Friday, February 1, 2013

Let's Get Dressed

There are so many wonderful new books every year, but it is always nice to rediscover (or discover for the first time!) an older classic.  Up until last week, I had never read The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin.  How have I gone my whole bibliophile life without seeing that charming cover and falling head over heels for the clever illustrations and lovely story of a night in the city?  Better late than never as they say, and now I am compelled to make sure that a few other children don't miss out, too.

I am tempted to use this book all by itself for a storytime or kindergarten program.  Just take it slow, and enjoy it, and let it shine.  This book opens up the door for such great dramatic play and narrative skill building, you'll want to save some extra time for families to enjoy musical instruments, play dress up, visit a transportation station (cardboard boxes transformed into buses, taxis, cars, and limos), and build math skills by sorting figures or objects by color, size, etc. On the other hand, there are so many books about jobs, music, or clothes that you could pair this book with, it's hard to choose just a few. Here are a few suggestions below:

Ten Fingers

Black Socks
Black socks, they never get dirty
the longer you wear em the blacker they get

Sometimes I think I should change em but something keeps telling me
Oh no not yet ... not yet

One of Laurie Purdie Salas' Whose Is It series, Whose Coat Is This? for example. 
or, Get Dressed! by Seymour Chwast a wonderfully silly and fun book that invites lively, imaginative participation as children imagine getting dressed for silly scenarios and situations.  This book introduces   fresh new words for clothes, excellent vocabulary builder!

The Wheels on the Bus

Now Go Play!

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