Penguin and Polar Bear Stories

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This week, we’re learning more about everyone’s favorite flightless birds and their fellow snow-lovers the polar bears with a week of stories leading up to Penguin Appreciation Day on Jan. 16th at Bowman Library.

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little ones at home.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Penguins, penguins, everywhere!

Penguins, penguins, everywhere! / by Bob Barner. – JE Barner
The bright, fun collage illustrations by award-winning artist Bob Barner keep children’s attention, while his rhyming text zips along at a speedy pace.  Despite the presentation being perfect for very young children, this little book packs in a surprising amount of information about penguins, with its tour around many types of penguins and their habitats.  The final section includes a more a “Penguin Parade” with the names of all the penguin species as well as a Penguin Puzzler where kids can get the answers to questions about penguins they didn’t even know to ask.

 

Book Jacket for: What about Bear?

What about Bear? by Suzanne Bloom – JE Bloom
“When Fox joins Goose and Bear for playtime, one of them is left out and someone must figure out how all three of them can play together.”

Book Jacket for: One cool friend

One cool friend story by Toni Buzzeo ; pictures by David Small. – JE Buzzeo
“Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.”

 

Book Jacket for: Penguin says "please"

Penguin says “please” by Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Oriol Vidal Pastor. – JE Dahl (Board Book)
“Penguin learns to use good manners when asking for something.”

 

Book Jacket for: Penguin

Penguin by Polly Dunbar – JE Dunbar
“Ben is delighted to receive a penguin for his birthday but Penguin will not answer or respond to him in any way, no matter what Ben does, until, at last, they discover the language of friendship.”

Book Jacket for: Bear play

Bear play pictures and words by Miela Ford – JE Ford
With simple words and engaging pictures, this gentle book perfect for toddlers follows two polar bear cubs throughout their day of playing together.

Book Jacket for: Lost and found

Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers. – JE Jeffers
“While trying his best to help a penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.”  Be sure to check out the sequel as well, Up and down.  Both are lovely, heart-warming stories about friendship.

Book Jacket for: Tacky the penguin

Tacky the penguin by Helen Lester – JE Lester
“Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.”  If you love this one, there are plenty of sequels!

Book Jacket for: Antarctic antics : a book of penguin poems

Antarctic antics : a book of penguin poems written by Judy Sierra ; illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey – J 811 Sie
“In this lively, mischievous collection of poems, Judy Sierra imagines life in the Antarctic through the eyes of the chicks in an emperor penguin colony.  Nurtured by attentive fathers and mothers and surrounded by hundreds of fluffy relatives, these feathered playmates slip and slide through their icy world, recounting how they learn to dive, swim, and glide on their bellies.”

Book Jacket for: Baby penguin slips and slides

Baby penguin slips and slides by Michael Teitelbaum – J 598.441 Tei
“Baby penguin plays with his friends as they climb up ice hills, slide down on their stomachs, and stay warm in the sun, in a book that includes facts on penguins.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Polar bear, Polar bear, turn around,
Polar bear, Polar bear, touch the ground.
Polar bear, Polar bear, dance on your toes,
Polar bear, Polar bear. touch your nose.
Polar bear, Polar bear, show your paws.
Polar bear, Polar bear, hide your claws.
Polar bear, Polar bear, scratch your head,
Polar bear, Polar bear, go to bed.
Polar bear, Polar bear, say goodnight,
Polar bear, Polar bear, turn out the light.
Polar bear, Polar bear, wake up now,
Polar bear, Polar bear, take a bow.
If You’re a Penguin and You Know It (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it waddle your feet (waddle, waddle)…
If you’re a penguin and you know it eat a fish (yum, yum)…
If you’re a penguin and you know it go for a swim (swim, swim)…

 

Five Little Penguins

Five little penguins went out to play,
Over the ice cap far away.
Mother Penguins said, Eep, eep, eep, eep!”
Four Little Penguins came back to sleep.
Three . . .
Two . . .
One . . .
No little penguins went out to play,
Over the ice cap far away.
Mother Penguins said, Eep, eep, eep, eep!”
All the little little penguins came back to sleep!

I’m a Little Penguin (Tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little penguin short and stout.
I flap my wings and waddle about.
I wear a coat that’s black as night.
But my big tummy is soft and white.

I’m a little penguin black and white.
I like to slide across the ice.
When I reach the water, I dive right in.
I hunt for fish, and swim, swim, swim.

Sleepy Bear (Tune: Thumbkin)

Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
(Have kids shout “WAKE UP, BEAR!” to do the song again.)

Have You Ever Seen a Penguin?

Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that way?
Swim this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that? (point)
Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin slide this way and that way?
Slide this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin slide this way and that? (point)
Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin waddle this way and that way?
Waddle this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin waddle this way and that? (point)

A Penguin Family

One funny penguin feeling very blue (Hold up one finger)
Called for his brother then there were two (hold up two fingers)
Two funny penguins swimming in the sea (Make swimming motion)
Called for their sister then there were three. (Hold up three fingers)
Three funny penguins waddle on the shore (Waddle)
Call for their mother, then there were four. (Hold up four fingers)
Four funny penguins learning how to dive (Make diving motion)
Call for their father, then there were five. (Hold up five fingers)

Five Perky Penguins

Five perky penguins stood on the shore
One went for a swim and then there were four.
Four perky penguins looked out to sea
One went swimming and then there were three.
Three perky penguins said, “What can we do?”
One jumped in the water and then there were two.
Two perky penguins sat in the sun
One swam off and then there was one.
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!”
He dived in the water and then there were none.

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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