Story Time

Pets
Submitted by: Amanda, Parker Williams
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
I took my frog to the library by:Kimmel, Eric
A young girl brings her pets to the library--with predictably disastrous results.
An Octopus followed me home by:Yaccarino, Dan
When a girl brings home an octopus and wants to keep him as a pet, her daddy reminds her of the crocodile, seals, and other inappropriate animals she has already brought into the house to create chaos.
Don't take your snake for a stroll by:Ireland, Karin
Mayhem ensues when when a little girl takes unusual pets like a rhinoceros and a kangaroo to places usually reserved for people.
Not Norman: A goldfish story by:Bennett, Kelly
As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet, he learns to love Norman the goldfish himself.
Songs
Love, love, love your pets
(to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Love, love, love your pets
Love them everyday!
Give them food and water too
And let them run and play!

http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/supersongs.cfm?songsid=853
Fred and his fishes
Fred had a fish bowl (form shape of bowl with hands)
In it was a fish (hold up one finger)
Swimming around (make swimming motions)
With a swish, swish, swish!

Fred said, "I know what I'll do.
I'll buy another and that will make __." (hold up 2 fingers)

Fred said, "I'm sure it would be
Very, very nice if I just had __." (hold up 3 fingers)

Fred said, "If I just had one more That would make one, two, three, __."
(hold up 4 fingers)

Fred said, "What fun to see them dive. One, two, three, four, __." (hold up 5 fingers)

How many fish do you see?
How many fishes? Count them with me!
(count all 5 fingers)

*Cobb, Jane. I'm a little teapot! : Presenting Preschool Storytime. pg. 157.
Craft
fishbowls

Make bowls and fish out of paper (I made all different types of fish, even sharks, in every color). Decorate bowls with crayons/markers, use glitter for sand and tissue paper for plant life. Encourage children to add anything they like to their fishbowl, such as a submarine, turtle, etc.

Notes
Fred and his Fishes works well as a felt board.