Other books in the line-up were:
Elephants can't jump! / Willis, Jeanne
The very cranky bear / Bland, Nick
I'm the scariest thing in the jungle! / Derrick, David G
Trosclair and the alligator / Huggins, Peter
Crocodile beat by Gail Jorgensen
Mama don't allow : starring Miles and the Swamp Band / Hurd, Thacher
Who Eats First? was first published in Korea. Six animal friends find a scrumptious peach and each wants to be the first to take a bite. They start giving their reasons like: "I'm the tallest!" "I'm the heaviest!" and so on. This book also has a section in the back about using the Math concepts of placing in order and comparing.
The artwork looks like watercolor with some mixed media of cloth stamping or pieces. The illustrations are delightful. The math concepts come naturally. I will suggest to parents and teachers using this with their preschoolers to 2nd grade students.
Science & Talk
What kind of animals live in the jungle? How are they different than the kind of animals that live in the desert or polar regions? Talking to our children about where different animals live helps them have a bigger understanding of their world.
Math & Rhyme
Five little monkeys swinging in the tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “Can’t catch me, can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be…
SNAP! Right out of the tree.
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Read – book set
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
I also love the song "Five Frogs" from the Anna Moo Crackers CD
Instead of monkeys, the alligator eats the frogs!
I also had a paper finger puppet of an alligator printed out for the children to color and cut out. Using a finger puppet to retell a story or sing a song using the PLAY portion of early literacy actions.
The motion, the bigger the body movements, the more brain involvement children have in an activity.
For the WRITING part of our Storytime I included a /j/ letter page for children to trace and color at the library or take home. We practiced the 'J' for sign language too.