Welcome! On Read-Aloud Tuesday, I read to the Maple classroom at my son’s Montessori school to students ages 3-6. Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of children’s literature with them each week.
Stella lives in a silver Starliner on the side of the road. She loves it’s coziness and her life there, until unkind comments from group of weasels leave her heart stinging. She doesn’t want to tell Mama – that’ll only hurt her heart, too. It’s when Daddy comes home and drives the Starliner to the beach that Stella meets new friends who appreciate the awesomeness of mobile living. Wells takes a sensitive subject and writes with a deft, knowing touch. Highly recommended. NEW in 2014.
Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root
A group of kids are on the hunt for a moose – they’ve never seen one, but they have some ideas of what one looks like and where it could be hiding. Each place they go – the forest, the swamp, the bushes, the mountains – they’re faced with the fact that there are no moose…or are there? Careful observers will spy the moose hiding in plain sight and may just realize that there is not just one moose to be found. Expect lots of repeat readings looking for evidence of moose!
In the dark of night, Hoot Owl is on a mission: he is hungry and wants to eat. And while owls are clever, they’re also masters of disguise. A natural carnivore, he first spies a young rabbit and dresses as a carrot to con it closer. It doesn’t work. No matter – Hoot Owl tries again: he disguises himself as a mother sheep and an ornamental birdbath to similar, less-than-stellar results. FInally, spying a pizza – pepperoni, of course – Hoot Owl’s waiter costume proves he is a master of disguise! Droll humor with bold, rich illustrations make this a winner for the preschool / elementary crowd. NEW in 2015.