Who can explain today’s extra craziness? Nice weather? Burn off from March Madness? Spring Fever?
Whatever the cause, the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library was buzzing with noise and activity. A slim early crowd quickly grew into dozens of visitors, with kids in the craft area, in the castle, on the trampoline, riding bikes, and of course, at storytime. It was a great time to be at storytime too, because we were reading an absolute favorite (especially among fans of dinosaurs):
The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
by Mo Willems
Edwina is the friendliest dinosaur a town could ask for. She plays with the children, fixes streetlights, and bakes cookies for all. Everyone loves Edwina! Except for Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie, who can’t understand why Edwina is hanging around if she is extinct. Can Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie get the town’s citizens to recognize this fact? Will they care? And what will happen to Edwina?
Mo Willems is a consistent favorite at storytime and Edwina is no different – Brightly illustrated, humorously told, and with just the right amount of wit for adult readers, the book works fantastically for a variety of age-levels. Even kids normally disinterested in dinosaur stories love Edwina. With her winning personality and gung-ho sense of self, it would be hard to resist her (very alive) charms.
If you’re interested in activities to go along with the story, there are some great options via Mo Willems himself. Visit pigeonpresents.com to find a coloring page, a dinosaur word search, and even a cookie recipe from Edwina herself! You and your kids can even find out a few fun facts about the dinosaur, including her favorite color, her favorite cookie, and her hobbies.
At our storytime, we followed up the book by making our very own finger puppet dinosaurs to carry with us. Want to try it at home? It’s easy! Just print out the following template:
Have your kids color in the dinosaur, then either cut or help them cut out the dinosaur and finger holes. Regular paper works fine, but for a more durable puppet, use cardstock or other thicker, more durable paper. You could also trace the dinosaur onto construction paper. Add embellishments (stickers, googly eyes, etc.) as desired.
Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.