SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Argentina Storytime

Part of our One World Many Stories summer reading program.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Littlest Llama –  Jane Buxton

Flannelboard Poem: Jaguaete from Animal poems of the Iguazú – Francisco X. Alarcón

(I had a potted plant, a waterfall, and some star constellations which I put up through the poem. Had the kids guess what the animal was.)

Book: No More, Por Favor – Susan Middleton Elya

(I’d been looking for an excuse to use this book, and it fit fantastically! The interspersed Spanish flows very nicely.)

Activity: Banana Chant (see at end)

(I have this as part of a book babies program, and expanded it a little for the storytime. Picked bananas high, low…chopped slow and fast…mashed in our fists, then a ‘bowl’ on our laps, then in a ‘tub’ with our feet.)

Book: The Magic Bean Tree – Nancy Van Laan

(A longer story, I told it rather than reading it. I was surprised at how well it was received.)

Flannelboard: Five Penguins in a Bathtub (see at end)

(A variation of the more common Five Elephants in a Bathtub.)

Book: Sergio Makes a Splash – Edel Rodriguez

(All in all I was surprised at what nice options there were for this theme.)

The Parts:

Jaguaete: from Animal Poems of the Iguazu

dicen que ahora                  some say

estoy casi extinto               I’m now almost

por este parque                  extinct in this park

pero la gente                       but the people

que dice esto                       who say this

no sabe                                  don’t know

que al oler                            that by smelling

las orquideas                       the orchids

an los arboles                       in the trees

estan percibiendo             they’re sensing

la fragancia                           the fragrance

de mis fauces                       of my chops                                             

que al oir                               that by hearing

el retumbo                           the rumbling

de los saltos                         of the waterfalls

estan escuchando            they’re listening

el gran rugido                      to my ancestors’

de mis ancestros                great roar                                                

que al observer                 that by observing

las constelaciones             the constellations

delfirmamento                    of the night sky

estan mirando                    they’re gazing

las motas de estrellas       at the star spots

marcadas en mi piel          on my fur                                                

que yo soy                             that I am and

y siempre sere                     always will be

el indomable                        the wild

espiritu                                   untamed

silvestre vivo                       living spirit

De esta jungla                      of the jungle

(read the poem, and see if the kids can guess what the animal is!)

Banana Chant

(mime actions)

We pick bananas, pick pick bananas, pick bananas, pick pick bananas, (picking low down, and then higher up in the tree)

And we peel bananas, peel peel bananas, peel bananas, peel peel bananas, (peel slowly, then faster)

And we chop bananas, chop chop bananas, chop bananas, chop chop bananas, (use karate chop actions, slow and then faster)

And we mash bananas, mash mash banans, mash bananas, mash mash banans, (mash hand in fist, then a ‘bowl’ on the knees, then mash in a ‘bathtub’ with feet)

And we eat bananas, eat eat bananas, eat bananas, eat eat bananas, (eat with a spoon, then throw it away and use fingers!)

Then we go banans, GOGO BANANAS! go banans, GOGO BANANAS! (stand up and wave hands while spinning!)

Five Penguins in a Bathtub

One penguin in a bathtub, going for a swim

Knock, Knock (clap, clap)

Splash, Splash (slap knees, slap knees)

Come on in! (motion with hand)

Two penguins…

Three penguins…

Four penguins…

Five penguins…

…They all fell in! (final line)

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