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:
Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup
Clumsy Duck is, well, clumsy. He trips and slips all over the place. His friend Chick finds the source of the problem and helps Clumsy Duck find the best use for his overly large feet. A simple story that helps children understand that problems can be solved (and that large feet can be very useful). Share with ages 3-5.
Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind by Cynthia Rylant
Henry and Mudge are back in this stormy adventure. When the wild wind blows, signaling an impending storm, Henry and Mudge hurry home. They don’t like storms. Henry whistles, while Mudge paces, hides, and buries himself. What are two friends to do during a long thunderstorm? A perfect story to read to children who are anxious about thunder / lightning – or who have pets that overreact during storms. Rylant is the queen of the beginner reader. Share with ages 3-7.
Mr. King’s Castle by Geneviève Côté
Mr. King is back, and this time he’s building a big, BIG castle. He carves up the hill outside his house to get the materials, much to the dismay of his friends. When Mr. King sees them outside his now view-less window, he feels very, very small. Teamwork solves the problem, and the friends celebrate in the end. A big hit with the preschool crowd, this one had them sitting quietly, hanging on to every word. Share with ages 3-6.