Happy Mardi Gras!
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:
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are on the hunt for the perfect new home where they can raise a family. Finding a lovely location at the Public Garden, there is just one problem as Mrs. Mallard takes her little ducklings on their first walk: cars and bikes and wheels everywhere! Enter Michael, the policeman, who – along with his department – stops traffic to make way for the duck family to safely cross streets. I always assume children have heard classics like this at home, and I’m usually wrong: no one had heard this story, and they all sat in rapt attention throughout the longer text. Share with ages 3-7.
Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horáček
Suzy Goose’s flock is noisy, so she heads to the woods, looking for quiet. Flip, Flop, Flip, Flop, she walks along, unknowingly followed by some hungry – and quiet – predators. Suzy, though, unknowingly flip-flops deeper into the dangerous woods. Full of brilliant suspense – will she get eaten? Does she ever see the animals following her? – this is a brilliant read-aloud that has a peaceful ending. (A great open-ended question: what happens to the Fox, Wolf, and Bear? Tell the story from their point-of-view.) Share with ages 3-7.
The Hueys in the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers
The Hueys are all the same. They look the same and act the same, until one Huey knits himself a sweater to stand out. The others think he’s odd, strange even…until a friend chooses to dress in the exact same sweater. With a gentle approach to being unique in the face of bland oneness, this short picture book’s message hits right on the mark. The endpapers, featuring Same Hueys at the beginning and Unique Hueys at the end, deserve to be noticed. Share with ages 3-6.