Story Time

Science - The World Around Us
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Papa Fish's Lullaby by:Patricia Hubbell
Beautiful waterscapes created from Susan Eaddy's carefully crafted clay scenes provide this sweet, rhyming bedtime story a unique and dramatic backdrop. Popular author Patricia Hubbell's writing exudes charm and whimsy in her many picture books. Papa Fish's Lullaby is no exception! A busy day in an underwater world comes to a close as Papa Fish sings his little Fish to sleep. Our little fish encounters humpback whales, green sea turtles, sea horses, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, moon jellies, octopus, geese and gulls. Eaddy's meticulous research on species and region give this book the strength of non-fiction reference, while her soothing images provide the softness and comfort of a bedtime book.

The Busy Tree by:Jennifer Ward
Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders.

Forest Bright, Forest Night by:Jennifer Ward
This is a wonderful non-fiction book that works beautifully in storytime. Before, reading the story, talk with the children about nocturnal animals.

Someone is always awake in the forest! Take a peek into the forest in the daytime, when some animal families play and others are asleep. Then flip the book to see the same forest at nighttime, when the ones that were playing are now asleep, and the families that were asleep are very busy.
Waiting for wings by: Lois Ehlert.
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat, and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies. From their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden.
Food Chain by:M.P. Robertson
This simple, vivid story follows the food chain created when a naughty boy throws a goldfish down the toilet to see what happens. Little does he realize that the chain of events he starts will come back to haunt him: the goldfish is washed down the drain and reaches the sea, it is eaten by a larger fish, and it in turn is eaten by a larger fish . . . The chain eventually works its way round in a full circle with dramatic results. In this memorably funny, quirky, and clever picture book, readers see that thoughtless actions can have unexpected consequences.

Older pre-school students will appreciate the humor of this book.
When Rain Falls by:Melissa Stewart
This book provides a glimpse at how different animals behave in their habitats during a thunderstorm. In simple, easy-to-understand language, veteran children's book author Melissa Stewart takes a lyrical look at the behavior of animals in forests, fields, wetlands, and deserts and briefly describes how each creature interacts with its rained-soaked environment.
Blackberry Banquet by:Terry Pierce
Forest animals enjoy the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Includes "For Creative Minds" section with fun facts, a recipe and information on plants and animals.
We Planted a Tree by:Diane Muldrow
Simple text reveals the benefits of planting a single tree, both to those who see it grow and to the world as a whole.
Songs
Spider

A spider spins

A web all day.

She has no time

To come and play.

She sits and waits

On a thread nearby

Until she traps

A delicious fly.


Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly
Flutter, flutter, butterfly.
Floating in the summer sky.
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter, butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky.
http://www.preschooleducation.com/sbug.shtml
Craft
Growing Sweet Potatoes
http://wondertime.go.com/create-and-play/article/sweet-potato-experiment.html

Ecoart!Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds by Laurie M Carlson
Other
CD
Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants.

CD
Fins and Grins by Johnette Downing.
Notes
For those of you who would like to explore this theme further, I would like to recommend,
What if There Were No Bees? A Book about the Grassland Ecosystem by Suzanne Slade. It's one of my personal favorites.