News From the Library–Jan.31, 2011

Time for a Hug

Given recent events, it seemed like a good time to read a book about a giant hug.  First graders loved Sandra Horning’s The Giant Hug.  It’s the story of a little pig who wants to send his granny a giant hug through the mail.  To do so, each of the people who work for the postal service must actually give a hug to the next person until the mail carrier in granny’s town gives it to granny in person.  Best part is the last page where granny’s kiss back makes it all the way to the little pig.

We also watched this charming video about a couple giving out free hugs in Italy.  And I was lucky enough to be the recipient for many hugs as students left.  Priceless!

Also in the Library this week…..

Kindergarten–A cat building a nest?  That sounded suspicious, but as Kindergarteners soon found out, it wasn’t birds that Jack, the Cat was after, it was eggs for omelets.  But all did not go as expected as a chicken, a duck, and a goose fight over the nest and finally abandon the eggs and instead of omelets Jack finds himself the caretaker of a baby chick, a baby duck, and a baby goose.  The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend is a wonderful read aloud for this age, not only for the delightful story but the bold, engaging illustrations.

First grade–see opening post

Second Grade–This past week was “National No-Name-Calling Week” and to participate and think about why name calling can be hurtful we read Kevin Henkes’ Chrysanthemum, the story of a little mouse with a very long name who gets teased by her classmates but ends up victorious in the end.  A charming tale with an important message.

Third Grade–This week third graders watched “Faux Paws–Adventures on the Internet.” This video is very appealing to kids of this age and a great way to start the discussion about internet safety.

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades–We had a mock Battle of the Books this week to get students fired up about our Battle of the Books preparations.  Lunchtime practice sessions will begin on Friday, Feb. 11, to prepare for the Battle at the County Schools on April 14.

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One comment on “News From the Library–Jan.31, 2011

  1. Andy Fine says:

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    Thanks. -A. Fine

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