Avery had just been to the zoo THE DAY BEFORE, so this storyhour was an excellent review.
Play: Old MacDonald had a Zoo. I sang the song, and had puppets for Old MacDonald's lion, monkey, snake and parrot. Great update for this old favorite.
Book: Tiny Little Fly with Michael Rosen, and I had a little fly fingerpuppet. Wisdom listened avidly, so this was a pretty good choice, even though there was a little baby background roaring.
Song: After Bouncing our babies, we did NOT sing the Wheels on the Bus! Instead we read:
Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort. I love this witty take-off. It still gives babies and moms a chance to make all those great animal sounds, but it's a bit of a relief.
Song: Three Little Monkeys, swinging in the trees, teasing Mr. Crocodile.
Book: The Pop-Up Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. This beautiful pop-up book doesn't quite grab the babies -- but then, by book 3, nothing's really grabbing the babies.
Book: Hippos Go Berserk! Note to self: make a flannel board of this. I think babies LIKE books in storyhour that their parents have read to them a million times, but a visual or a sound track is needed.
Book: Where is My Friend? by Simms Taback. This nice board book didn't really work for this group either.
Next year: Sing "I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor," from Peter, Paul & Mommy.