Stretch

Citation: Cronin, D., & Menchin, S. (2009). Stretch. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.Stretch

Ages: 0 – 5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description: Stretch is the third of Cronin’s books that features the same, cheerful, and active dog as Wiggle and Bounce. In Stretch, the dog leads readers and other animal characters first through a yoga class, and then through a variety of other places, such as outer space and in the trees.  The book features the same stylistic bold and bright images as Wiggle and Bounce.

Uses: Similarly to Cronin’s other stories, Stretch is sure to delight toddler and young child storytime audiences. The simple rhyming text and the bright images will capture listener’s attention. The book can be read to students, and students can be invited to stretch along with the animals as they go through the story. Teachers/librarians can also take students through a stretching workout after the book has been read. Wiggle, Bounce, and Stretch can all be used in one program, or separately in a series of storytimes.  

Review Sources

Publisher’s Weekly. (2009). Stretch. Publisher’s Weekly, 256(27):51.

Glasscock, Lisa. (2009). Stretch. School Library Journal, 55(8):73.

Kraus, D. (2009). Stretch. Booklist. pg. 47.

Tags: dogs, animals, stretching, rhyme, Doreen Cronin

Bounce

Citation: Cronin, D. (2007). Bounce (First Edition edition.). New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.Bounce

Age: 0 – 5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description:  Featuring the same dog protagonist, Bounce is Cronin’s follow-up to Wiggle. In a similar style to Wiggle, the canine protagonist bounces in a number of places, with a variety of animal friends. The dog bounces in places such as puddles, the market, and the couch.   The book features rhyming texts, and bold, bright cartoon images.

Uses: Just like Wiggle, Bounce is a perfect addition to a preschool or toddler storytime.  Cronin’s nonsensical rhyming text will delight storytime goers. The bright images will entertain children as they bounce along with the canine protagonist.  Librarians/teachers can invite students to bounce during the book, or, an interesting program idea would be to read the story, and then have several scenes from the book set up around the library, where children can go and bounce like the dog in the story.

Review Sources

Kirkus Reviews. (2007). Bounce. Kirkus Reviews, 75(8):388.

Publisher’s Weekly. (2007). Bounce. Publisher’s Weekly, 254(10):59.

Rochman, H. (2007). Bounce. Booklist, 103(14):50-53.

Loch-Wouters, M. (2007). Bounce. School Library Journal, 53(6):96.

Tags: animals, dogs, Doreen Cronin, rhyme 

Wiggle

Citation: Cronin, D. (2005). Wiggle (First Edition first Printing edition.). New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Wiggle

Ages: 0-5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description: Wiggleis the story of a young dog as he wiggles throughout his day. The text asks children a series of silly questions, such as “Do you wiggle out of bed?” that are accompanied by bright, comical pictures.

Uses:  Wiggle! is the perfect book for a toddler or preschool storytime, because of its bright, silly images and rhyming text that is sure to get children’s attention.  Children can be invited to wiggle along with the story. Wiggle! would also pair well in a program with songs such as “Shake Your Sillies Out”.

Review Sources

Lempke, S. D. (2005). Wiggle. Horn Book Magazine, 81(5):560

Kirkus Reviews. (2005). Wiggle. Kirkus Reviews, 73(11):635

Wiggle. (2005). Publisher’s Weekly, 252(21):77.

Krasniewicz, K., Jones, T., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., & Raben, D. (2005).  Wiggle. School Library Journal, 51(6):107.

Cooper, Ilene. (2005). Wiggle. Booklist. pg. 1586

Tag: wiggle, dogs, animals, Doreen Cronin