Desmond prefers not to be noticed, so he blends into the background. Like, literally. He has found many ways to disappear, that is until a new girl finds him — over and over again. When she approaches him to share a favorite book, a wonderful friendship is formed, and not only does he lose the need to hide, but he finds and engages other shy kids. A sweet story with lovely illustrations, this is a perfect book for the preschool and kindergarten crews who will be facing the same issues. Some of the hiding pictures may make the book a bit challenging to share in group storytime — be prepared for several cries of “But I can’t see him!” — but will make the kids want to read it later to see the pictures more closely. By the way, Anna Alter, the author/illustrator, often shares her illustrating process at her blog, Painting Bunnies and Blue Rose Girls. So start following her now for an inside view to her next book.
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The Letter D
Book: Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale, by Pamela Duncan Edwards (this book uses the letter D a lot), or Dinosaur Roar, by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
Fingerplay: “Five Huge Dinosaurs”
Five huge dinosaurs/Letting out a roarBook: Duck and Goose, by Tad Hills, or a shorter book, One Duck Stuck, by Phyllis Root (counting book)
One went away/And then there were four.
Crashing down a tree... [three]
Eating dinosaur stew... [two]
Going on a run... [one]
Looking for some fun... [none])
Song: “Little Ducks”
(You know, “But the one little duck with the feather on his back...”)
Book: Dog Eared: Starring Otis, by Amanda Harvey
Song: “Where Has My Little Dog Gone?”
Extra/Alternate Books: Mucky Duck, by Sally Grindley, or Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, by Leslea Newman, or your own favorite (short) dog, duck, or dinosaur book.
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