Each Tuesday, I read stories in my boy H’s Montessori classroom. In classic librarian form, I research and choose books I think they’ll like (and that I like, too!). Here are this week’s choices:
Can Hens Give Milk? by Joan Betty Stuchner
Shlomo the farmer owns 12 hens but no cows. He wakes up one night after dreaming of milk and cheese and wonders: what if hens could give milk? Young daughter Tova hears this and has an idea – if cows eat grass and give milk, what about feeding grass to the hens? Surely they would give milk then…right? This story was perfect for the preschool setting. Silly and obvious, the longer length didn’t lose the interest of the students. In fact, they quite enjoyed the entire story and laughed at the ending, when Shlomo dreamed of a goat laying large eggs. Share with ages 3-8
It’s Duffy Time! by Audrey and Don Wood
Duffy the pug loves playing, dressing up, and eating. It’s naps, though, that make his day go ’round. Short and sweet, Wood’s darling illustrations will keep the attention of even the squirmiest littles. For an added activity, have the students keep count of how many naps Duffy takes during one day. Share with ages 3-6.
Dog and Bear: Two’s Company by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Three short stories capture a glimpse into the lives of best friends Dog and Bear. I love sharing picture books with short “chapters”, and this series is my all-time favorite. Dog and Bear are true friends: they celebrate together, have arguments, and care for one another. It doesn’t get much better than this. Share with ages 2-6.