Today’s preschool storytime had many older children (ages 3 and up) and not too many younger siblings. Dealing with siblings is always tricky, because they certainly don’t have the attention span for longer books. I tried this book anyway, because I love it.
I was quite surprised at how successful this was. Younger siblings were very restless, but the older kids really leaned in to hear the story. The text and drawings are all done in navy blue on a white background. (almost the color of blueberries) I think it must be the expressions on the faces of the people and bears that keep children’s interest.
After listening to that long story, I wanted to keep the other books short and fun. Everyone got a turn to help with Tap the Magic Tree. We sang a color song, so everyone had a review of colors before reading the next two books: Lemons are not Red and Go Away Big Green Monster. We ended with Rosie’s Walk. This week’s PlaySpace will feature another book about walking: I Went Walking by Sue Williams. (PlaySpace is for children ages 2 and 3. It meets on Thursday mornings at 10:00.)