TGIFF Dudes! This week, my #FlannelFriday (featuring a tiny bit of actual flannel…check out the fly’s wings!) was inspired by Mary’s There’s a Bug on the Teacher and Mel’s Shoo Fly. Their adorable little bugs got me thinking about Michael Rosen’s new book:
As tiny as he is, this Fly’s got moves! He can get away with anything. He walks all over the biggest animals in the jungle. He flies from elephant’s toes, to hippo’s ear, and finally tiger’s claw. Each one tries to catch him and fails. Take Great Big Elephant; he winks one eye, says to himself, ‘I’m going to catch that fly!’ Despite his mighty stomping, fly escapes with a cheeky grin and wink to the reader.
I love this book, but it’s tough to read at storytime. It’s strange, both the text and illustrations of this book are top-notch; but the mechanics are problematic. They actually disrupt the flow when you read it aloud. The biggest problem comes at the climax of the story. After the 3 big animals try and fail to catch this tiny little, Rosen repeats the big animal sounds with a 2-page spread in which both pages fold out. It’s actually quite difficult unfold and then refold them 1) gracefully and/or 2) without actually ripping one of the pages. And you have to do it quickly because the story isn’t actually over yet; There are still 4 pages left.
It’s a shame because a simple 2 page spread would have been more effective. I don’t actually see what the fold-out adds. To work around this problem, I decided to make this little fly wand:
- 1 chop stick
- 1 black pom
- 1 tiny piece of white felt cut into a wing shape
- 2 dollops of super tacky craft glue
- 1 strip of white duct tape (match the length of the chop stick)
I gave it a test run at Rise & Shine Storytime yesterday. It was a huge success. I think the best part is that you can really demonstrate the craziness of fly flight patterns. I asked the kids to buzz along with me whenever the fly was zig-zagging through the air. We had a big group–about 65–so the sound of all that buzzing made the room feel like a hive. It was pretty awesome.
You’ll find more #FlannelFridays all over the internets! Be sure to check out Anne’s blog for the Flannel Friday round-up!