Monthly Archives: October 2015

Storytime: Bats


batty baby bat lullaby

Batty by Sarah Dyer
Baby Bat’s Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard


“Fruit Bat” (from Bayviews)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, turn around. (Turn around)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, touch the ground. (Touch ground)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, blink your eye. (Blink eyes)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, fly up high. (Flap arms)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, better behave. (Shake finger)
Fruit bat, fruit bat, hide in your cave. (Flap fingers behind back – we crouched down)

“Lift Your Wings” (from Bayviews)
*Used as a scarf rhyme*
Lift you wings up in the air (Hold up arms out to sides)
Flap them, flap them, everywhere. (Flap arms)
Jump up high, sit down low, (Jump up, sit down)
Now fold your wings & sit like so. (Fold up arms next to body)

Static Electricity Bats (from Inspiration Laboratories) – I cut multiple bats out from tissue paper ant taped them to the table. Each child was given a balloon to generate static electricity (by their head or Miss Emma’s sweater) in order to make the bat “fly”.


Emma’s September Books

The number of books I read in September was half of what I read in August, though probably still too many given grad school is back in session. In theory, there should be a steady decline in October and November (when all the papers and projects start coming due), and an uptick in December and January (when school is on break). Too many books, not enough time, and lord knows how many unread ones wallowing on my shelf, waiting because…oh! shiny library book! Ten of the 17 books below were library books, and NOT books stacked next to my computer that have been waiting patiently to be read.

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I like learning the bits of history that never get covered in school, or on the occasion it is a covered topic, learning about it from a different angle. The Greatest Knight is such a book, the man in question dealing with five English kings, including Richard the Lionheart and King John.

The second non-fiction book I read in September was Kim Gordon’s memoir. It was definitely introspective, with the feeling of being written for catharsis. She talks about her internal conflicts and is fairly self-analytical. I really enjoyed it. To an extent, I can relate to being married to someone and feeling like you don’t really know who they are. On a side, I loved that she listened to Françoise Hardy. After the Beatles, she was my #2 most listened to artist from my mother’s LP collection when I was a child. And Françoise Hardy must been some undetected theme, because she was referenced in The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy (an October read).

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Even though August resulted in romance burn out, I still read several in September. They really do get redundant and situationally eye-rolly after a while, but it is still a genre I enjoy.  The Wind City was good story, but Wigmore dropped the ball with the climax – great build up, flat and unsatisfying resolution. I did not like how she handled it. A Darker Shade of Magic was a different sort of fantasy novel. I like it when fantasy stories don’t fall into tropes. The rules of magic and world-building were original. The Unnoticeables was also an original fantasy idea, but the the voice of one of the main characters, Kaitlyn, didn’t feel right. She was too similar to the other MC, Carey. Carey, however, was a great character. Beastly Bones, was better than Jackaby. The characters felt stronger, and the plot line was creative. Jackaby was good, but Beastly Bones is better. Can’t wait for book #3 in the series. Alice was yet another creative fantasy book. I love all things Alice in Wonderland, and this dark version of it takes the tale and twists it into something new while keeping the spirit of the original characters and their purposes. Red Moon was awesome! It’s not really a werewolf book so much as it’s a political parable about xenophobia and our post-9/11 relationship with terror and the government’s reaction to it. It is a strong plot with developed, unique characters. Percy also has a distinctive cadence and rhythm to his writing that I enjoyed.


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My four (not really) lonely graphic novels were an interesting bunch. Sunstone is definitely not for everyone given the BDSM content, but if you like stories driven by strong characters, this is a good choice. Its focus is on the characters’ relationships and dynamics with each other. Empowered focuses on the main character, Empowered, and how she copes with being considered a worthless superhero, good only for getting tied up during fights. The drawing style took some getting used to, and while I like the concept, I don’t like it enough to buy the additional volumes. The final graphic novel of September was Saga, volume 5. This story gets better with each volume. It is an awesome gray-area sweeping space opera. Saga can do no wrong.

Storytime: Van Gogh


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Vincent’s Colors by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober


“If You’re Wearing [color] Today” (from SurLaLune Storytime)
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red
Then please shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head

If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue,
Then please touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe

If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow,
Then please shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O

Final verse: wearing a rainbow/do all three

“The Parachute Goes Up” (from Storytime All-Stars)
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The parachute goes up
The parachute goes down
The parachute goes up and up and then it goes back down
(sing several times)

Van Gogh Style Finger-Paint Printing (from The Imagination Tree) – I put 3 dots each of blue, white, and gold paint on a piece of foil. The children used their fingers to swirl the colors together. Adults, with help from the children, then placed a piece of sulphite paper on the swirls to make a print. Second prints came out much better than first prints.

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Storytime: Apples


apple pie ten red apples

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller


“A Little Appleseed” (from Jen in the Library)
(Tune: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
Once a little apple seed
was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops falling all around.
Out came the big sun
Bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up
to be an apple tree.


“The Apple Tree” (from Perry Public Library)
Way up high in the apple tree (hold hands above head)
Two little apples smiled at me (make circles with thumb and forefinger of each hand, smile)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree)
Down came the apples (lower hand to ground and wiggle fingers)
Mmm…! They were good! (takes bite , rub tummy, smile)

“Apple Roll” (from Storytime Katie)
Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)

*I brought a mixing bowl and five small apples to use as a prop while telling this story. I swirled the apples around as I said it, then tipped it over and popped an apple out to roll on the carpet in front of me. The children loved it, though one little girl kept bringing the apples back to put in the bowl.

Apple Coloring Page – This was the back up activity because I forgot to bring a knife with me to cut apples for stamping.