Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, by Margaret Chodos-Irving. It’s time for Ella Sarah to get dressed, and she has very specific ideas about what she wants to wear. Although her mother, her father, and her older sister all have suggestions about what she should wear instead, Ella Sarah is ultimately able to choose the perfect colorful, fancy outfit. Preschoolers will declare her outfit to be beautiful, while parents will give a knowing chuckle.
Dog in Boots, by Greg Gormley and Illustrated by Roberta Angaramo. Dog has just finished a marvelous book about a cat wearing beautiful boots, so he decides that he might like to have boots, too. He returns to the shoe shop multiple times in search of the perfect footwear for his daily dog activities, such as running, digging, swimming, and scratching. Little does Dog know, but he has the perfect footwear and he doesn’t even know it. This book is really cute–by far the favorite illustration among all my groups was the one with Dog wearing high heels!
Polly’s Pink Pajamas. By Vivian French, Illustrated by Sue Heap. Polly just loves her pink pajamas, so much so that she wears them all the time. But now that Fred has invited her to a party, what will she wear? She borrows clothing from all of her friends only to find that the resulting outfit is unsuitable for a party! In a fun surprise ending, Polly finds that she has the perfect party attire!
Flannelboard: Let’s play in the forest while the wolf is not around. This brilliant idea came from Read, Sarah, Read! I made my clothing pieces with felt, using puffy paint for accents. As suggested by Sarah, I did the story as a call and response story. I said, “Let’s play in the forest while the wolf is not around” and the kids said “Oh Wolf! Are you there?” Then the wolf would show just the tops of his ears above the flannelboard and say “Yes, but I’m putting on my underwear!” (prepare for peals of laughter). I decided to take the pieces off of the clothesline and hand them to the wolf behind the flannelboard. After he got his backpack, he declared that he *was* there and that he was starving for….pancakes? The kids absolutely adored this story. Thanks again, Sarah!