Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friends Forever

I really, really like Carin Berger's 2010 title, Forever Friends, this time of year.  It makes me think of Spring things and the whole wonderful year ahead.  This is the story of a rabbit and a bird whose  friendship lasts and lasts through Spring, Summer, and Fall.  But bird flys away as Winter nears.  Happily, Bird and Rabbit find that true friendship lasts no matter what the distance.  This story is short enough to share with a group of preschoolers, but the subtle details and minimalist style of Berger's collages illustrations may be more appreciated by school-age children and caregivers or families.  No matter who shows up for story time, the thought of flowers and bunnies and fireflies will put everyone in a happy mood...especially you!




Is there ever a time when there are too many friends around?  Yes!  When Ma just baked a plate of yummy cookies.  Pat Hutchins classic, The Doorbell Rang, will have your audience giggling and moaning, Oh noooo! It is silly, quick, and light.  I love hearing how my young patrons solve the problem of so many surprise guests (everything from cutting cookies into pieces to getting a bigger table).  Most importantly this book is an excellent segue into post-story time refreshments. yum.





PROGRAM

Song
If You're Happy and You Know It...


Fingerplay or Rhyme



Five Friends
Five good friends went out to play.
It was a bright and sunny day,
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
Then there were four friends left to play.



Four good friends went out to play.
It was a bright and sunny day,
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
Then there were three friends left to play.



And so on... 
From Friendship Theme


Books


Forever Friends, by Carin Berger


Elephants Cannot Dance, by Mo Willems


The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins


Activity


"Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?" Chant 


Then invite everyone to eat lots and lots of cookies!!!  Make tissue paper flower bouquets to take home and share with a friend.  They will remind everyone of Spring, too.





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