by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Yes, it’s an ABC book, but not in alphabetical order. This time H goes first to set the stage — and stage would be the right word here — for Halloween words. The letters themselves portray the words or concepts, so you’ll find the letter P with an eyepatch and sword and D with horns and forked tail (see, they’re a pirate and a devil!). Along with the spooky, Halloween-themed words, the reader enjoys some backstage banter among the characters. Bright illustrations make this fun to share, but know your audience before you blurt out “U for Undead.” Just fair warning.
It feels strange to review a Halloween book just before Thanksgiving, but for the purposes of the ABC Giveaway I wanted to put together a mini-library for year-round entertainment. Plus, if you start ABC Storytime at the beginning of a school year, you will probably hit the letter H around Halloween, so it works. Moving on.
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The Letter H
Book: Harry’s Home, by Catherine and Lawrence Anholt
Here is a nest for robinBook: Happy Bees, by Al Yorinks
(Cup your hands.)
Here is a hive for bee
(Put your fists together.)
Here is a hold for bunny
(Form a circle with your hands.)
And here is a house for me.
(Form a peak with your hands.)
Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
Book: I Call My Hand Gentle, by Amanda Haan
Fingerplay: “Open, Shut Them”
Book: Hamsters to the Rescue, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Rhyme: “Hickory Dickory Dock”
Hickory, Dickory DockAlternate Books: Little Hoot, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Hiding Hoover, by Elise Broach; Hungry Hen, by Richard Waring
The hamster ran up the clock.
The clock struck one
And down he run.
Hickory, Dickory Dock.
(I tell them I’m replacing the traditional mouse with a hamster.)
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