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Argentina Storytime


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Argentina Storytime

Scott Bahlmann

Part of our One World Many Stories summer reading program.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out - Raffi


Book: The Littlest Llama –  Jane Buxton


(An adorable story with a cute ending. Just a bit long.) 

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


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

(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


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!)

(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 


(A variation of the more common Five Elephants 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)


Book: Sergio Makes a Splash - Edel Rodriguez


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