April 17, 2017 | strande
In case you missed our Rain storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stormy storytime at home.
In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.
IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE (From jbrary)
It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more…
Oh, no! It’s up to my toe! But it ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh gee! It’s up to my knee!
Oh, my! It’s up to my thigh!
Oh, fiddle! It’s up to my middle!
Oh, blech! It’s up to my neck!)
Finish with: Oh, dread! It’s up to my head! So I guess I’ll just swim home…
Music play for young children. The song "Leaky Umbrella" is great fun to dance and identify body parts to.
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER
The itsy, bitsy spider crawled up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and
The itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
For hand motions, try jbrary's version.
Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew, lead singer of the Seattle-based band Presidents of the United States of America) captures children and adults with his light, airy folk music that will make you happy and want to get up and dance. We used "It's Gonna Rain" today.
More Songs and Stories to Enjoy
Forced to stay indoors during a rainstorm, young Sam drinks hot chocolate, reads and dreams of adventures while his Granddad does paperwork until the need to mail an important letter triggers an adventure into the wet outdoors.
"A fox's journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia"--.
Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.
When Elephant takes a quiet stroll with his green umbrella, he is hindered by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit, each asserting that his umbrella is truly their boat, tent, flying machine, and cane.