The first book that we read was Mystery vine : a pumpkin surprise by Cathryn Falwell. This is a good vegetable book. It shows a family that plants a vegetable garden in this spring and as they are taking care of it they discover a mystery vine. As they care for the other vegetable plants they watch the vine wondering what it will be. Then, in the fall, surprise! The vine has pumpkins. I thought this was great for a vegetable theme and then I visited the pumpkin farm and discovered that pumpkins are really a fruit. (Make sense, who wants vegetables in a dessert pie?) So, we all go to learn something new at story time.
Our second book was from the NYPL list and was Ruth Krauss's The carrot seed. This is a nice short story for the 2 and 3s about a little boy who plants a carrot seed. Everyone tells him that nothing will happen with the seed, but he takes care of it anyway by pulling weeds and watering it. We even had the big book format, so that made Crockett Johnson's simple illustrations easy to see.
|My flannel characters|
I did find some more vegetable songs this time around. We sang Laurie Berkner's Valley of the vegetables. I passed out bells to ring as we sang and I printed off pictures of the different vegetables that we 'eat' in the song. I'm not sure how much they really liked the song, but they did enjoy ringing the bells.
We also sang In our garden by Peter and Ellen Allard. This is a slower song, but you can do the actions of digging, planting, watering, picking, and eating. I have seen songs like this that are done acapella but I liked that this one gave us some background music.
Our final song was another Laurie Berkner, this time we sang I feel so crazy I jump in the soup. I mentioned that soup is often made with vegetables and then we jumped, swam, galloped, splashed, and sat in our soup. This is a fun song and it is short, which is good for the little kids.
I had planned for a vegetable craft so we made pumpkins with tissue paper. Then I learned that pumpkins are a fruit, but oh well, they are still fun to make and seasonally appropriate!