Z is for Zoo!

Today was the last story hour for this session. We had 21 children and 8 adults attend. Our theme today was Z is for zoo. We started with our usual morning song and then I asked the children if they had ever visited a zoo. Most if not all have been to either the Omaha zoo or the Des Moines zoo. Our first story today was

Escape of Marvin the Ape by Mark Buehner This story is about an ape named Marvin that escapes from the zoo and the subsequent search by the police to find Marvin. Marvin is however, very good at disguises and the police can't seem to find him. After the story, I told the children that some animals had escaped from the zoo and were hiding in our library! I had the children find a picture of a zoo animal that was hidden around the room. After they found all the animals, they brought them up one at a time and told me what animal they had found and the sound that it made. Some of the animals were a bit tricky in knowing what sound they made. Our next story was,

Smile If Your Human by Neal Layton This story is about a family of aliens who come to Earth in search of a human, but their spaceship lands in a zoo. The children had fun naming the animals and had a good laugh at the end when the aliens took a picture of a gorilla thinking it was a human! After the story we sang "You can Hear" to the tune of "She'll be coming around the Mountain." We roared like lions, hissed like snakes, growled like bears, and howled like wolves. Our last story today was

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin In this book each animal is asked what it hears. Each animal hears a different animal, until one hears the zookeeper. When asked, the zookeeper says he hears children and all the animals in the zoo that the children are dressed up as! Our craft today was turning the letter Z into a zebra.  I hope to see you all back this summer for our summer library program.  If you would like more information on our summer library program please stop in or give us a call! Until next time,


Nicole Oswald

Children's Librarian