My story time program for twos and threes is What does the Fox Say? The concept will only amuse me, but there you have it. I’m using some new and some older titles, but it’s a nice little collection, if I do say so myself.
Book: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Greenwillow Books, 2006
The little fox Fletcher worries as his favorite tree starts losing its leaves, but is awed by the beauty that winter’s snow brings. Great books for autumn with soft, watercolor illustrations.
Song: “One Little, Two Little”
One little, two little, three little foxes
Four little, five little, six little foxes
Seven little, eight little, nine little foxes,
All with bushy, bushy, tails.
Book: Fox Forgets, by Suzanne Bloom
Boyds Mills Press, 2013
Fox is supposed to pass on a message to Bear about their friend Goose, but forgets to do so. It all works out okay. Bright blue backgrounds and cute animals accentuate the simple text.
Song: “Little Foxes” (loosely tuned to "Little Boxes")
Little foxes, little foxes, all lined up in rows
Little foxes, little foxes, bushy tail and black nose.
Little foxes, little foxes, in orange, white, and gray.
Oh, I love those little foxes, don’t take them away.
Book: The Fox in the Dark, by Alison Green (JP GRE)
Animals run and hide from the fox, but the fox is just looking for her baby, so they all get along. Longer, rhyming text with moments of storytelling suspense. Cute illustrations too.
Song: “The Fox” (folk song)
The fox went out on a chilly night
He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he’d many a mile to go that night,
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o.
He’d many a mile to go that night,
Before he reached the town-o.
Book: Come Back, Moon, by David Kherdian, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
Beach Lane Books, 2013
Bear takes the moon and Fox takes the lead in finding it again. Simple story and text, with a subtext of working together. Soft and lovely watercolor illustrations.
Fingerplay: “The Fox in the Box”
From under the bushes
Comes the red fox.
He runs over the grass
And jumps into a box.
He swishes his tail.
And jumps out again.
Ducks under the bushes
And back in his den.
Book: OutFoxed, by Mike Twohy
S & S, Paula Wiseman Book 2013
A fox steals a duck to eat, but the duck convinces Fox that he is a dog — not a duck. Funny and clever, with cartoon-style illustrations and a graphic novel feel. Total fun.