It was a mixed bag at storytime today, as we read some books that were new to me, as well as some old favorites. Today was the last “big kid” storytime until next year! We will resume on January 24. Whichever December holidays you celebrate, may they be filled with family, friends, and of course– lots of stories!
Paul lives alone in his fish bowl, and he feels pretty bored until Bernadette arrives, and helps him to notice all the wonders he can see nearby. Bernadette’s whimsical explanations of everyday objects had us all giggling; and her enthusiasm and friendship for Paul make for a happy ending to the tale.
Gaston is also a story about friendship, and seeing yourself and the world in a different way. Gaston doesn’t look like his mother or sisters, but he works hard to be a “proper pooch”– and so he is. One day, at the park, Gaston’s poodle family meets a bulldog family; and it seems a terrible mistake has been made. So where does Gaston fit in, and where does he really belong? Read the story to find out!
Simms Taback’s short fable is one of my personal favorites. Vivid and colorful illustrations show Joseph as he turns his old overcoat into successively smaller items as each gets worn out. What happens when he has nothing left? Joseph’s cleverness and creativity in solving his problem can be appreciated by all.
Pete the Cat is back! In this story it’s bedtime, and Pete enjoys a twinkling star looking over him as he has his supper, takes a bath, and puts on his starry PJs. The text includes some verses of the song that most of us aren’t familiar with, and Pete serenades us right to the end. Good night, Pete!