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Neighborhood Friends and Community Helpers
Submitted by: Carolyn Dial, North Channel
Audience
• Pre-school • Bi-lingual
Books
My Friend the Doctor by:Cole, Joanna
This story describes Hannah's visit to the doctor's office for a routine examination.
Quinito's Neighborhood: el Vicindario de Quinto by:Cumpiano, Ina
Join Quinito for this bilingual story as he visits his neighborhood friends and tells about their jobs.
Firebears to the Rescue by:Greene, Rhonda Gowler
Always ready to fight fires, the Firebears slide down poles, save a cat and save others from a burning house.
Tito, the Firefighter = Tito el Bombero by:Hoppey, Tim
In this English language story, Spanish vocabulary is used to tell Tito's story. His ability to speak both languages helps the firefighters save the day!
Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by:Spanyol, Jessica
When Carlo, the giraffe, visits the new library, he meets Mrs. Chinca, the very helpful librarian.
Songs
People in Your Neighborhood
A song from Sesame Street:

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
In your neighborhood.
Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood,
The people that you meet each day.
Oh, the fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, in your neighborhood.
The Fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
A person that you meet each day.

Add verses with other people in the neighborhood; grocer, mail carrier, shoemaker etc.
Ten Little Firemen
Preschool children perform the actions that the words suggest:

Ten little firemen sleeping in a row,
(extend both hands, fingers curled)
Ding dong goes the bell
(pull bell cord with one hand)
And down the pole they go
(close both fists, put one on top of other, slide down pole)
Off on the engine, oh, oh, oh.
(steer engine with hands)
Using the big hose, so, so, so.
When all the fire's out, home so-o slow
(steer engine with hands)
Back to bed, all in a row.
(extend both hands with fingers curled)
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
By Fred M. Rogers

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?
Craft
Provide a large piece of white paper and crayons. Have the parent work with their child to draw a picture of their neighborhood.
Other
Also see www.crayola.com for their Neighborhood Coloring sheet.
Notes
Songs and fingerplays can be translated into Spanish as necessary for bilingual Story Times.