Greetings from Storytime with Karen. This week’s theme is Our Feathery Friends or B is for Birds!

We began the session with some bird recognition. I showed the children some photos of different types of birds to see if they knew what type of bird it was. From emus and kookaburras to owls and willy wagtails all of the birds were readily and enthusiastically identified.

Books we read included:
Edward the Emu
Edward the Emu
This is one of my favourite storytime books. It is funny and the rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Living in a zoo, Edward is bored of being an emu. So he tries swimming with the seals, lounging with the lions and even slithering with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all.

Naked Trevor

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Trevor is no ordinary bird. He’s completely naked! It’s a well-kept secret that all birds are actually naked, but every morning they put on their feathery clothes and go about their day. But Trevor refuses to wear his sparrow costume and seeks his own unique outfit. What will it look like?

Peck Peck Peck

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Peck, Peck, Peck is a ‘hole’ lot of fun! Daddy Woodpecker teaches Little Woodpecker how to peck. And once he starts he just can’t stop. Just look at all the holes he has made!

Other recommended titles are Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement, Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement, Kip by Christina Booth, Peggy by Anna Walker and The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.

A Rhyme or Two

Two Little Blue Birds
Two little blue birds
Sitting on a hill
One named Jack
One named Jill
Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill
Come back Jack
Come back Jill

(You can substitute different colours for the birds)

Kookaburra sits on the old gum Tree
Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be!

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Did You Know?
According to an Aboriginal legend, the kookaburra’s famous chorus of laughter every morning is a signal for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth by day.

Rocking Bird Craft

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You will need:
A small paper plate
A5 piece of coloured paper
Piece of card
Feathers
Glue Tape
Scissors
Crayons or Textas

Instructions: 
1. Fold paper plate in half
2. Colour plate on one side.
3. Trace around your hand onto the colored paper.
4. Cut out hand shape and glue onto crease on underside of paper plate to make the bird’s tail.
5. Cut card into a circle and draw a bird’s face onto it.
6. Glue birds head to other end of paper plate.
7. Tape a feather to the body.

 And remember: 
One of the most important messages we all need to get across is that reading is an essential skill for success in life.