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Sharing the Storytime Joy

by Dianna | Nov 27, 2018

Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dianna, who works with children and families at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library.
image of hands holding lizard

Once a month we invite the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to our Storytime, which we call Preschool Parties. This month I wanted to explore texture with the children and asked the zoo to bring a lizard.
cover image for the lizard's tail
I took the book, The Lizard’s Tail by Shobha Viswanath and turned it into a flannel story. The lizard loses its tail and tries a few others before its tail grows back.

image of lizard with rat taildrawing of lizard with a opossum taildrawing of lizard with a fox tail

We laughed at the other tails and how silly they looked.

Other fun lizard stories are Mary Had a Little Lizard by Kayla Harren and Brief Thief by Michaël Escoffier.

I had informational books available to show all kinds of different lizards. Lizards by Julie Murray, Lizards by Kathryn Stevens, and The Wild Life of Lizards by Camilla De la Bédoyère.

To explore texture we used the story Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig, Have a Look Says Book by Richard Jackson, and That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt.

We explored texture more by creating many textures on a large paper lizard with lots of different things: paper, yarn, toy cars, buttons, Legos©, sponges, and markers.
drawing of a lizard decorated with different textures

We had so much fun combining good stories with science and art!

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