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Animal shenanigans : twenty-four creative, interactive story programs for preschoolers
Reid, Rob, 1955- , author.
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Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015.
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xiii, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Animals have been a staple in children's books for decades. Reid has created story program lesson plans featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scales, and feathered friends. You and your group will have a howling, barking, clucking, roaring good time!--
Let's act like animals : stories and activities about imagination -- The animal book club : books and activities about reading -- The animal talent show : stories and activities about singing, dancing, and art -- Animal countdown : stories and activities about numbers -- It's not easy being green (or red or blue or yellow) : stories and activities about colors -- It's a small world : stories and activities about tiny animals -- Big and tall : stories and activities about large animals -- Deep down underground : stories and activities about animals that live below the ground -- Way up high : stories and activities about animals in the sky and tall trees -- Lost and found : stories and activities about being lost and losing and finding things -- I've got a BIG problem : stories and activities about problem solving -- Cool, cool water : stories and activities about animals that live in and around water (and even bathe in it!) -- Forest friends : stories and activities set in the woods -- Animal buddies : stories and activities about unlikely friends -- Weird and wonderful pets : stories and activities about pets -- The animal elementary school : stories and activities about school -- Let's visit the animals : stories and activities about field trips -- Animals on the move : stories and activities about transportation -- Animal chefs : stories and activities about food -- Animals from long ago : stories and activities about prehistoric animals -- Noisy animals : stories and activities about sound effects -- A new look at old favorites : stories and activities about fractured fairy tales -- Animal winter wonderland : stories and activities about winter -- Animals at night : books and activities about bedtime.
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Featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scaled, and feathered friends, this new series of story program lesson plans from bestselling author Reid will help librarians and teachers unleash kids' curiosity and learning.

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Booklist Review

In his most recent offering, Reid shares plans for 24 themed storytimes featuring animals for preschool- and early elementary-age children. Some of the themes included are Numbers, Colors, Animals That Live below the Ground, Sound Effects, and Fractured Fairy Tales. Each 30-minute storytime plan begins with a bulleted list of the program at a glance. The lesson plan is laid out in chronological order, from the opening picture book to the closing picture book or activity. A mix of additional picture books, songs, finger plays, and movement and musical activities are listed in between. The picture books are recent (2010-14), and each includes a boxed Storytelling Tip. Each lesson plan concludes with five backup picture-book suggestions. Featuring fun and easy-to-implement ideas, this is an excellent resource for anyone presenting story hours to young listeners.--Ostergard, Maren Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Reid offers 24 themed storytimes, all tied together by the theme of animals. Subcategories include colors, transportation, prehistoric friends, water, etc. Reid includes book annotation, followed by storytelling tips that will be familiar, even redundant, to veteran storytellers, such as alternating one's voice to represent the different characters in the story, asking audiences to participate by calling back a certain phrase or making animals sounds, and making facial expressions to help convey the story. While most of these activities are movement based, also suggested are fingerplays, sound effects, and songs. Many of the songs offered are traditional storytime songs that Reid has adapted; a few are songs that he has written himself. The storytimes are geared to an older preschool audience or even early elementary school, as most of the titles included have sophisticated plots and many of the songs and movement activities require children of a certain age and skill level to achieve their desired effect. Some children may know the melody of a traditional song but could find Reid's lengthy translations daunting unless the lyrics were on display. VERDICT All but the most inexperienced storytellers can skip this one.-Allison Santos, Princeton Public Library, NJ © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.