I'm a Little Teapot! Presenting Preschool Storytime.
Jane Cobb. Illustrated by Magda Lazicka.
Introducing FingerplaysJane Cobb has been presenting storytimes in public libraries for more than 13 years. She has compiled a practical and very useful program guide which was first published in 1986 under the title, I Don't Want to be a Teapot! A Handbook for Planning Preschool Storytime. This expanded edition has excellent tips on sharing stories and structuring programs for children who are three to five years of age. Its thematic arrangement of 63 sample programs includes popular and appealing themes like "Bears", "Space" and "Teeny Tiny Things". Each theme has a program outline, a list of suggested books, the complete text of rhymes, songs and fingerplays, as well as several related ideas. For example, the theme of "Bathtime" first suggests titles like Five Minutes Peace and No More Baths; presents several rhymes such as "Rub-A-Dub-Dub" and ideas like learning the sound effects to Mud Puddle from the Munsch Favorite Stories cassette. The excellent bibliography of resources, including song books, folk stories and picture books, would be very useful for collection development as well as for storytelling resources.
Memorize the verses to songs and fingerplays, and repeat them often so children and their caregivers can learn them and repeat them at home. When new verses are introduced, they should always be repeated on the spot.
Play with these! You can get a lot of mileage out of a short verse by repeating it. Speed it up and turn up the volume to build excitement, then slow it down and whisper to quiet the group at the end.
You can count on some distraction during storytime, and you can count on songs, fingerplays and action rhymes to bring the children's attention back to you.
This wonderful guide is very suitable for use as a staff training tool and would also be of interest to parents, educators and professional storytellers as a source of quality selections and inspiration.
Lorraine Douglas is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library System.
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