From the publisher: An illustrated counting book in which one famished fox finds five snug eggs but must face three plump hens to get them.
Illustrated counting books are (if you’ll pardon the cliche) a dime a dozen. Like all picture books, they need to have engaging art and preferably a story beyond “let’s count these objects on the page,” but since counting books in particular are so common it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. And boy, does Kate Read deliver. The subtitle “A Counting Book Thriller” says it all: a fox slowly creeps up on some unsuspecting hens with the intent to steal their delicious eggs. I read it at a preschool storytime as well as at a preschool outreach and it went over great with that age group.
The artwork is absolutely gorgeous, particularly the titular fox who has a wonderfully expressive face. Just look at that cover! It also squeezes in some new vocabulary, like “sly” or “famished.” This is Read’s debut and I’m excited to see what she has in store for the future if she does this well right out of the gate. With great artwork, counting practice that doesn’t sacrifice plot, and mischievous humor, this one is a win for sure.
Check it out on the catalog here!
During this week’s STEAM-a-Rama, we will make 3D glasses and artwork! No registration required. This program is intended for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and their adult.
Today’s theme was a tasty one! All of our books and songs were about food.
OPENING SONG: If You’re Ready for a Story
BOOK: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Perfect for this theme and this age group.
SONG: I’M A KNIFE, FORK, SPOON, SPATULA
I LOVE this song! The motions are simple but fun to do, so they work well for a variety of ages. I like to start off this song nice and slow so everyone gets the hang of it and then speed it up as we repeat it, going really fast for the last time. Doing the cha-cha-chas at top speed is pretty funny.
The minimal amount of text and large illustrations make this a good read-aloud choice for toddlers.
SONG: PATTY CAKE
An oldie but a goodie!
WHAT I DIDN’T USE: HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD?
Instead of a craft, I tossed some leftover cereal into bins and let the kids crunch and smash it with toy hammers. And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag.
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Join us for this super fun Dr. Seuss family event!
We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18.