Happy Tuesday! Here are the caring stories shared today in the Maple classroom:
Sparky! by Jenny Offill
A young girl wants a pet – any pet. Undeterred by her mother’s promise of a pet that doesn’t need food, walks, or shelter, she consults her school librarian (who knows everything) and discovers the sloth. When Sparky arrives in the mail, the girl is smitten. With clever games and unique tricks, the girl showcases the unique quirks that make Sparky a perfectly ordinary sloth. Engaging for one on one or whole group sharing, Sparky showcases clever thinking and problem-solving. Share with ages 3+. New in 2014!
When a fawn is found abandoned by her mother, she is taken to Kate, a Great Dane. Kate’s never been a mother, but Pippen – as the fawn is named – becomes her pup. Pippen learns to nurse from a bottle, follows Kate into the great outdoors, and explores the woods near her adopted home. While stories of animals adopting others aren’t rare (Owen & Mzee, Little Pink Pup), this tale gently addresses the dangers that lurk in the world as well as the natural inclinations of animals. Share with ages 3+.
A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier
Leo the postman loves his job. He wishes, though, that one day HE’D be the one receiving a letter. Opening a mailbox on his route, he discovers a little blue bird. “Cheep!”, it cries. Leo brings it home, where they spend the winter together. As spring approaches, Leo knows it is time for big-not-little Cheep to fly away home. Saddened at losing his friend, Leo continues to deliver letters until the day he receives one of his own. Sweet and tender, Ruzzier crafts another beautiful tale of friendship (Bear & Bee) to delight young readers. Share with ages 3-7.
Read-Aloud Tuesday is when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6). Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.