Souvenirs

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 “You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Part V-a:  Souvenirs

The Benefits of Preschool Storytime:

1.  Storytime builds early literacy by strengthening the six pre-reading skills.

  • vocabulary
  • print awareness (understanding and recognizing print in everyday environments)
  • print motivation (the desire to read)
  • letter knowledge
  • phonological awareness (being aware of the smaller sounds in words)
  • narrative skill (understanding basic technical and structural aspects of books and stories)

2.  Storytime fosters linguistic development.

  • strengthens reading comprehension
  • extends attention span
  • increases sensitivity to language, sentence structure and rhymes
  • expands knowledge of the world

3.  Storytime helps prepare children for kindergarten by providing a framework for key cognitive experiences to occur.

  • using language (listening, naming, expressing, describing)
  • representing (recognizing, imitating, relating)
  • classification of basic concepts (for example: big/small, loud/quiet, rough/smooth, etc…)
  • temporal relations (for example, young/old, fast/slow, day/night, seasons, etc…)
  • spatial relations (for example, body parts, shapes, position, direction, distance, etc…)

4.  Storytime fosters emotional/social development.

  • interpersonal connection and basic trust
  • naming and expressing feelings
  • listening
  • cooperation
  • communication skills

Move5.  Storytime develops vocal muscles (sing-alongs, chants, call & response elements, echo elements).

6.  Storytime exercises fine and gross motor skills (story stretches, fingerplays and imaginative movement games).

7.  Storytime fosters imagination and encourages curiosity.

8.  Storytime is FUN.

 

New Experience may be the most valuable souvenir… brain food!  NEXT

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Philadelphia Chickens – an imaginary musical comedy revue (in the form of a picture book)

th-26Infectious showtunes performed by an all-star cast playing original Boynton characters in an imaginary musical revue.


Bibliographic Info:  Boynton, Sandra  Philadelphia Chickens Workman Publishing (2002) 64pp  $16.95  Formats:  Hardcover with CD, ISBN:  978-0761126362  Interest Level: preK-grade 3  Genre: Song, Comedy and Humor  Themes: Music, Animals, Dance

Summary:  Philadelphia Chickens is a songbook with CD that includes 17 1/2 illustrated story-poems by Sandra Boynton.  Composer Michael Ford, who also composed Boynton’s Rhinoceros Tap, transforms these story-poems into original songs performed by many well-known actors, including Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz and Scott Bakula.


StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Philadelphia Chickens was given the StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal on May 8th, 2015 and has been selected for the PictureBookWOW collection at storytimeWOW.com.


th-27Review:  Philadelphia Chickens is a wacky, hilarious and toe-tapping musical show in a picture book. The piece is more than a book, it’s an event.  Infectious showtunes are performed by an all-star cast who play original Boynton characters in an imaginary musical revue.  Standout numbers include “Cows”, “Pig Island”, “Snuggle Puppy” and “Be Like a Duck”.  The cast of childlike animal personalities appeal to kids of all ages.  As always, Boynton’s colorful hand-drawn illustrations are full of visually expressive humor and emotion.

Storytime:  th-28 Storytime is a great occassion and opportunity to share Philadelphia Chickens with groups of children.  They will love it.  Choose one story-poem/song to include in your weekly program throughout a Philadelphia Chickens-storytime sing-along series that lasts three months.  In these storytimes, package and introduce the sing-along series and project your chosen story poem’s illustrations and lyrics onto a big screen to create a hilarious, enjoyable, toe-tapping and highly engaging sing-along story group experience.

Awards:  Grammy nominee. #1 New York Times bestseller, Recording Industry Association of America Platinum album.

Read-alikesBlue Moo by Sandra Boynton, Frog Trouble by Sandra Boynton, Dog Train by Sandra Boynton, Rhinocerous Tap by Sandra Boynton,

Links:  author’s website, Amazon

Bio (from Amazon.com):  Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children’s author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold–“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children’s music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and “Philadelphia Chickens,” nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning “One Shoe Blues” starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

Reviews:  Common Sense Media, Goodreads

I chose to review this musical in a picture book because it’s full of Sandra Boynton’s unique brand of humor and comedic characters.  And moreover, storytime deserves more showstoppers.

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Written by Tom Schween

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