Flannel Friday: Wise Blackbird

Flannel Friday: Wise Blackbird

I heard this story when a 2nd grade library patron asked to read me his take home book from school and loved it and immediatly wanted to turn it into a flannel story.  I e-mailed the author, Ann Gadzikowski and she was all cool with it so here it is!

This is adapted from The Wise Blackbird by Ann Gazikowski.
(I did adjust and adapt and add to the story a bit…the original story and illustrations can be found here: http://luzhou.meiwo.com.cn/photo/99/zp/201312115453.pdf )

Once there was a bluebird who liked to brag. He looked at the sky, he looked at his wings, and he smiled. “How fine I look!” thought the bluebird. “I am as blue as the sky!” The bluebird flew high and low in the blue sky.

Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a mouse. “Hello!” said the bluebird to the mouse. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes, it is a beautiful day,” said the mouse. “The sky is a beautiful blue.” “I am blue, too,” said the bluebird. “I am beautiful, like the blue sky.” “Oh,” sighed the mouse. “I am not blue. I am gray. I am not the color of the sky.” The bluebird laughed and flew away.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a flamingo. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the flamingo. “It is a fine and sunny day.” “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird. “I am blue, like the sky.” “I am pink,” said the flamingo. “Blue is better than pink,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the flamingo. “I am not the color of the sky.” The flamingo was angry. He flew away without saying good-bye.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a frog. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the frog.  “It is a fine and sunny day.”  “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird.  “I am blue, like the sky.” “ I am green,” said the frog. “Blue is better than green,” bragged the bluebird.  “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the frog.  “I am not the color of the sky”.  The frog was sad.  He hopped away.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird looked up. He saw a blackbird at the top of a tree. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes it is,” said the blackbird. “I am blue, like the sky,” said the bluebird. “I am not blue,” said the blackbird. “I am black.” “Blue is better than black,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky.”

The blackbird was wise. “Yes, blue is beautiful,” he said. “Blue is the color of the sky.” “But the sky is not always blue. Sometimes it is gray, like a mouse. Sometimes it is pink, like a flamingo. Sometimes it is green like a frog.  Sometimes it is black, like me.”

Wise Blackbird

The bluebird was surprised. “When is the sky gray, like a mouse?” he asked. “The sky is gray on a cloudy day,” said the blackbird. “It is as gray as a mouse.”

“When is the sky pink, like a flamingo?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is pink at sunset,” said the blackbird. “It is as pink as a flamingo.”

“When is the sky green, like a frog?” asked the bluebird.  “the sky is green just before a storm, like a thunderstorm” said the blackbird.  “it is as green as a frog”.

“When is the sky black, like you are?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is black at night when the stars are shining,” said the blackbird. “It is as black as I am.”

The bluebird thought and thought. He thought about the gray mouse and the sky on a cloudy day. He thought about the pink flamingo and the sky at sunset. He thought about the blackbird and the sky at night. “You are right,” he said to the blackbird. “A mouse is as gray as the sky. A flamingo is as pink as the sky. A frog is as green as the sky. A blackbird is as black as the sky. And I am as blue as the sky.”

“We are all the colors of the sky. We are all beautiful.” The bluebird still liked being blue, but he never bragged again.

The Wise Blackbird


Thanks to Rebecca from Singing in the Stacks for hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Frog Storytime

Frog Storytime

Ribbit Ribbit! Today we had FROG storytime!  Frogs have been on my mind ever since I very recently learned about how frogs hibernate.

Frog Picture Books

Froggy Learns to Swim
Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz
the Croaky Pokey
The Croakey Pokey by Ethan Long
Big Frog Can't Fit In
Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems
Wide Mouthed Frog
The Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, Illus. by Jonathan Lambert

Frog Songs & Rhymes
The entire time I was planning this storytime I was reminded of summer camp…I can remember going on hikes and walks while singing some of these silly froggy tunes…

Mmm Ahh Went the Frog
source: aforementioned summer camp

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day
Mmm ahh went the little green frog
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day
and the little green frog went Mm ahh!

BUT we all know frogs go
(clap) Na na na na na
(clap) Na na na na na
(clap) Na na na na na
We all know frogs go
(clap) Na na na na na
and they don’t go Mm Mm Ah!

Bonus! Video of me singing it…

BONUS BONUS Jbrary also sang this song!(after I already recorded myself doing this song… should’ve checked with them first!)

Two Little Frogs
adapted by me from Two Little Blackbirds

Two little froggies sitting in the lake
One named Jane, and one named Jake
Swim away Jane, swim away Jake
Come back Jane, come back Jake!

Two little froggies sitting on the bay
One named Greg, and one named May
Jump away Greg, jump away May
Come back Greg, come back May

Five Green Speckled Frogs
source: traditional

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
eating the most delicious grub, YUM YUM
one jumped into the pool
where it was nice and cool
now there are 4 green speckled frogs
Ribbit ribbit!

….and continue done until there are no frogs left
I made a story tube for this that I got from Librarian Vs. Storytime!

I printed off the frog image from My Cute Graphics!

We also always do The Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau (the kids would probably revolt if we didn’t)

Frog Craft

This was definitely a crowd favorite! We made pop up frogs, using the template from The Craft Train!

Pop Up Frog Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Frog Storytime Ideas

Pre School Storytime- Frogs- Library Village
Frogs- Storytime Katie
PreSchool: Frogs- Never Shushed (with a similar version of Mm Ah!)
Frog tag- Librarian Vs. Storytime
All About Frogs Storytime- Wisconsin Water Library
Storytime: Frogs- Off the Library Shelf
Storytime: Frogs!- Falling Flannelboards