Missing Library Book
By C.K. Emanuel
I saw a masked ninja
COVER FACE WITH HANDS, LETTING EYES PEEK THROUGH
sneaking down the hall.
MOVE HANDS LIKE TIPTOEING FEET
I watched as he climbed
MOVE HAND OVER HAND AS IF CLIMBING
right up my bedroom wall.
HANDS IN FRONT, PALM OUT, MAKING A WALL
When I let out a gasp,
BRING HANDS TO CHECKS
he turned to look;
POINT TO EYES
Then he disappeared
START HANDS DOWN, MOVE THEM UP AND OUT LIKE PUFF OF SMOKE
with my library book!
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN OPEN THEM LIKE A BOOK
So, it’s really not my fault
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
That my book is not here.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN OPEN THEM LIKE A BOOK WHILE SHAKING HEAD NO
You don’t believe me?
HAND IN FRONT OF YOU WITH PALM UP, THEN TOUCH CHEST
What if it was a bear?
HANDS MAKE CLAWS
Participation Age Range: 6 months to 8 years
Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor control, Knowledge of Library and Library Procedures (check in/ due dates), Concept of Ninjas, Knowledge of Truth/Lies
Modifications: For the older kids, it was fun to “act out” the scenario, with one child pretending to be the ninja while the other the “responsible party” for the library book. We even had one child pretend to be the librarian.
For added fun, some of the kids acted out their own scenarios- including a moose, a fire-breathing dragon (who needed a story on how to defeat a knight), as well as a Venus fly trap eating the book after mistaking it for a bug.
Themes: Ninja, Bear, Book, Library, National Library Week, Responsibility, Blame, Truth, Lies, Imagination, Neighborhood/Community