For the Birds!

Our last Milk and Cookies Storytime at Panera was all about birds… including turkeys. Now that Halloween is over, we might as well start getting excited about Thanksgiving 🙂

Our next Panera storytime won’t be until around Valentine’s Day… but we do have a pajama storytime (Family Reading Night) over at the Dundee Library Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm. The theme will be “Once upon a Time” (fairy and folk tales). Come one, come all. No registration necessary.

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: The Big Woods Orchestra by Guido Van Genechten
Song/Fingerplay: Hand Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read-aloud #2: Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
*Flannel: Mr. Turkey’s Feathers
**Song: A Turkey is a Funny Bird
Read-aloud #3: Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
Read-aloud #4: The Little Red Hen retold by Heather Forest
**Fingerplay: Ten Fat Turkeys
Fingerplay: Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day
Read-aloud #5: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Mr. Turkey’s Feathers
(Make a flannel of a turkey sans feathers. Also make red, blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, black, white and brown feather pieces to add to the turkey as the rhyme progresses.)
Mr. Turkey was so sad,
He lost the feathers he once had.
Now he wants us to help him find
All the feathers of his kind.
We will look both high and low,
We will find them, don’t you know.
Here’s a RED one and a BLUE,
Look, we’ve found a GREEN one, too.
Here’s an ORANGE one and a YELLOW,
Soon he’ll be a feathered fellow.
Now we’ve found the PURPLE one,
BLACK and WHITE, we’re almost done.
If we just look up and down.
I know we’ll find the feather BROWN.
Now Mr. Turkey is so glad,
For we have found the feathers he once had!

**A Turkey is a Funny Bird
The turkey is a funny bird,
His head goes wobble, wobble.
All he know is just one word,
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.

***Ten Fat Turkeys
Ten fat turkeys standing in a row
(hold up ten fingers)
They spread their feathers and tails like so
(spread fingers)
They strut to the left
They strut to the right
(move fingers left and right)
They Gobble, gobble, gobble
in the bright sunlight!

2 thoughts to “For the Birds!”

  1. Hello! I love your website – I used to use it all of the time when I was doing storytimes at my old library. I’m in a new one now where I am not currently doing storytimes, but am working on starting my own blog so that I can share my resources and hope to get back to storytimes soon. I have a question for you – do you (or do you need to) cite where all of your rhymes and songs come from?

  2. I am glad that my site has been useful to you… and I hope that you can get back into the storytime trenches again very soon 🙂 I would like to try and get better about citations. For the most part, I will post the source if I know exactly where the rhyme/song comes from. But most of what I use is either public domain or an unknown source or I’ve seen it in a million places. I don’t always track down or research the source… though if I want to be a good librarian, I really should!

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