Somebody posted this storytime idea on PUBYAC a few years ago. When I saw A Pet for Petunia, I knew it was time to put this theme into action again. With skunks, spiders, porcupines, alligators, bat, bees, snakes and slugs, there was no shortage of options and I ended up with a big display of books, including nonfiction like Seymour Simon’s aptly-named Animals Nobody Loves.
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Wave them in the air
Touch the ground
Sit down if you dare.
Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid. Petunia is just sure she wants a skunk for a pet, until she first smells one. Illustrations are truly delightful and her ‘unfair parents’ rant is great fun to read aloud.
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks is a delightful story about a spider that desperately wants to be a family’s pet. Another opportunity to scream loudly.
Song: Eensy Weensy Spider
Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen is a great story about a crocodile raised by ducks who is surprised to discover crocodiles eat ducks, but then tricks big, nasty crocodiles and protects his true family.
Song: Knuckles, Knees by Jim Gill.
We finished up with Helen Lester’s A Porcupine named Fluffy. The illustrations by Lynn Munsinger crack me up as does the simple sentence, “Fluffy wasn’t very fluffy.”
The storytime zipped by and somehow we ran out of time to read Help: A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller or do the planned action rhyme, I am a Snake.
Today’s stamp was a snail. We discussed their slimy paths while I stamped their hands.
Other book possibilities:
Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham
I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio
Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino