The Animal Boogie

Citation: Harter, D. (2000). The animal boogie. New York: Barefoot Books. The Animal Boogie

Ages: 2 – 6

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Harter’s The Animal Boogie invites readers and listeners into the jungle to see many of the different animals that live there: bears, monkeys, elephants, and leopards. The animals wiggle and shake throughout the jungle. The book has bright, colorful images of the animals moving about, and includes a musical score to The Animal Boogie.  

Uses: The Animal Boogie is a great book for a music and movement storytime. Librarians and teachers who are more musically inclined can play the tune provided for children, while they shake and wiggle away. Librarians/teachers can read the story and ask children to shake and move along with the different animals, and/or play the song after the story concludes.

Search Terms:

Land, Karen. (2000). The Animal Boogie (Book Review). School Library Journal, 46(12),109.

Decker, Charlotte. (2001).  The Animal Boogie (Book Review). Library Talk, 14(1), 38.

Tags:  rhyme, animals, jungle, dance

My First Yoga: Jungle Story

Citation: Davies, A., & Dormand, M. (2012). My first yoga: jungle story. [United States]: My First Yoga. Jungle Story

Ages: 3 – 9; Also ideal for differently-able older youth, teens, and adults.

Grades: PreK – 2

Description:  My First Yoga: Jungle Story invites readers to join the main character in a search through the jungle for a monkey. In the search, readers are invited to pose and act like different animals they encounter. The book features simple, large text and colorful images. The text also features an introduction to the story, and yoga by the author.

Uses: The large, simple text and images of this story make it a natural for an interactive storytime for children and differently-abled adults and youth.  Participants are invited to go on the quest with the protagonist, which automatically connects them to the story. Librarians/teachers can lead storytime goers through the movements, while they read the book. For an even more interactive reading, librarians can lead the group (if it is smaller) through the library, using stuffed animals or animal pictures for each phase of the journey.  This book could be used in a storytime about yoga, being active, being spy, or about jungle animals.

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: yoga, differently-abled, jungle, animals

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth

Citation: Carle, E. (2002). “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the Sloth. New York, NY: Philomel Books.Slowly Sloth

Ages: 0-8

Grades: Pre-K – 3rd

Description: Set in a vibrant Amazon rainforest, “Slowly, slowly, slowly” says the Sloth follows the daily activities of a sloth, as a variety of animals constantly ask him why he does everything so slowly. The animals’ questions and sloth’s responses follow a slow, rhythmic pace, until one animal asks the sloth why he is so lazy. Sloth responds with the largest section of text in the book, using a number of adjectives to describe himself as anything but lazy. The book features a preface by Jane Goodall, and descriptions of all of the rainforest animals that appear in the text.  Carle’s tissue paper collages create a vibrant jungle that all are sure to enjoy.

Uses: While the pace of “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth is much slower than other books that encourage physical activity, it still can be used to encourage children to move.  Carle’s bright and simple images make the book ideal for a preschool or toddler storytime. Librarians and teachers can invite the children to mimic the sloth’s movements – as slowly as possible – during the story. The slow pace of the story allows for students mimic the movements with little disruption to the flow of narration. The book can be used in a storytime about animals, the jungle, or celebrating Eric Carle. Goodall’s preface along with the included descriptions of the animals also lend the book to being used in a lesson for younger grade children.

Review Sources:

Elam, Mary. (2002). ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth. [Review of the book ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth]. School Library Journal, 48(9):181.

Roback, D., Brown, J., Britton, J. & Zaleski, J. (2002). ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ said the Sloth. [Review of ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly’, said the Sloth]. Publisher’s Weekly, 249(26):77.

Kirkus Reviews. (2002). ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth. [Review of the book ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth]. Kirkus Reviews, 70(15):1123.

Burke, Lynne. (2003). ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth. [Review of the book Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth]. Reading Today, 20(5):32.

Tags:  animals, sloths, jungle, rainforest, relaxed pace