our local music school providing string accompaniment. This was very cool...the four musicians had chosen music ahead of time and had some sound effects for different moments in the story, like when Lion roars for help and when Mouse appears to save the day. It was a little tricky timing our clicks/page turns to their music only because we barely had time to run through it beforehand, but the illustrations and the music really worked well together.
"Name That Wild Animal" was a fun segment where we projected an animal photo from a book, but revealed only a small portion so the kids could guess what it was. Then we'd reveal another section, when most would be able to get it. And finally the whole thing. This is easy to do with PowerPoint, using Shapes to cover the picture and Animations to remove them in order with a click. We took all the pictures from the "National Geographic Readers" series, which has several animal titles. These are just right for our target age, plus since they all have the same kind of look, they made a very pleasing book display.
The Gunniwolf acted out is always a success, and we had great fun with it again. This was the story we also took to the schools for our quick promotion of the event....it travels well also, since all you really need is a few flowers.
We always need a stretch break for these programs, which tend to stretch beyond our 45 minute goal, and the natural one here was to do some simple animal yoga. We did two interludes with poses from A Yoga Parade of Animals by Pauline Mainland, including Giraffe and Lion.
We closed with a quick puppet show by me based on Jan Brett's Annie and the Wild Animals. This can really be an excellent puppet show, but on this day I was a little too hurried and the kids had been sitting a little too long, so it wasn't as good as it might have been.
Overall, though, the program worked very well, and allowed us to promote some excellent picture books, non-fiction, a chapter book, and poetry.