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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Storytime: Dinosaurs

Dinosaur stories and songs for preschoolers.

Dad's Dinosaur Day
Dad's Dinosaur Day
by Diane Dawson Hearn

Dinosaur Dinosaur
Dinosaur Dinosaur
by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk

5 Enormous Dinosaurs

Five enourmous dinosaurs letting out a roar.
One went away and then there were four.

Four enormous dinosaurs munching on a tree.
One went away and then there were three.

Three enormous dinosaurs with nothing to do.
One went away and then there were two.

Two enormous dinosaurs having so much fun.
One went away and then there was one.

One enormous dinosaur, but he didn't want to be a hero.
So, he went away and then there were zero.

What's in the Prehistoric Forest
by Peter Seymour

Dinosaur Bones
Dinosaur Bones
by Bob Barner

Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago

Dinosaurs lived long ago.
Some walked (walk in place).
Some swam (swimming motions).
Some flew you know (flying motions).
Some were big (be big).
And some were small (be tiny).
Some were gigantic (arms wide),
Veeery tall (be tall).

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Dinosaur Roar (Picture Puffins)
Dinosaur Roar!
by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Stomp!
Dinosaur Stomp!
by Paul Stickland

Friday, November 9, 2007

Little Mama Forgets

I am currently enchanted by Robin Cruise and Stacey Dressen-McQueen's Little Mama Forgets. A little girl named Lucy has a grandmother who is losing her memory. And although she forgets some things she doesn't forget everything. The give and take between the grandmother and granddaughter reminded me of my experiences with my own grandma. The pictures are whimsical and add another dimension to the story. For such a difficult subject it is such a happy book. And, as an added bonus it is about hispanic characters (can't seem to get enough of these).

My favorite bit from the book, is when Little Mama forgets about the toast and burns it. So they have rice pudding for breakfast instead. And Little Mama always remembers just how to pour Lucy's cream.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Evolution of the Book

I just read an article by Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. While I was working on my MLIS I completely eschewed the idea of e-books. There are so many things you can find while browsing shelves that you could never find on a computer. And the enjoyment inherent in holding a book and flipping the pages is such a delight. Then I read an article by an e-book convert and it has me thinking. There's something to be said for the portability of a book on your cell phone. I don't want to buy a seperate device for reading books, but if I had one already... well that's a different story. And yet it goes against all my principles. I felt, especially for children, that there was such value in the codex format. One of the professors at my portfolio defense to finish my MLIS asked a rididculous question. "What if a flash drive won the Newberry Award?" This question had me flabberghasted for multiple reasons. Firstly, the Newberry is for children's books-- books. Secondly, what on earth did this have to do with outreach to daycare providers (which was the material I was presenting on)? But altering his question a bit, could an e-book, that was published solely in digital format win the Newberry? Not currently, but if that progresses to become the popular format it may. In any case it was a great column. I bet library classes all over will be discussing this. I'll be forwarding this on to my husband probably. Maybe he can use it for reading all his academic pdf's. Boy, change is rough.