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"Miss Cindy" Story Visits

From October through May Cindy Strietelmeier makes monthly visits to local preschool classes with her big blue bag.  The 15 to 20 minute visits include books, stories, poems, songs and such for promoting interest in language, reading and the library. 

Did you know?  If you are participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and you heard Miss Cindy read at your school, you can add these titles to your list.

What did Miss Cindy read?  Check the list below, most recent month is at the top.


MAY Story Visits 2012

“The Pesky Skeeter” a story told with string

Miss Cindy learned how to tell it from Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take by Dianne de Las Casas. She borrowed it from another Evergreen Indiana library and you could too.

Stanley Mows the Lawn – Craig Frazier

Stanley spots Hank the snake in the tall grass and gets an idea for mowing his lawn differently.

May There Always Be Sunshine – a traditional song adapted by Jim Gill

Sing the song and then add your own ideas.


APRIL Story Visits 2012

The Puddle – David McPhail

What starts out as an ordinary rainy day gets silly when animals appear at the puddle.


Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey

The pictures look clear and real even though there’s only one color. Do children learn what the ducklings learn?
(How to walk in a line, come when called, and watch out for things with wheels.)



MARCH Story Visits 2012

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! – Leo & Diane Dillon

The story of dancer Bill Robinson (aka Bojangles) in a poem with a rhythmic chorus Try the “rap a tap tap” rhythm with your hands or your feet.


Four Fur Feet – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard

A furry creature (Is it a tiger? A cheetah? A cat? A cog?) walks around the world on “his four fur feet.”
Everyone can join in on the repeated lines!




FEBRUARY Story Visits 2012

Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox, illustrated by Patricia Mullins

What does Hattie see in the bushes? Does anyone else notice?

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild – Mem Fox , illustrated by Marla Frazee

Harriet is into everything. Harriet’s mom tries not to yell, but sometimes it happens, “just like that!”

Nibble, Nibble – Margaret Wise Brown

There are many poems in the book, but we used just the one that begins

“Nibble, nibble, nibble goes the mouse in my heart … and the mouse in my heart is you.”



JANUARY Story Visits 2012

Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan Londan, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It takes a lot of clothes and a lot of energy to get ready to play in the snow!

Under My Hood I Have a Hat – Karla Kuskin , illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

A little rhyme about all the layers of clothing you need.

The Mouse that Jack Built – Cyndy Szekeres

Jack is a bunny that built a snow mouse. But what are the little mice in the pictures building?



DECEMBER Story Visits 2011

The Three Bears’ Christmas – Kathy Duvall

It’s not Goldilocks who is visiting this time.

On Christmas Day in the Morning – song illustrated by Melissa Sweet

An old song about the hope of growing things again as the light changes after Christmas.

Dream Snow – Eric Carle

The farmer dreams of snow and then remembers his Christmas plans for his animals. He bears a strong resemblance to S. Claus, but what is the surprise at the end?



NOVEMBER Story Visits 2011

Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go – John Langstaff, pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker

Sing along as you go a-hunting for lots of animals and rhymes to go with them.


All for Pie, Pie for All – David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Grandma Cat’s apple pie is enjoyed by three different (sized) families.


Pigs Love Potatoes – Anika Denise, illustrated by Christopher Denise

With so many potato-loving pigs, Mamma needs their help. Listeners can help by filling in the word “potatoes” every time it appears in the story.



OCTOBER Story Visits 2011

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberley

Make the monster appear, then make the monster “Go away!”  It will be a favorite.


Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems

Leonardo wants to be scary, he just isn’t. But he can become something wonderful.


Perfect Square – Michael Hall

A square that’s perfectly happy faces a week of challenges and makes itself into great new things. The fountain that “babbled and giggled and clapped” is a great sound effect kids can do.



SEPTEMBER Story Visits 2011

We All Go Traveling By – Sheena Roberts, illustrated by Siobhan Bell

This book is a song about lots of ways to go ... to school!  It includes a CD with Fred Penner singing.  You could sing along.


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems

Just say “No!” to the Pigeon who wants to be at the wheel of the bus.  Enjoy the pictures of Pigeon.  You can tell how he feels even without reading the words.  Try your hand at drawing him yourself!



MAY Story Visits 2011

Pouch! – David Ezra Stein

A joey takes his first hops away from his mama, but he is frightened by new sights and retreats to the pouch until he meets another joey just as new to the world.

Mouse Was Mad – Linda Urban, illustrated by Henry Cole

How mad was Mouse? Hopping mad. But what would he do about it? Deep breathing helps.



April Story Visits 2011

Yes, Please! : No, Thank You! – Valerie Wheeler, illustrated by Glin Dibley

It’s a game in a book. Listen to the question and decide which way you’ll answer.

Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Harry would like to answer “No, thank you” when it’s time for a bath.
He finds a way but will his family know him when he’s so dirty?



March Story Visits 2011

Black? White! Day? Night! – Laura Vaccaro Seeger

There may only be one word on each page, but the lift-the-flap pages in this book have lots of surprises for you.


The Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy – Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Marc Simont

Do the people at your house feel differently about noise and quiet? Can it be too noisy? Can it be too quiet?


February Story Visits 2011

Hurry Up and Slow Down – Layn Marlow

Hare is almost always in a hurry — until it’s time to look at the pictures in the book.
Tortoise is NOT in a hurry — until reading the book means the tea is getting cold.

Take your time with the pictures in this book and see many more little creatures.


The Squeaky Door – retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

A spooky squeaky sound is scary at night. How do you fix that? Grandma knows.
A silly story for everyone to participate in.



January 2011

All It Takes for a Snowman – Alice Schertle, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

What do you need for a snowman? The pictures are a lot of fun: the snowballs are so BIG! Did you ever think of giving your snowman something to read?


The Biggest, Best Snowman – Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Little Nell can still do BIG things with the help of friends. When you look at the pictures, notice the lines Nell and her friends make when they roll, and nudge and kick the snow into a ball.


December 2010

What Dogs Want for Christmas – Kandy Radzinski

If they could write to Santa, what would they ask for? Beautiful illustrations!  Find your favorite puppy.


Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! – Don and Audrey Wood

Do you lock your presents away, or share them with the poor hungry bear who has none?
See what the Little Mouse chooses.


November 2010

Potato Joe – Keith Baker

    Counting potatoes in rhyme and silliness.


Today Is Monday – Eric Carle

You can sing this book. The animals will help you remember the days of the week and the foods for each day.


October 2010

Go Away, Big Green Monster - Ed Emberley

You'll want to read it again, and again, and again, and again.


Don't Fidget a Feather - Erica Silverman, illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Duck and Goose have a freeze-in-place contest that gets scary, but the real champion is the friend that saves them both.


September 2010

Old Black Fly - Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

That old black fly gets into a lot of places before he meets his messy end.


"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth - Eric Carle

The sloth does not hurry.  Ever.  "That's just the way I am."



May 2010

Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name – Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Andrew Shachat

When her mommy calls her “chickadee” and “pumpkin,” Hannah wonders if she knows her name.


“Nibble, Nibble, Nibble,” a poem
from Nibble Nibble: poems for children by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated byLeonard Weisgard

Who’s the mouse in you heart? Are you the “rabbit” that makes their heart go lippity-clip?


The Seals on the Bus – Lenny Hort , illustrated by G. Brian Karas

You know “the wheels on the bus go round and round.” Now find out what it’s like with seals on the bus, or when there are monkeys aboard. (Get ready to make great animal sounds too!)


April 2010

Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry – collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

We shared only two of the poems at this visit, “Something About Me” and “Recipe for Green.” Both were about growing things: children and plants.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! – Candace Fleming , illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. McGreely tries to keep the hungry bunnies out of his garden, but nothing seems to stop them.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing – Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett

Animals may like a lot of the same things we do, but these pictures show just why clothing won’t work for them.


March 2010

The Hungry Thing – Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, illustrated by Richard E. Martin

When a Hungry Thing comes to town, what should the people feed it? The Hungry Thing asks for schmancakes, feetloaf and hookies. A little boy decodes the Hungry Thing’s rhymed requests – along with the children who hear the story.

Then we made some pretend “Monster Cookies” for the Hungry Thing!  See page 26 of Cookie Classics with Heart by Joyce Milligan.   It's a cookie cookbook  of recipes collected by a Jay County library staff person and matched to great children’s books. Check page 26 for the Monster Cookie recipe.  Check out Cookie Classics to try some at home.  It's with the adult cookbooks at 641.8654 M654 .

The Doorbell Rang – story and pictures by Pat Hutchins

Twelve cookies (as good as Grandma’s?!) seem like plenty to share until the doorbell rings. And rings. And rings. Finally Grandma herself saves the day.


February 2010 - Snowed out!


January 2010

Under My Hood I Have a Hat – Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

Dressing to play in the snow has its ups and downs. In fact, if you fall down, it’s hard to get up with all those clothes on.

Snow on Snow on Snow – Cheryl Chapman, illustrated by Synthia Saint James

 A boy and his dog head outside to go sledding but when they “spin out” at the bottom of the hill, the dog is missing. Many phrases are repeated in threes, like the title, which comes from the poem “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti.

Snow – story and pictures by Uri Shulevitz

A little boy sees the snow coming even though the adults around him (along with the radio and the television) say “it’s nothing.”


December 2009

Winter Lullaby – Barbara Seuling, illustrated by Greg Newbold

The weather is changing — what does that mean for animals and people? Read the questions, guess the answers and then enjoy the pictures. It’s a “lullaby” because so many of the animals (and people) spend time sleeping.

Christmas Present from a Friend – Yuriko Kimura, illustrated by Masako Matsumura

Rabbit knows it’s very cold and hard to live in the winter so when she finds an extra carrot she shares it with a friend, who shares it with another and another. How does the carrot come back to Rabbit? Does she know?

On Christmas Eve – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Nancy Edwards Calder

It’s the night before Christmas and the children can’t sleep — imagine that! When they creep downstairs to “touch the tree and make a wish” they see, hear, and smell Christmas. For some reason the words are magical.



November 2009

First the Egg – Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The cut out pages and bright colors show transformations: from egg to chicken, from tadpole to frog, etc. The story has a puzzle that even grownups wonder about: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

What! Cried Granny: an Almost Bedtime Story – Kate Lum, illustrated by Adrian Johnson

Patrick and his granny have different ideas on bedtime — getting ready for bed could take all night. Be sure to watch for the little dog in the pictures. He’s always up to something.

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping – Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins

Does the teacher sleep in school? Does the librarian sleep with the books? The pictures make you think so, but mostly they and other workers go to sleep because their work is done.


October 2009

Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberley

Specially cut-out pages make a scary monster appear and disappear when YOU say so.

Cookie’s Week – Cindy Ward, illustrated by Tomie DePaola

Cookie the cat gets in a LOT of trouble Monday through Saturday and makes a mess everywhere.
Will the cat rest on Sunday?

Pigsty – Mark Teague

When Wendell’s room is so messy pigs move in, cleaning up is the only way to get them out.


September 2009

Oh! – by Josse Goffin

One word is enough for the whole book! You’ll say “Oh!” every time you turn the special pages that open from the center and show a surprise picture. Look! Your mouth makes an O every time you say it.

Cha Cha Chimps – Julia Durango, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor

They love to cha-cha-cha. The chimps can’t stop dancing until Mama Chimp comes to take them home. Try out the rhythm at your house.

Chuck’s Truck - Peggy Perry Anderson

Everyone wants to ride (and rhyme) in Chuck’s old truck, but what happens when it breaks down?


April 2009

Potato Joe written and illustrated by Keith Baker

In a new take on “One potato, two potato, three potato, four …” you can count and rhyme. There are guest appearances by Tomato Flo and Watermelon Moe. Watch for a tiny ant who appears on pages throughout the book.

Four Fur Feet written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard

A four-footed creature (A dog? A tiger? A cheetah?) walks around the world on his “four fur feet” in a rhythmic and rhyming chant. Challenging to say the repeating phrase but fun to join in.


March 2009

Yes, Please!  No, Thank You! written by Valerie Wheeler and illustrated by Glin Dibley

It's a game of "what do you want to do?"  There are some great ideas about how you could spend your day.  But remember to answer politely with the "magic" words, please and thank you.

Bark, George written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer

When George the puppy meows and quacks and oinks and moos instead of barking, his mother takes him to the vet to get to the bottom of the problem deep, deep, deep down.

Knuffle Bunny written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Little Trixie can't use words yet.  How can she tell her daddy that her precious Knuffle Bunny is lost?  Look for another story about Trixie (now a preschooler) in Knuffle Bunny Too.

Did you know that "Knuffle" comes from "knuffel," a Dutch word for "snuggle."


February 2009

Angus and the Cat written and illustrated by Marjorie Flack

Angus the Scottie dog gets a chance to satisfy his curiosity about cats when a strange little cat appears on the sofa. But the cat knows how to stay just out of reach.

Looking for a Moose written by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Randy Cecil

A group of young friends go moose-spotting in the woods, in the swamp, in the bushes, and on the hillside. How can something so big be so hard to see? When you read this story in great rhythm and rhymes you may be able to see what the friends are missing. There are lots of other animals and details to notice and you even get to practice your own version of the call of the moose!


January 2009

The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
    Peter's simple adventures exploring the snowfall and the timeless collage illustrations have been enjoyed by children since they were first published in 1962. 

Snowballs written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
    Another collage artist creates snow people on a large scale with bright recognizable objects that children love to point out.  Bonus pages at the back even show some real-life kid creations in the snow.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
    We all know better, but it's fun to imagine with the rhyming text what snowmen do at night that makes them look so different as time passes.  A special feature:  there are hidden pictures painted in the scenes.  Look for a cat, a rabbit, a Santa face and a tyrannosaurus rex in each picture. 


December 2008

Uno, Dos, Tres, Posadas! :  Let's Celebrate Christmas by Virginia Kroll
  Both Spanish and English numbers are used in this count-to-Christmas rhyme.  There are more Spanish words for parts of the Las Posadas celebration and a page in the back with more information for grownups to share with kids.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  It's a very simple story about a farmer with five animals and a tree and lots of snow, dreamed and real.  If you've ever finger painted you'll recognize how the illustrations were made.  The vinyl overlays that put dream snow in the house and over the farmer and animals make a guessing game out of some pages.  All this and a built-in button at the end that produces a magical surprise!


November 2008

Bling Blang by Woody Guthrie, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
    It's the text of a song by Guthrie.  Hear it on the children's CD This Land Is Your Land and try singing it with plenty of pretend pounding and sawing.

Great Aunt Martha by Rebecca C. Jones, illustrated by Shelley Jackson
    Can you have fun when old folks visit and talk and rest and you have to be quiet?  Well, yes, by the story's end you know that Great Aunt Martha is really great.

Miss Cindy also told a "paper and scissors" story about "A Special Thanksgiving Table" by Jean Stangl.


October 2008

Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens, illustrated by Tad Hills
    Wake up with everyone in the 10 houses on Fish Street before you finally get to Wendell.  Can you do sound effects for the story?  Miss Cindy surprised everyone with a whistle (for the teakettle) and a harmonica for someone who wakes up and plays first thing in the morning.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
    A cat (who keeps a mouse for a pet!) who is worried about his first day at school learns new things -- and so do his teacher and classmates.  Be sure to take time to examine all those fishy details in the pictures.



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