If time permits read this story about how animal mothers carry their babies. You might ask the children what the magic word is (please). The kangaroo page says…
• Mommy kangaroo, carry me please
safe and snug inside your pouch
You may prefer to “read the pictures” instead of the text, or invite the children to read the pictures. Using “dialogic reading” ask what animal is pictured and ask how the mother carries her baby.
Children learn most from books when they are actively involved. To get children involved, researchers have developed a method of reading called Dialogic Reading. When most adults share a book with a child, they read and the child listens. In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child. Dialogic reading is just children and adults having a conversation about a book.http://www.multcolib.org/birthtosix/e...
If your story time crowd is the younger set, use this story. You don't have to do the entire book. I like to stop at the page that features the theme-of-the-day. Today I stopped at the fifth double-page spread, which featured (drumroll) a kangaroo!
This is also a good "activity" story. Have the children "stand up and balance" as if they were baby hippos riding mother's back to stay dry. Have the children "make crocodile jaws" with their arms and clap them together. The children can stand with both feet together and imagine a baby penguin standing on their feet. Have them touch their toes to "check the baby penguin". Have the children "reach up their arms" as if hanging on to a mother lemur. Have the children "hop up and down" like a kangaroo.
All this movement should have them ready to sit down for another story if there are older children in the group. If not, use this time to distribute board books for mothers to read aloud to them for three-to-five minutes.