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Picnic Stories

Here are the books we've been reading at Picnic Stories, which is Wednesdays at 12:30pm at the Town Common. Various movement activities & games accompany books, even though only books are listed here. Click on any book cover twice to see the book in the catalog.

Picnic Stories

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May 6, 2015. Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse are afraid to retrieve their ball when it goes into the dog's house, but when they do go in they are pleasantly surprised.

The doghouse

May 6, 2015. A fresh look at eight classic stories, told with bold language and vibrant pictures.

Yummy : eight favorite fairy tales

May 6, 2015. When Bear and Brown Squirrel have a disagreement about whether Bear can stop the sun from rising, Brown Squirrel ends up with claw marks on his back and becomes Chipmunk, the striped one.

How Chipmunk got his stripes : a tale of bragging and teasing

April 29, 2015. A hungry Tyrannosaurus rex searches for food in the prehistoric forest but is thwarted in its attempts to find something to eat.

April 29, 2015. Leonardo is a terrible monster -- he can't seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?

Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the terrible monster

April 29, 2015. Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow's birthday.

A birthday for Cow!

April 29, 2015. Rappy the Raptor tells the story of how he bacame a rapping Velociraptor, all in rhym

Rappy the raptor

April 22, 2015. Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

Interrupting chicken

April 22, 2015. Fed up with the constant presence of rabbits in his house and yard, Mr. McGreely goes to the beach for some fun but the pesky pufftails will not give him a break.

Tippy- tippy - tippy, splash!

October 29, 2014. In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.

Catalog - The book with no pictures

October 29, 2014. Bear wants to have fun with his friend Bee, but Bee is too busy.

Catalog - Bear and Bee : too busy

October 15, 2014. Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

Catalog - My friend Rabbit

October 15, 2014. After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Catalog - Stellaluna

October 8, 2014. Little Fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but loves one of them most of all.

Catalog - Hooray for fish!

October 8, 2014. A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, and Loosey Goosey, to tell them the sky is falling.

Catalog - Chicken Little

October 8, 2014. A plucky duckling attempts to befriend a cat that just wants to be left alone.

Catalog - Hey, duck!

September 24, 2014. When Bear and Brown Squirrel have a disagreement about whether Bear can stop the sun from rising, Brown Squirrel ends up with claw marks on his back and becomes Chipmunk, the striped one.

September 24, 2014. Using no special effects other than the reader's imagination, simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.

Catalog - Mix it up!

September 17, 2014. After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Catalog - Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

September 17, 2014. Having worked all summer at keeping bunnies out of his garden, Mr. McGreely looks forward to a peaceful winter--if only he can keep those naughty bunnies from invading his home.

Catalog - Tippy-tippy-tippy-hide!

September 10, 2014. A giant squid brags about being the best artist in the entire ocean.

Catalog - I'm the best artist in the ocean

September 10, 2014. A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean--almost.

Catalog - I'm the biggest thing in the ocean

September 10, 2014. Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day--for no particular reason--they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then--for no particular reason--they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!

Catalog - Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs

August 6, 2014. Edwina is well-known in her neighborhood, she plays with kids, she bakes delicious chocolate chip cookies and helps old ladies cross the street. She is well-loved by everyone except for one person: Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. He knows for a fact that dinosaurs are extinct and tries to convince everyone that they are. What happens when Edwina finds out?

August 6, 2014. Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun playing together and surprising each other, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends.