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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August 19, 2015. It's Froggy's birthday, but no one has remembered. His parents don't seem to realize it's his special day, and none of his friends are at home to wish him a happy birthday. Will Froggy celebrate his birthday all alone? Has everyone really forgotten?

Froggy's birthday wish

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August 19, 2015. A boy discovers that although his pet rhinoceros does not do any of the same things that other pets typically do, such as chase a ball or a stick, it does so much more.

My rhinoceros

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August 12, 2015. Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with the books he has been devouring.

The incredible book eating boy

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August 12, 2015. Nothing seems to go right for Eugene, even when he wins a free trip to Bermuda, but while he is stranded on a tiny, deserted island after being shipwrecked, a broken-winged parrot tells him how to build a boat so that they can both be rescued.

Terrific

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August 5, 2015. When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.

Stuck

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August 5, 2015. Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy -- nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some rockin' magic sunglasses from Grumpy Toad, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. Groove and move with Pete as he helps Squirrel, Turtle, and Alligator discover that the sun is shining and everything's alright!

Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses

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July 29, 2015. Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob's backyard, but first they must help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.

Pirates don't change diapers

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July 29, 2015. Arriving at a little boy's birthday party, an entertainer in a big cuddly bear costume delights the children with his antics and surprises them when his costume will not come off.

The entertainer

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July 29, 2015. A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one. End notes discuss Dr. Seuss's pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for "What Pet Should I Get?"

What pet should I get?

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July 15, 2015. In this original version of the traditional tale, the three little pigs are in their usual trouble with the somewhat bad wolf--who is really just very hungry and frustrated that the pizza parlor will not serve him.

The three little pigs and the somewhat bad wolf

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July 15, 2015. In this version of the Grimm fairy tale, Thomas--who is called Little Red--discovers a wolf in disguise at his grandmother's house and ingeniously uses ginger ale to save the day.

Little Red : a fizzingly good yarn

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July 8, 2015. Desperately wanting a puppy but worrying that their skeptical father will not trust them with such a big responsibility, sisters Cadence and Emi devise a creative plan to prove their trustworthiness.

Two Girls Want a Puppy

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July 8, 2015. In this humorous version of the traditional tale, Chicken Little panics when an acorn falls on her head and sets off a dance frenzy among the other chickens, and while squirrel and the other animals understand what really happened, they soon join in the dancing--because it is fun.

The sky is falling!

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July 8, 2015. Aware that she lacks many of the skills her fellow barnyard cows possess, Marjorie is left feeling sad until a group of caring chickens with a plan comes up with the perfect solution to make her realize just how special she is.

The cow that laid an egg

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June 24, 2015. A five-year-old boy thinks his body is falling apart until he learns new teeth grow and hair and skin replace themselves.

Parts

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June 24, 2015. When three cats find themselves homeless in an alley, they form a singing group with the hope that they will earn the love they need.

Cats got talent

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June 24, 2015. If you ever see a box of cornflakes offering a free lion, ignore it. This is the story of two brothers who didn't--and then ended up with a grizzly bear, a cranky old crocodile, and a huge gorilla, instead.

There's a lion in my cornflakes

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June 3, 2015. Gerald is tired and cranky and wants to take a nap, but Piggie is not helping.

I will take a nap!

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June 3, 2015. One autumn morning, Farmer Brown gets on his tractor and heads to town. Along the way, he picks up a cat in a hat, a goat in a coat, an ox in socks, and other animals who love their clothes--and each animal sings a little song about what it's wearing. When they reach the town, it's Farmer Brown's turn to sing about his clothes--after he gets some new ones.

I love my hat

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June 3, 2015. Maisy and her friends are so excited! They're going to see a fun adventure film.

Maisy goes to the movies

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May 20, 2015. In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.

The book with no pictures

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May 20, 2015. A mother dog tries to teach her pup how to bark, and is surprised at why he wasn't learning.

Bark, George

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May 20, 2015. While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.

Ballet Cat : the totally secret secret

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May 13, 2015. The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

Hiccupotamus

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May 13, 2015. When Mr. Horse gives a ride to his friends, Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck, they urge him to go faster and faster.

Clip-clop

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