Story Time

Snakes
Submitted by: Karen Lagarde, Barbara Bush
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Baby Rattlesnake by:Te Ata
Willful Baby Rattlesnake throws tantrums to get his rattle before he is ready, but he misuses it and learns a lesson
Hide and Snake by:Keith Baker
A brightly colored snake challenges readers to a game of hide and seek as he hides among familiar objects.
Slithery Jake by:Rose-Marie Provencher
A rhyming story about the hysteria that ensues when a new pet snake is missing from his cage.
To Bathe a Boa by:C. Imbior Kudrna
At bathtime boy struggles to get his pet boa into the tub.
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by:Trinka Hakes Noble
Jimmy's boa wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.
Rattlesnake Dance by:Jim Arnosky
A rattlesnake slithers into a cave, shaking and wriggling in a rattlesnake dance of pure bliss. Other hissing snakes join in the underground ball.
How Snake Got His Hiss by:Marguerite W. Davol
Explains how long ago a self-absorbed snake became responsible for the hyena's spots, the lion's mane, the monkey's chattering,the ostrich's speed, and his own unique shape.
Snake Supper by:Alan Durant & Ant Parker
A hungry snake slithers through the forest swallowing up the animals in it's path until it runs into an ingenious elephant.
Mouse Count by:Ellen Stoll Walsh
Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake.
Snake Mistake by:Mavis Smith
After Farmer Henry uses light bulbs as fake eggs to fool his hens into laying more eggs, Jake the Snake makes a big mistake.
Songs
I Am a Snake!
I have no legs. I have no arms. (arms down close to body)
I can take off my skin. (pretend to pull off skin)
I wiggle my tongue like this. (wiggle tongue)
I'm very, very thin. (hinds on ribs, slide them down)
I can open my mouth so wide, (open mouth)
And eat my dinner whole! (rub tummy)
I can curl up nice and tight, (squat down low)
Or strech out like a pole! (stretch up tall)
Hiss!
Hiss! sys the snake as he glides through the lake
And he slithers on up the shore
Hiss! says the snake now my nap I'll take
So I'll hiss and hiss no more.
Hungry Snake Chant
Hungry snake, hungry snake, it's time to feed. (rub tummy)
Look in the meadow for the mice you need. (hold hand above eyes as if to search)
There are 1,2,3,4,5,so far... (count with fingers of one hand)
6,7,8,9,10 in a jar. (count with fingers of other hand)
Hungry snake, hungry snake, you showed such greed. (scold with index finger)
You had all the mice that you could need. (hold tummy as though full)
Then 10,9,8,7,6 mice began to run. (count with fingers of one hand)
Soon 5,4,3,2,1...and then there were none! (count with fingers of other hand)