Hands on Stories

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Description

Listen, look, and build. We offer a whole library of projects to help our students get in touch with famous stories.

New for 2016–17, a story of friendship and looking past perceived differences. Josh Holt's Dear Dragon: a Pen Pal Tale is a friendship story in rhyme to help all of us appreciate the person underneath physical differences.

Another new one for 2017 is Strictly No Elephants, a book by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. A story of true friendship and one that demonstrates that friends, like pets, come in all shapes and sizes.

New in 2015 and inspired by a Vietnamese folk toy and a book by Yvonne Winer and Tony Oliver, Frog Sings Songs, we celebrate the joy of frog sounds and colors in the hope that they will live on undisturbed in their natural habitats.

Little Hoot the owl is our 2016 design to accompany the charming book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace about a little owl who can't wait to grow up and let his kids go to bed as early as they want. Sweet and funny. Little Hoot>

Inspired by Tomie dePaola's The Knight and the Dragon. A sweet story of a sheepish knight and a clumsy dragon who discover there's more to life than fighting.

Robert Kraus' Leo the Late Bloomer is the story of how a little tiger named Leo bloomed in his own good time is another one of our favorites.

Another favorite makes homage to Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. A great counting story, and you'll find the song truly infectious.

Past programs include Six Crows or Frederick by Leo Leonni; From Head to Toe by Eric Carle; My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou, and more.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • Pre-K.1:  
  • K.1: Objects have properties that can be observed and used to describe similarities and differences.
  • K.2: Many different kinds of living things inhabit the Earth.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • K-PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • K-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

For Families

Dear Dragon new 2017

Dear Dragon new 2017

Strictly No Elephants 2017

Strictly No Elephants 2017

Frog Sings Songs. New 2015

Frog Sings Songs. New 2015

Little Hoot. New 2016

Little Hoot. New 2016

Clumsy Dragon

Clumsy Dragon

Pete the Cat Buttons

Pete the Cat Buttons


Leo the Late Bloomer

Leo the Late Bloomer


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