Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book #68: Ready, Set, Skip! by Jane O’Connor, Illustrated by Ann James

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A little girl is concerned because she can’t skip. She can leap and twirl, whistle and creep, but not skip. “Wait, can you hop?” says her mother. After her mother teaches her to hop on one foot and then the other, the little girl skips faster and faster. The next day she and her mother skip all the way to school.

The rhyming text is full of movement words, great for toddlers and preschoolers who love to get up and move during storytime. The illustrations communicate the large range of movements with loose, sketchy lines and washes of yellow, blue, and green. Kids and parents alike will be cheering the little girl on as she masters this new skill. The look of pride on her face when she finally gets her feet coordinated is priceless.

Follow up with songs perfect for skipping, such as Skip to My Lou. There are numerous recordings by children’s singer, but I also love the versions sung by Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. Play the song and have everyone practice skipping around the room.  

 Use this book for a movement themed storytime, along with Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh.


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