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“Breathe” bedtime 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)
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.

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 – Breathe by Scott Magoon
breathe – belly breaths
play all day- crabwalk to the front and back, then crabwalk to the middle and high five    each other with feet
swim – locust/shalabasana
dive – forward fold/uttanasana
explore– simple seated twists
swim – cat/cow (like a whale spurting out of the blowhole)
listen – neck stretches like listening to the sea
sing – let heart sing in camel/ustrasana
Breathe – bear walk
But fear not – pause in bear walk
Find another way up – reverse swan dive to tadasana
love and be loved – anjali mudra

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sJust Be” 

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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“Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!” pajama 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)
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.

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 – Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming
We played this almost like a “musical mats” game. For each animal, we moved onto the next mat. For example, when pig “toddled to his sty,” we rolled like pigs in the mud onto the mat to our left.
cow/cat – cat/cow Crawl like a heavy cow to the mat to your left.
chicken- malasana
horse – horse stance
sheep – table
dog– downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
cow/cat – cat/cow
curl up in bed – child’s pose/bhakasana

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

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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“Zoo 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

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

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 – Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Tiger – cat/cow
Mouse – child’s pose/balasana
Fox – table with one leg stretched out behind like a fox tail. Switch legs to do both sides.
Ox – Goddess/utkata konasana
Monkey – Jump around like a monkey.
Deer – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
Lion – lion’s breath
Goat – Downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana kicking legs into the air like a goat
Snake – cobra/bhujangasana

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “Jogging through the Jungle

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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“Yoga Bunny” yoga storytime

This was a very exciting storytime! We had Brian Russo, the author of Yoga Bunny, google hangout with us so he could read his story while we did the poses!

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

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

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 – Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo
Forward fold/ uttanasana
Downward facing dog/ adho mukha svanasana
Tree/ vrksasana

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies, till I say stop.
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

Bunny Breath, as taught by Kira Willey

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

We colored a mandala very similar to this one.

Thanks again to Brian Russo! The kids loved seeing him on the screen, and the boys especially loved seeing a male adult do yoga with them.

Namaste!

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“The Little Old Lady who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” preschool book club

little-old-lady

We began by talking about how some things seem scary but in the end, they’re not.

Read The Little Old Lady who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything  by Linda Williams. We read this book walking around the room when the little old lady walked. I also brought in props to hand to participants: 2 shoes, a pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, 2 gloves, a hat, and a light up pumpkin head. Although we had more kids than props, I learned a fun bit of info from a fabulously silly librarian (shout out to Cliff Davidson) at Denver Public Library: it’s ok to not have enough props for everyone. Kids love watching other kids participate. The kids had to shake their props and make noise whenever cued.

We then experimented with water and Reese’s Pieces, like this post from Playdoh to Plato.

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We then used this scarecrow printable and potato stamps to make our own scarecrows, like this post.

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These guys decided to forgo the scarecrow and just got to stamping. That’s how learning and creativity happen, folks.

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Nursery Rhyme Obstacle Course

This month, in keeping with the Summer Reading theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read,” we set up a Nursery Rhyme Obstacle Course, both in the library and at one of our outreach stops in Severance.

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down

We SLOWLY climbed to the top of the hill and down again. .

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Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock

We raced the mice up the clock!

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Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

We sat on and crushed our “tuffet” (the cup).

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Humpty Dumpty Egg Races
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

We placed egg shakers on plastic spoons and tried to walk over the “wall” without dropping them.

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Jack be Nimble
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.
We jumped over all the candles!

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Wee Willie Winkie pillow case races
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed,
for it’s past ten o’clock?

Who can hop the fastest to in the pillow cases? (This was the least favorite activity. I didn’t know so many kids would be afraid to get into the pillow cases!)

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Jack and Jill’s Bean Bag Pail Toss
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after

We threw the bean bags in the pails!

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Rub a Dub Dub
Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three

We used the scarves to “wash” in the tub. (By far, everyone’s favorite activity.)

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“Dear Zoo” yoga storytime

dear zoo

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: 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 – Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
elephant – prasarita padottonasana with arms extended like elephant’s trunk. Make an elephant trumpet noise as you float forward.
giraffe – upward salute/urdhva hastasana
lion – lion’s breath
camel – ustrasana/camel pose
snake – cobra pose/bhujangasana
monkey – dance around like a monkey
frog – malasana/yoga squat and jump around
puppy – puppy pose into adho mukha svanasana/ downward facing dog. Wag your tail.

Song: “Dancing Bear” – Bari Koral Family Band

Hoberman Sphere breathing ball

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about our favorite animals at the zoo and how some were fast and some took their time, how some were strong, and how some were soft, and how some were smart, and how we have all those qualities in ourselves too.

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

Lion’s breath mask. I used streamers instead of construction paper for the mane, and I added a craft stick at the bottom for the kids to hold. Check out https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyogibrarian%2Fvideos%2F1017036694999888%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>this video!

Namaste!

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“Music and Movement” toddler storytime

toddler movement

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

Song – Jim Gill’s “Can’t Wait to Celebrate

Book – From Head to Toe

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

Book – If You’re Happy and You Know It illustrated by Jane Cabrera

 Song – Mr. Eric’s “Shake Shake Minuet in Gwith shaker eggs

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:  Melodies divide words into smaller parts and present language in patterns that make sense to the brain example: Alphabet makes no sense until presented in a song where the letters are learned and retained in a pattern. Children already know melodies to nursery rhymes, and can participate in “reading.” (Example: children are more likely to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star than to say the words if simply read from a book.) Songs naturally divide words into syllables and sounds, so they are internalized. The built-in repetition and rhyme increase understanding and retention.
Source: Nationwide Children’s/Nancy Music/ Reach Out and Read

 

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Dancing Toddler storytime

dancing toddler

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.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves getting down
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves to turn around!
You lean to the left
You lean to the right
You hug that baby nice and tight
Source: King County Library System

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(repeat with other movements—stamp your feet, shout hurray, etc.)
Source: traditional

Book – Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig

Here We Go Up, Up, Up
Here we go up, up, up,
(lift baby’s legs off your lap)
Here we come down, down, down,
(lower baby’s legs)
Here we go backwards and forwards (rock baby back and forth)
And here we go round and around!
(bicycle baby’s legs in the air)
Source: King County Library System

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And he marched them down again.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were up, they were up.
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And when they were down, they were down.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were only half way up,
(hold arms or child at waist height)
They were neither up nor down.
(reach/lift up and down again)
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

Early Literacy Tip: By integrating movement and literacy, children use more of their senses to retain information. Movement stimulates the brain and memory.
Source: United Way

 

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