Welcome back to my Storytime blog. You’ll be pleased to know that the library is open again – so if you like any of the books reviewed in this post, you will be able to reserve and borrow them from the library! Unfortunately we are not yet running regular storytime or pram jam sessions – but don’t forget to check the blog every Friday for our Virtual Storytime videos!
This week’s blog is all about the Circus.
Have you ever been to a circus? Circuses are amazing places to visit – particularly if you go at night. It feels like stepping into another world with all of the bright lights, crazy costumes and wondrous and exciting things to see!
The fabulous Foskett family circus is written and illustrated by Quentin Blake and John Yeoman. You may recognise the illustrations in this quirky book – Quentin Blake has written and illustrated over 300 books, including 18 by Roald Dahl. This is a simple story about an unusual family and we meet them all, starting with a scraggly, pyjama-wearing, trumpet-playing man on the first page. There’s Aunt Esmerelda and her singing menagerie, Auntie May the floral artist, Philbert the egg juggler, and Uncle Decimus and his parrot. Amongst the rest of the family you’ll also find two dogs – Fido and Towser – and a green duck.
This story will keep your little ones entertained and imagining for long after they have finished reading it.
I always enjoyed reading Spot books with my children when they were young. They loved the surprise and excitement of lifting the flap and seeing what was underneath. It was also a great way to help them with memory exercises (particularly as we would always read a book many, many times). Spot goes to the Circus by Eric Hill is no exception with big bright pictures and easy to read text. I hope you enjoy the video also!
The Acrobat by Gabriel Alborozo is aimed at the under 5’s, it’s very colourful with beautiful illustrations all the way through.The acrobat works in a circus, but nobody notices him. He decides to leave and find a new audience, but even his very best tricks fail to catch anyone’s attention. Just as he is about to give up hope altogether, something extraordinary happens to change his luck. This story is beautifully illustrated and a lovely peaceful story to read at bedtime.
I hope you enjoy this short film from YouTube of Spot Goes to the Circus.
Recipe – Caramel Popcorn
This recipe is really simple and you will be surprised at how delicious it is. Making your own popcorn at home is so much cheaper than buying it, and it’s fun to watch the corn popping! Why not make a batch of this delicious popcorn for your next movie night or party.
Making caramel can be tricky and there is a risk of burning if it gets on your skin – so please make sure to be extra careful when making this!
- 4 cups of cooked popcorn
- 125g butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup nuts (pecans, peanuts – optional)
- Follow packet directions to make your popcorn, then place in in a very large wide bowl.
- In a heavy based saucepan, place butter, sugar and honey.
- Simmer over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Pour the caramel all over the popcorn and mix together quickly (being careful not to get any on your skin).
- Spread the popcorn onto a tray lined with baking paper and allow to cool completey before breaking it up and storing in an airtight container (if it lasts that long!)
- For an extra taste sensation, sprinkle rock salt over the corn while still hot and sticky.
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