Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Story Time: Books About Pond Life

We're finishing up our pond theme and reading the rest of the books in our book basket. These three have been particular favorites. They fit in with the relaxed week we've been having. (Can you see our overall theme here? Yep, we're relaxing and enjoying the end of summer.)

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Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, fit in perfectly with our days.These classic characters are wonderful examples of how to enjoy your day. Any of the Frog and Toad books are great read-aloud choices; this just happened to be the only one on the library shelf!

I discovered The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent purely by accident. But, I'm very glad I did. It's a sweet story about a caterpillar who meets a polliwog one day. The caterpillar had been talking about how she was going to change into a butterfly. The polliwog is convinced that he is going to change into a butterfly as well and spends so much time wondering when that is going to happen that doesn't even notice he's changing into a frog. At the end, instead of being disappointed that he is not a butterfly, he finds delight in being a frog.

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Flemingis a must for any pond theme. This one was much more appealing to my 2-year-old than the other books with it's big bright illustrations and close-up view of the many animals you can find around a pond.

Some of the other books in our basket were:
Emma's Turtle by Eve Bunting
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Little Quack Loves Colors by Lauren Thompson
Tadpole to Frog (LifeCycles) by Camilla De Bedoyere

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