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Zoo stories for twos and threes



Published: Fri, May 3, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Annabelle White moved like a mokey during the "Animal Actions" song at the Poland library's story time for 2- and 3- year-olds April 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Poland librarian Vikki Peck danced during the opening song at the story time for 2- and 3-year-olds April 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Vikki Peck, a librarian at the Poland branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, read "Peek-a-Zoo" by Marie Torres Cimarusti April 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Elizabeth (left) and Ella Vilicka worked on their elephant craft together at the toddler story time at Poland library April 11.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Librarian Vikki Peck read "Rhino's Great big Itch" by Natalie Chivers to toddlers at the Poland library April 11.

By NATALIE SCOTT

nscott@vindy.com

Poland librarian Vikki Peck hosted a story time for 2- and 3-year-olds in the children’s room all about the zoo and zoo animals April 11. Peck began by reading “Peek-a-Zoo” by Marie Torres Cimarusti, which gave children to opportunity to guess which animal was hiding and to act like the animals discussed in the book. Other stories read at the story time were “I Dream of an Elephant” by Ami Rubinger and “Rhino’s Great Big Itch!” by Natalie Chivers, which was about a rhino that seeks the help of many of the larger animals to scratch his itch, but it is the smallest animal around that solves his problem.

Children also participated in different activities at the story time, like the “Animal Actions” song, in which children danced using animal actions, like flapping their wings, slithering like a snake, hopping like a frog, and swinging their trunks like elephants. “I’m a Little Monkey” was a finger-play activity that asked children to participate by mimicking different movements that monkeys do.

The story time ended with an elephant craft made from a paper plate and colored paper.


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