The settings for all our Storytime books this week was nighttime. We started with Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson, about an Arctic cub exploring under the stars and the Northern Lights. Then we read the funny, Mouse at Night by Nancy Christensen Hall, about a house mouse watching TV, cooking, and cleaning while the homeowner sleeps. Finally we read The House In The Night, written by Susan Swanson and illustrated by NH illustrator Beth Krommes, who won the Caldecott Award in 2009 for the beautiful illustrations.
On a black piece of paper, we constructed our own paper houses, adding windows, doors, chimneys and other details. Then we decorated the scene with stick-on foil stars to make it look like night. There's lots of good fine motor practice in peeling off all those tiny stars! Aren't our houses lovely?