the text – lyrics here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2016/06/school-age-storytime-sea-seashore.html

Song with Puppets: “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands”…whales in the sea etc.

Hand stamping to: “Sing a Whale Song” from Tom Chapin’s album “Moonboat”

Display (no time to use):

(No time for  – too long if group is young) Singable Book: Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes (gorgeous illustrations accompany this aquatic variation of Over in the Meadow). 

(No time for) Book: Whales Passing by Eve Bunting (A boy and his father watch the whale pod go by their beach and wonder what the whales think of them.) or I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick (A kid wins a pet at an arcade…and it turns out to be a whale!)

Beach Day! by Patricia Lakin  (4 alligators prepare for a day at the beach…but everything takes longer than expected)
To the Beach by Thomas Docherty (A kid’s trip to the beach utilizes a crazy cataphony of transportation options…)
Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose (alphabet of sea creatures illus. by Steve Jenkins)
Magic Beach by Alison Lester (rhyming tale of a fantastic day at the beach)
Swap! by Steve Light (A peg-legged pint sized pirate trades a button for a teacup starting a chain of events..)
Rub-a-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman (A boy’ in his submarine dives deep into the ocean for a view of many creatures before it comes back up in the bathtub!)
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (A giant squid brags about his size until he is swallwed by a whale.)
Up & Down by Britta Teckentrup (Little Penguin searches for his friend and encounters other ocean creatures in this lift-the-flap book emphasizing directional words.)

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School Age Storytime: Sea & Seashore


The last K-3rd Grade Storytime of the school year…celebrating the wonders of the ocean, introducing a famous oceangrapher and encouraging students to explore their own passions this summer – including creating books, art, and films about the things they enjoy. (Long program so didn’t use everything with every class)

Read: Flotsam by David Wiesner (Wordless -- A  boy studying sea creatures on the beach gets the surprise of his life when a wave brings him an underwater camera – mentioned that they might want to write a sequel this summer about the cloud the boy dreams of bringing home next.)

Booktalk (& show a couple of pictures from): The Girl on the High-Diving Horse: An Adventure in Atlantic City by Linda Oatman High (In the 1930s, horses & girl riders used to dive from a four-story-high platform.)

Flannel/Song: “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”

My Life with the Wave by Catherine Cowan (based on a story by Octavio Paz, this is the tale of a boy who brings home a wave to live in his house.)

Booktalk (& show a couple of pictures from): Sector 7 by David Wiesner (Wordless: A boy on a class trip to the Empire State Building befriends a cloud and is taken on a tour of the cloud factory where his drawing skills cause mischief!  BTW, David Wiesner is from Bridgewater so look for that destination tag at the factory.) 

Action song: “We Waded in the Water and we got our toes all wet…”

“Here is someone who did more than wade…he created special equipment so he could study creatures underwater…and his movies and television shows showed them to the world…”

Read (Non-Fiction): The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (younger classes) Manfish by Jennifer Berne (older) – mentioned that they might want to make their own movies this summer – easy to do on cell phone or with tablet cameras.

Booktalk (& show a couple of pictures from): Life in the Ocean: The Story of Sylvia Earle by Claire Nivola.

Sing: (Kindergarten only): Baby Beluga by Raffi – book illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Booktalk (& show a couple of pictures from): Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang (Reminded kids of the book Living Sunlight about the sun and plant photosynthesis, then said they could look for this gorgeous book on the ocean food chain.)

Read (younger classes):  I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs (Quick guessing game book)

Read (younger classes) : Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose – collage illustrations by Steve Jenkins (suggested they might want to do their own cut or torn paper collages this summer.)  or Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert (collage illustrations with found materials)

Read (older classes): The Old Woman and the Wave by Shelley Jackson (An old woman who has lived under a wave all her life finally lets it take her away on an adventure – pointed out the painted & collage illustrations)

Sing (with book & puppets): Puff the Magic Dragon – concluded with the hopeful verse suggested by the illustration but not included in the text:

Puff the Magic Dragon – (book illustrated by Eric Puybaret, last verses with puppets-- this happier ending is  from Peter, Paul, and Mary’s album “Peter Paul & Mommy.)


Puff, the magic dragon,

Lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist

In a land called Honalee

Puff, the magic dragon,

Lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist

In a land called Honalee

Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff

And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff

Oh, Puff, the magic dragon,

Lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist

In a land called Honalee

Together they would travel

On a boat with billowed sail

Jackie kept a lookout

Perched on Puff's gigantic tail

Noble kings and princes

Would bow whene'er they came

Pirate ships would lower their flags

When Puff roared out his name.  Chorus


clip_image002[4]A dragon lives forever,

But not so little boys

Painted wings & giants rings

Make way for other toys

One grey day it happened,

Jackie Paper came no more

And Puff, that mighty dragon,

He ceased his fearless roar. Chorus


His head was bent in sorrow,

Green scales fell like rain

Puff no longer went to play

Along the cherry lane

Without his lifelong friend,

Puff could not be brave

So Puff that mighty dragon

Sadly slipped into his cave. Chorus


Jackie, he got married and they had a little babe,

Jackie’s daughter Sophie went adventuring one day.

Happily she wandered down the busy beach alone,

And passing by a hidden cave,

She heard a muffled groan.  Chorus


Bravely Sophie slipped in,

To the place where Puff did dwell,

The startled dragon spun around,

And frightened her as well.

Then she saw his lonely eyes

And quickly lost her fears,

Kissed the dragon’s scaly nose

And wiped away his tears.

Final chorus:

Puff the magic dragon LIVES by the sea

And frolics in the autumn mist in a land

Called --  Han--na--lee!



Book: The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Curley (children are invited to imagine the places they might go in this beautiful book)

No time to use:

One Less Fish by Kim Michelle (an environmental counting book)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pre-School Storytime: Hats


Hold On to Your Hat!

Stories and songs on the uses of hats, parts of the body, plus interactive storytelling of the classic story “Caps for Sale” and the concept of “echo.”

Hats, Hats, Hats – Ann Morris (pictures of people in hats from all over the world)

Rhyme: Hats (source unknown – suit actions to words)
A cowboy wears a cowboy hat (Hands encircle head)
As he gallops on his horse.(Gallop)
Firefighters hats keep them safe (Hands encircle head)
As fires run their course.(Spraying motion with hose)
A clown wears a point hat (Hands form point on head)
And a smile upon his face (Draw smile on face)
And astronauts wear helmets, (Encircle face with hands)
When blasting into space. (Palms together, shoot hands up to sky.)

Interactive Book: Whose Hat – Margaret Miller (younger), Whose Hat is This? – Sharon Katz Cooper (older – nice, non-gender stereotyped)

Book: This is the Hat: A Story in Rhyme – Nancy Van Laan or Who Took the Farmer’s Hat – Joan Nodset (both tales of hats that get away – Van Laan’s has great cut paper collage illustrations perfect for a follow-up art project. Nodset’s is an old but supremely satisfying story of a farmer’s hat that is re-purposed by a resourceful bird…)

Rhyme: Hat Woes (source unknown – suit actions to words)
I put a hat upon my head,
But it covered my face.
I put another hat on,
But it wouldn’t stay in place.
The next hat was red,
It popped off my head.
The last hat was straw,
The wind blew it far.
So the next time you try
To cover your head,
Remember what happened to me
It’s not so easy to wear a hat,
For hats just want to be free!

Who’s Under that Hat? – David Carter (Q&A, listening skills – Carter book has a rhyme to clue the hidden animal – talked to parents about encouraging listening skills)

Action: The Magic Hat (source unknown, tune: The Farmer in the Dell – use whenever needed for getting out the wiggles…) 

Put on your magic hat. (Pretend to put on hat.)
Put on your magic hat. (Pretend to put on hat.)
Oh, you can do most anything (Spread hands wide.)In your magic hat!
You can hop and hop and hop…etc.
You can make a face…etc.
Children’s suggestions…Close with: You can sit right down…etc.
“Sometimes it is hard to keep the hat on your head:”

Interactive Story: Caps for Sale
– Esphyr Slobodkina (acting out classic story – read from the book -- start out with construction paper caps on librarian’s head, had kids take them when I “sleep” then they became the “monkeys”)

Song: The Funny Hat  (source unknown, tune: “This Old Man”, fun to use a funny hat – Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat is quite good for this.. )

On my head I wear a hat.
It is such a funny hat
That my head will wiggle, wiggle to and fro.
Where else can my funny hat go?
On my foot I wear a hat…etc. Children’s suggestions…
lose with the following:

On my hands I wear a hat
It is such a quiet hat.
That my hands won’t wiggle, they just go clap
Then I put them in my lap.

If time: Book: This is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen (Caldecott-winning tale of a small fish who’s a big thief…)
(display: I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen)

Video/DVD: Happy Birthday Moon (Weston Woods – introduce concept of “echo” -- Bear thinks Moon is talking to him)  Alt: Reading Rainbow: Florence and Eric take the Cake

Song: Be My Echo (echo and response song – reinforces idea of echo from the above story.)

Sing what I sing, sing after me
Be my echo if you can be
Sing tra la la (tra la la)
Mi mi mi (mi mi mi)
Ha ha ha (ha ha ha)
Hee hee hee (hee hee hee)
Pick a peck of peppers (pick a peck of peppers)
Fiddle diddle dee (fiddle diddle dee)
Be my echo (be my echo)
Sing what I sing (sing what you sing)
Follow the leader and sing after me (sing after me)

Sing what I sing, sing after me
Be my echo if you can be
Sing dee dee dee (dee dee dee)
Dough do do (do do do)
Hi hi hi (hi hi hi)
Lo lo lo (lo lo lo)
Pick a peck of peppers (pick a peck of peppers)
Fiddle diddle dee (show off!)
Be my echo (be my echo)
Sing what I sing (sing what you sing)
Follow the leader and sing after me (sing after me)
Sing...after...me...(sing...after.. MEEEEEEE!)


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Option: could omit some stories from above and open with a windy story:

Book: One Windy Wednesday –Phyllis Root or One Monday – Amy Huntington
Song: The Wind (from Totline 1987 Robert Mohr – tune: The Muffin Man)
The wind is full of tricks today,
It almost blew me far away
It almost knocked me off my feet
As I came walking down the street!
The next time that I go outside,
The wind won’t take me for a ride.
I know just what I will do,
I’ll put some glue on the bottom of my shoe!

Optional Crafts:

  • "Who Do You Want to Be" Hat -- crown, astronaut helmet, baseball star, hard hat, firefighter, police officer, fancy top hat..
  • Torn paper collages inspired by Van Laan’s This is the Hat (above)

Happy Birthday Madame Chateau -- Andrea Beaty

Friday, May 13, 2016

School Age Storytime–Imagine the Possibilities!

A storytime for K-4th grade celebrating creativity and imagination, with suggestions for art projects, art-inspired story-starters and a brief introduction (with further suggestions) for the artists Rene Magritte and Rob Gonsalves.

Book: That’s Good, That’s Bad by Marjorie Cuyler (used with some classes as kids were arriving – kids loved to chorus “No that’s bad/good!”)

Book: 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.)

Dinner at Magritte's

Book: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson or  Dinner at Magritte’s by Michael Garland (great lead in to the art of Rene Magritte – can share pages from Now You See It—Now You Don’t: Rene Magritte (J759.9493 WEN and/or Google: “Rene Magritte paintings.)

Book: Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

Book: Changes by Anthony Browne (a boy's imagination runs wild as he waits for his parents to return)

Read selections from: Imagine a Place by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah Thomson (also showed Imagine a Day and Imagine a Night).  Sarah Thomson used Gonsalves’ paintings as “story starters” for her short pieces – your kids can too: www.boredpanda.com/magic-realism-paintings-rob-gonsalves (Google image search “Rob Gonsalves” if you want more.)  David Wiesner’s book Free Fall  is a wordless book that uses similar magic realism.

Nonsense/surreal poem: One fine day in the middle of the night / Two dead boys got up to fight / Back to back they faced each other / Drew their swords and shot each other / A deaf policeman heard the noise / Came up and shot those two dead boys / If you don’t believe this tale is true / Ask the blind man, he saw it too!

Book: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat (Caldecott winning author illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend) (A boy in the backseat of a car takes the road trip of a lifetime in this book that encourages kids to savor the moment!)  Kids can see similar page turn-around magic in D.B. Johnson’s Palazzo Inverso inspired by the amazing lithographs of M.C. Escher. (Lots of images if you Google: “Escher”)

Book: If… by Sarah Perry (imagine if cats could fly, leaves were fish, mice were hair, caterpillars were toothpaste, toes were teeth, or frogs ate rainbows…)   Similar titles: Guessing Game Book: What is This? by Antje Damm (have kids imagine possibilities) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert  (leaf pictures), Here a Face, There a Face by Arlene Alda (quick book showing photographs of  "found faces" in nature and in man-made objects), Rain Fish by Lois Elhert (wonderful “fish” created from found objects.)

Book: Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (mistakes can be inspiration!)

Close: What a Wonderful World singable book by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Encouraged kids to explore possibilities of their own …this afternoon, weekend, month, year and throughout their lives!
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6.16 Bedminster – continued theme with “Dream On”:

Appelemando’s Dreams by Patricia Polacco (Because he spends his time dreaming, the villagers are convinced that Appelemando will never amount to much but in time his dreams change the village and all the people in it.) Booktalked: Frederick by Leo Lionni.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont (Fun chanting book about an irrepressible and incorrigible artist!)

H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball & Imagination by Christopher Myers (Two kids create an out-of-this-world game…)  Mentioned this year’s summer reading theme – On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! – encouraged them to sign up at Clarence Dillon Library (& come see me at Bridgewater Library)

The Bear Report by Thyra Heder (related to their animal reports this year – a child’s boring school report on a polar bear gets significantly more interesting when the subject shows up in her living room!)

Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold (Asked whether previous title was fiction or non-fiction, then asked about this one – showed true book: 599.67 ARN)…fabulous facts and photos of these amazing creatures – who knew they had 150,000 muscles in their trunks (humans have 639 in their whole bodies!) or that baby elephants suck their trunks like human infants suck their thumbs…or that an elephant can swim the distance between Bedminster and Newark airport without resting! – Cool stuff all!)

Puppets/Song – Deep in the Jungle (left over from Rainforest story time last week – promised the kids we’d do this – lyrics here: http://www.hellojoe.com/lyrics-ditj.html)

Perfect Square by Michael Hall (A perfectly happy square with four matching corners & four equal sides discovers the possibilities of change and realizes stasis isn’t as alluring as he first thought! (also nice reinforcement of the days of the week))

Encouraged kids to follow their own dreams this weekend & all summer long!
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Display? Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybele Young (objects morph then change entirely)

5.14 Bedm used:Andrew Draws -- David McPhail
Margritte's Marvelous Hat -- D.B. Johnson
The Day the Crayons Quit -- Drew Daywalt
If - Sarah Perry
Little Green -- Keith Baker
Palazzo Inverso -- D.B. Johnson
Froodle -- Antoinette Portis
Call Me Gorgeous -- Giles and Alexandra Milton

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Preschool Storytime–Everything Grows


Gardens & Growing: A seasonal storytime for ages 2-6 celebrating gardens and growing (plants and people)  Includes identifying some of the flowers and creatures who live in the garden habitat, colors, numbers, a touch of fantasy, and the value of patience in letting plants and people grow at their own pace.

Opening Music: “Family Garden” track #2 from Family Garden by John McCutcheon and or “The Garden Song” sung by Maria Muldour track #2 on Pickin’ & Grinnin’ (and on various other albums.)

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting – A young girl in the city makes a windowbox garden for her mother.

Flannel: Spring Flowers (text below) – counting and colors

Action: Rainstorm – instructions here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes – A young girl’s fantasies about what she would plant in her garden include seashells and jelly beans.

Flannel: Fran’s Flower, based on the book by Lisa Bruce (text below) – Fran tries to get her flower to grow by feeding it pizza and strawberry ice cream! 

Action song: “This is the way we dig the ground…to plant our flower garden” (tune: Mulberry Bush).  Plant our seeds..rain will fall…plants will grow…flowers will bloom…sun will shine…on our flower garden.)

Interactive book: Who is in the Garden? by Vera Rosenberg – helped children look closely to find the creatures who make their home in the garden

Singable book: Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward. – we found and counted the creatures on each page and acted out their movements – including somersaults with the roly-poly bugs!

Flannel: Titch, based on the book by Pat Hutchins – Titch is smaller than his siblings and can’t do everything they do, but his seed grows big!

(If time) Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson – beautifully-illustrated parable on selfishness vs.sharing.

DVD: “Leo the Late Bloomer” on Weston Woods Stories About Growing Up (PPR-wkrm) – Leo is slow to learn to talk, read, write or do other things but, in time, he “blooms”!

Hand-stamping to Raffi’s “Everything Grows” track #9 on his album Everything Grows

Optional craft: 5 stamp set of the stages of a seed to plant (stamps/stamp pad/paper/crayons)

Additional book possibilities:
Sidewalk Flowers by John Arno Larson – beautiful wordless story about taking time to pick the flowers but a bit small for group sharing
So Happy by Kevin Henkes – a boy, a rabbit, a magic seed, and a book make a great gift
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert – beautifully illustrates the steps of growing a flower garden, similar to her Growing Vegetable Soup.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss – the classic story of growing and patience

Flannel texts:

SPRING FLOWERS (Source unknown) (5 flowers, cloud, lightning)
Place flowers on the board
5 spring flowers, all in a row. [Hold up 5 fingers]
The first one says [hold up 1 finger] “we need rain to grow” [Use fingers to show rain]
The second one says [hold up 2 fingers] “oh yes, we need water” [Nod head yes]
The third one says [hold up 3 fingers] “it’s getting hotter!” [Fan face with hand]
The fourth one says [hold up 4 fingers] “I see clouds in the sky!” [Point up]
The fifth one says [hold up 5 fingers] “I wonder why!” [Shrug shoulders and hold up hands questioningly]
Then…BOOM! went the thunder [add cloud to board] and
CRASH! went the lightning [add lightning bolt]
That springtime storm was very frightening [Hug self as if scared]
But the flowers weren’t worried, oh no, no, no! [Shake head]
Because the rain helped them to grow, grow, grow! [Raise arms as if growing]!
Count the flowers as they are placed on the board, and talk about the colors. For the two-colored flowers, ask about the color on the outside, and the color on the inside.

Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (flannel pieces in bold below)

One day Fran found a flowerpot filled with soil. Poking out of the top was a tiny green tip. “I will grow this flower,” Fran said to Fred (dog).
She took it home. “Grow Flower,” she said. But the tip stayed tiny.
“I think this flower is hungry,” Fran said.
So Fran went to the fridge. Inside found her favorite food.
She gave the flower a slice of pizza.
The next day Fran gave it a piece of cheeseburger.
Then she gave it spaghetti, two chocolate chip cookies and a large spoonful of strawberry ice cream.
She even gave it one of Fred’s juicy bones.
But the flower didn’t grow. The tip stayed tiny. Fran got fed up.
“Silly flower!” Fran said, and she threw it out the back door.
The flowerpot fell onto the ground and rolled away. The rain fell on it.
The wind blew on it.
The sun shone on it.
Finally, the tiny green tip grew… and grew… and grew.
Until one day Fran and Fred went outside to play.
When they opened the door, a surprise was waiting…
A big beautiful flower—just for Fran.

Titch by Pat Hutchins

Titch was little.
His sister Mary was a bit bigger.
And his brother Pete was a lot bigger.
Pete had a great big bike.
Mary had a big bike.
And Titch had a little tricycle. (remove bicycles & tricycle)
Pete had a kite that flew high above the trees.
Mary had a kite that flew high above the houses.
And Titch had a pinwheel that he held in his hand. (remove kites and pinwheel)
Pete had a big drum.
Mary had a trumpet.
And Titch had a little wooden whistle. (remove instruments)
Pete had a big saw.
Mary had a hammer.
And Titch held the nails. (remove tools)
Pete had a big spade.
Mary had a fat flowerpot.
But Titch had the tiny seed.
And Titch’s seed grew and grew and grew! (place larger plant with each word “grew”)

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