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“Space!” little ones event

This month we held an outer space event at the library twice (Tues and Sat mornings) and at an outreach event (Thursday morning). May is sadly a notoriously slow month attendance-wise, but those who came had a BLAST.

We charted our own constellations like this post.

We tied sponges to our feet and walked on the moon in our space shoes.
 

We made rockets that blasted off into space. I modified this post because I didn’t have plastic pipettes. We simply colored 2 rockets and then taped them together leaving a hole at the bottom for the straw. Make sure to tape the rockets together, leaving no holes for air to escape through.

We learned how craters in the moon are formed and how planets orbit the sun.

We studied moon rocks in our outer space exploration suit.

We guided our rocket ships into and out of space safely with our NASA control center from this post.

 

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“I Just Want to Say Goodnight” yoga bedtime storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Cookie Dough relaxation
I wasn’t sure how this would work because I could see the kids getting so excited about it that it would actually rile them up, versus calm them down.
Source: Kids Play Smarter

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
Fish – locust pose/salabhasana
cat – cat/cow
bird – eagle/garudasana
goat – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
monkey – gorilla pose/padahastasana
chicken- malasana
ants – table pose, march up and down your mat
dog – puppy pose/anhatasana
rock – child’s pose/bhakasana
book – seated, open arms wide like opening a book
moon – seated side bends

Goddess pose/ utkata konasana – Breathing in, stand up straight. Exhale into goddess x 3. Last one exhale into wide leg forward fold
Falling star
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Wishy Washer – Seated twists/ parivritta sukhasana with arms in cactus- Make sure the kids twist to the right first (mirror them) to aid in digestion before bed.
Tumble Dry

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sWhen You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Mindfulness” yoga storytime!

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

We talked about mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to something. For adults, mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, without judgment.

Song: “Stop and Go” – Kira Willey

Book – Wait by Antoinette Portis
dog – puppy pose/anahatasana
cement mixer – standing forward fold/uttanasana
duck – malasana, flap arms and quack
ice cream – ask each child what scoop they would put on their ice cream cone. “Build” a cone and add each child’s choice to the top. Stretch taller with each addition.
fish – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
butterfly – baddha konasana, flap your butterfly wings
running to the train – run in place
rainbow – either downward dog/adho mukha svanasana OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel, depending on the abilities of the kids

Song: “Listen and Move” – Greg and Steve

Mindfulness Exercise
I read about this in an article for yoga for children with special needs. It’s similar to an exercise I have done with bean bags. For the bean bag activity, tell the children to place a bean bag on their heads and run across the room, keeping the bean bag on their heads without holding on to it with their hands. It’s almost impossible. But if you walk slowly and mindfully, you can balance the bean bag on your head with less difficulty. This activity was similar but uses bells. Give the children a bell. Have them walk across the room with their bells. Their bells probably ring. Have them walk slowly and mindfully, trying to get the bells to stay quiet.

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“Eggs!” toddler storytime

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Egg by KEvin Henkes

Song: Mr. Eric’s “Shake Shake

1,2 Shake it on your Shoe
1, 2, shake it on your shoe
3, 4, shake it on the floor
5, 6, stir and mix
7, 8, stand up straight
9, 10 wave to your friends
Source: Jbrary

Shake it to the East
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – Hurry Hurry! by Eve Bunting

Inside her Eggshell
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dinosaur is safe and sound.
But she wants to come out into the light ,
So she pushes and shoves
with all her might.
Her shell soon cracks and creaks and pops,
One big jump and out she pops!
Source: Preschool Express

Oh I Wish I Were a Teeny Tiny Egg
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg
Source: Preschool Express

Five Eggs and Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs (show a fist on one hand, then the other)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen (bring fists together)
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens (Open hands and wiggle fingers)
Yellow as can be!
Source: Storytime Katie
(I used this as fingerplay instead of a flannel, but either way works!)

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Take your kids to the farm! Read books about farm animals and eggs hatching, and then let them experience the farm firsthand!  

 

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“No Bake Food Fiesta” little ones event

April is One Book 4 Colorado month, in which every 4-year-old in the state of Colorado receives a free picture book! This year’s giveaway title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, and to celebrate, we made a mess of our own! We  held this event twice: once at the library and once at an outreach event in Severance.

I laid a spread of food out for the kids to choose from and encouraged them to combine foods. I gave them plastic cutlery so they could practice their fine motor skills. Whip cream and cookie sandwiches were, by far, the favorite meal both days.

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“Shredded Paper Messy Fun!” little ones event

April is One Book 4 Colorado month, in which every 4-year-old in the state of Colorado receives a free picture book! This year’s giveaway title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, and to celebrate, we made a mess of our own!

I saved about 2 months of shredded paper and dumped them into our meeting room. I put them on top of the storytime rugs so that the wood floors wouldn’t be too slippery. Of course, it went everywhere anyway. And for those of you wondering, yes, I am the one who cleans this up.


Some kiddos thought that watching from the sidelines was a safer bet.

I love when the moms get into it.

And of course, I was “forced” to play.

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“Numbers” preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Count the Monkeys! by Mac Barnett

Song: Mr. Eric’s “Dance Number Three

Five Hungry Ants felt board
Five hungry ants marching in a line,
Came upon a picnic where they could dine.
They marched into the salad,
They marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper…
Uh oh! That was a mistake!
A..a..a..choo!
Four hungry ants…
Three hungry ants…
Source: King County Library System

 Two Little Penguins
Two little penguins sitting on the ice (Hold up index fingers)
One bows once, the other bows twice (Make fingers bow)
Waddle, little penguins, waddle away
(Put finger behind back)
Come back penguins, time to play
(Bring fingers back to front)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Let’s Count Goatsby Mem Fox

If You Want to be a Goat,
If you want to be a goat, head butt like this
If you want to be a goat, head butt like this
If you want to be a goat
If you want to be a goat
If you want to be a goat, head butt like this
If you want to be an elephant, swing your trunk
If you want to be an alligator, snap your jaw
If you want to be a giraffe stand up tall
Source: Adapted Traditional

Song – Jim Gill’s “Jumping and Counting

Felt Board – Dog’s Colorful Day based on the book by Emily Dodd 

Book – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

A Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam
A ram sam sam Guli guli guli guli guli
Ram sam sam
A rafi, a rafi,
Guli guli guli guli guli
Ram sam sam
Source: Storyblocks

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Talk about numbers, orderings, correspondences, and patterns as you read picture books. Read the book through first, and then reread it to discuss the mathematical ideas. Name groups of things children see on the pages with numbers and shape names, such as, “Look at those three beautiful flowers. What shape are those petals?” After sharing stories that invite children to compare sizes, such as chairs, bowls, and beds in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” invite children to order sticks or blocks by lengths. Then give them further opportunities to classify by sorting buttons, bottle caps, and leaves.
Source: Scholastic 

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“Superheroes 2” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference  

Song: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy

 

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Max Speed by Lois Ehlert
Car – Staff pose/ dandasana. Get in the car. Point toes on one foot, then the other like pressing the gas and brake. (Yes, kids, don’t drive with two feet; this is just to stretch both legs and feet equally.) Twist to either sides as you drive.
Volcano – Goddess/utkata konasana. Jump up to erupt.
Parachute – balloon breath.
Shark – locust pose/ shalabasana Use hands over head like shark fin, or – if you have older kids who will call you out on where a dorsal fin is – hands in reverse namaste for  fin. Swim to each side, rolling over and coming back to center.
When Max thinks about his toys, come into sukhasana/ easy seated pose. Close your eyes, with hand over heart or on knees.

Warrior poses
Virabhadrasana I/Warrior I – Say, “I am strong.”
Virabhadrasna II/Warrior II – Say, “I am brave.”
Viparita Virabhadrasana/Reverse warrior – Say, ” I am peaceful.”
Virabhadrasana III/Warrior III – Say, “I am a superhero.”
Repeat on the other side.

Superhero Training
Bubble breath. First we practiced keeping the bubbles in the air with our breath. This quickly devolved into popping bubbles and a general bubble frenzy. I use this bubble machine. 

Lifting weights. I used a dowel and styrofoam discs to create dumbells.
 
Finding balance

Savasana

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Goodnight, Everyone” bedtime pajama storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: The Learning Groove’s “Canon in D Major” 

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Goodnight, Everyone by Chris Haughton
mice – child’s pose/balasana
bunny – rabbit/sasangasana
deer – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
b
ear – bear twists. Standing twist from side to side swinging arms wide.

Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Goddess pose/ utkata konasana – Breathing in, stand up straight. Exhale into goddess.
Standing forward fold/ uttanasana
Seated twists/ parivritta sukhasana – Make sure the kids twist to the right first (mirror them) to aid in digestion before bed.
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Candle Breath. Hold a finger out. Pretend this is your candle. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Try not to blow your candle out. Just let the breath out slowly enough that your pretend flame would flicker and dance. Repeat this until the room is calm.

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Numbers” toddler storytime

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and prick it, and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!
Source: Traditional

Little Pink Pigs
Tune is Ten Little Indians
One little, two little, three little pink pigs (counting up on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little pink pigs
Seven little, eight little, nine little pink pigs
Ten little piggies in the mud!
All are fat (hold arms out in front) with turned up noses (push nose up with finger)
They don’t smell a bit like roses! (hold nose with one hand, wave other hand in front of face)
Curly tails that look like hoses (draw curls in air)
Rolling in the mud! (roll hands)
Count down!
Ten little, nine little, eight little pink pigs
Seven little, six little, five little pink pigs
Four little, three little, two little pink pigs
One little piggy in the mud!
Source: King County Library System 

 

Song” Jim Gill’s “Jumping and Counting

Book – Numbers and Counting by Ruth Owen

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (pat foot)
Three, four, shut the door (clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks
(show fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (pat floor)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen!
(make wings and cluck)
Source: Traditional

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little one shall have a tickle!
One for his/her nose (tickle nose)
And one for his/her toes (tickle toes)
And one for his/her tummy where the hotdog goes! (tickle tummy)
Source: Library Meow

Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his breeches on,
One stocking off, and one stocking on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.
Source: Traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Let your baby know that you hear her babbles, coos, and gurgles. Repeat the sounds she makes. Smile back. When you respond to her sounds, she learns that what she “says” means something and is important to you. Sometimes, you can supply the language for her. When your baby stretches her arm toward her bottle and says “ga-ga-ga,” say, “Oh, you’re ready for some milk? Here’s your milk. Isn’t it good?”
Source: Partnerships for Reading

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