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 titles:
It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Five carpenter ants hear a booming noise outside of their tree trunk. One red-capped ant thinks it must be an aardvark, since they like to eat ants. One curious ant drills a hole to see what it is – “Wrrrrrrrrrrr” – and the ants see ORANGE! This means aardvark is extra-hungry, explains the red-capped ant. Unconvinced, the ants drill more holes: red, blue, green, and yellow dots all appear. Can it be an aardvark…or something else (hint: purple is the next color). Don’t skip the first pages of this book – they set up the story. With delightful “drilled” holes, this bright and creative book is great to share one-on-one. Perfect for studies of color, rainbows, and weather. Share with ages 4-8.
Churchill’s Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu
Churchill the pig loves his tail, so when it goes missing he is distraught. After unsuccessfully searching for it with his friends, he decides to get a new one: zebra, peacock, fish and others are happy to share their unique tails. Soon, Churchill is all-consumed with his tails, leaving no time for his friends. A simple story of friendship with many reader’s theatre options. Share with ages 3-6.
When Chang – a young boy with a short name – accidentally falls into a well, he is able to be rescued quickly. But when Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari Ruchi-pip peri pembo falls into the well, his great long name delays his rescue. A classic Chinese folktale that humorously explains why names in China are short, this is always a crowd-pleaser. Involving children in the rhythmic chant of Tikki tikki tembo’s name is good fun, too! Share with ages 3+.