Stories, puppet shows, and reader's theater

Finding the Clown

(By Devo Carpenter. Reprinted with permission. Tell this story using pictures of the animals or small stick puppets, stuffed animals, or masks as props. Be sure to purchase bright red circle stickers for the finale. For smaller groups, have an assistant help place the stickers on each child’s nose at the end of the story. For larger groups, place a sticker on one child’s nose to end the story and then give each child a sticker as he or she leaves the program.)

My best friend and I went to the circus to see if we could find the clowns.

When we arrived at the circus, we found this funny looking fellow. (hold up an elephant)

Hey! Is this a clown? No, of course not. This is an elephant and he is blowing his nose (swing your arm out in front of your nose and up and down while making a "raspberry" sound; invite the kids to join in).

We asked the elephant, "Hey, elephant have you seen the clowns?”

The elephant said, “They went that-a-way” (point finger in air move to left-right-left-right-left)

So, we looked high and we looked low and finally we found this guy. (hold up a lion)

Hey, is he a clown? No, of course not. This is a lion, and what do lions do? They roar! Can you roar like a lion? (roar loudly)

We asked the lion, “Have you seen the clowns?”

The lion said, “They went that-a-way” (point finger in air moving it left-right-left-right-left)

So, we looked high and we looked low and then we found this guy. (hold up a bear)

Well we know that a bear is not a clown but this was not an ordinary bear. This bear is a boogie-woogie circus bear, and this is what they do. (point your pointer fingers up and sing: "boogie woogie woogie till ya just can’t boogie no more, boogie bear, bear, bear.”)

So, we asked the boogie-woogie circus bear, “Have you seen the clowns?”

The boogie woogie circus bear said, “They went that-a-way” (point finger in air moving it left-right-left-right-left)

So, we looked high and we looked low then we found this guy. (hold up a horse)

Of course, a horse is not a clown. But this pony was not an ordinary horse. This horse is a prancing circus pony (use pointer and middle fingers to make your hands dance up and down to rhythm of Russian dance music) and his was singing-dant ta dant ta dant tadan danta danta ta da da. Hey!!

We asked the prancing circus pony, “Have you seen the clowns?”

He said, “They went that-a-way” (point finger in air moving it left-right-left-right-left)

Well, we had looked really high and we had looked really low. We hadn't found the clowns and we were getting really sad because we did not know which way to go. Then we realized something we should have known all along. (pull out red round stickers and put one on each child's nose)

The clowns were right here all the time!

 



Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!


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