Books on the Backstretch

By Teresa Chiv

Books to Share

  • A is For Amos by Deborah Chandra.
  • Gletta the Foal by Bruce McMillan.
  • My Pony by Susan Jeffers.
  • One Horse Waiting for Me by Patricia Mullins.
  • Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round by Bill Martin.
  • We Go in a Circle by Peggy Perry Anderson.

Books to Show or Booktalk

  • Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney.
  • Blaze and Thunderbolt by C.W. Anderson.
  • Fritz and The Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett.
  • H Is For Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet by Michael Ulmer.
  • Moonhorse by Mary Pope Osborne.

Bulletin Board

Read Your Way into the Winners Circle

Use artificial flowers, available from Michaels or other floral craft stores, to create a ring of roses on the bulletin board. Attach jackets from books about horses and horse racing inside the ring.

Nametag

Horsing Around

Use the size adjustment setting on the photocopier to reduce the size of the horse pattern or use a horse die cut, to create nametags.

Fingerplays

“My Horse” by Carla Cotter Skjong at www.geocities.com/mystorytime/horses.htm.

Action Rhymes

“Clippity, Clippity, Clop” by Sue Brown at www.geocities.com/mystorytime/horses.htm.

Giddy Up Horsey


(Traditional.)

Giddy up horsey (Trot in a circle with the children)


Go to town.


Giddy up horsey (Trot in a circle with the children)


Don’t fall down. (Sit down)

Dance and Movement Songs

This Is the Way the Ladies Ride

(Play the song, “This Is the Way the Ladies Ride,” on Mainly Mother Goose by Sharon, Lois and Bram. Have the children form a circle. Invite them to move around the circle following the words of the song below.)

This is the way the ladies ride. (Slowly trot around the circle, pretending to hold reins with your hands)


This is the way the gentlemen ride. (Move a little faster around the circle)


This is the way the farmers ride. (Move your body back and forth as you move a little faster around the circle)


This is the way the hunters ride. (Move your body back and forth more energetically, and lift your knees higher as you move)


Gallopy, gallopy, gallopy over the fence! (Continue trotting and then give a jump)

Songs

Camptown Races

(By Stephen Foster. Public domain. The music is available at NIEHS Kids’ Pages, www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/music.htm.)

The Camptown ladies sing this song,


Doo-da, Doo-da.


The Camptown racetrack's five miles long


Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin' to run all night


Goin' to run all day.


I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag


Somebody bet on the gray.

Oh, the long tailed filly and the big black horse,


Doo-da, doo-da.


Come to a mud hole and they all cut across,


Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin' to run all night


Goin' to run all day.


I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag


Somebody bet on the gray.

I went down there with my hat caved in,


Doo-da, doo-da.


I came back home with a pocket full of tin


Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin' to run all night


Goin' to run all day.


I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag


Somebody bet on the gray.

Audio Recordings

  • “The Old Grey Mare” on 100 Favorite Kids Songs by the Countdown Kids.
  • “This Is the Way the Ladies Ride,” on Mainly Mother Goose by Sharon, Lois and Bram.

Flannel Boards

Sally the Camel Has Five Humps

(Public Domain, author unknown. Use the patterns to create a camel with five removable humps. Begin by placing the camel on the flannel board with all five humps in place. As you recite the rhyme, remove humps as indicated. If you like, replace “Sally” with the names of some of the children at the program. The music is available at NIEHS Kids’ Pages, www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/music.htm if you are not familiar with this tune.)

Sally the camel has five humps. (Place the camel with all five humps on the board)


Sally the camel has five humps.


Sally the camel has five humps.


So ride, Sally, ride.

Sally the camel has four humps. (Remove one of the humps, and push the body together)


Sally the camel has four humps.


Sally the camel has four humps.


So ride, Sally, ride.

Sally the camel has three humps. (Remove one of the humps, and push the body together)


Sally the camel has three humps.


Sally the camel has three humps.


So ride, Sally, ride.

Sally the camel has two humps. (Remove one of the humps, and push the body together)


Sally the camel has two humps.


Sally the camel has two humps.


So ride, Sally, ride.

Sally the camel has one hump. (Remove the last hump, and push the body together)


Sally the camel has one hump.


Sally the camel has one hump.


So ride, Sally, ride.

Sally the camel has no humps.


Sally the camel has no humps.


Sally the camel has no humps.


Cause Sally is a horse, of course!

Puppet Shows

It’s a Horse’s Life

(By Teresa Chiv.)

Characters

  • Horse
  • Boy (or girl)

Props

  • Straw
  • Play food representing pizza, bread, and bacon
  • Towel
  • Soap
  • Bed
  • Drawing of a house
  • Drawing of a track

Setting

Outside. A track is in the background in the middle of stage. The house is on stage right. The bed is in front of the house. A barn is in the background on stage left.

HORSE: (in front of the barn, munching on straw) Hmm. This barn life is getting a little boring, especially eating straw all day. I wish I could spend the day doing what that little boy does.

BOY: (bending and stretching in front of the track) What? Oh, “hi!” horse. I was just warming down. I just finished a long run. I love to run! I am an athlete!

HORSE: Really? Well, maybe I could learn to be an athlete to. I like to run too. What do I have to do?

BOY: First of all, you have to make sure you get lots of nutritious food. For dinner, we’re having pizza. Would you like some? (he shows horse a piece of pizza) It’s so yummy and cheesy.

HORSE: (takes a bite) Yuck! That doesn’t taste anything like the delicious green grass down by the lake. I don’t think I would like that. Do I have to eat that to be a good athlete?

BOY: Well, I guess not. There are other things. Let’s see. Here, try this. (hands him bread) This is what I had for lunch. It’s a delicious sandwich of cheese and bread.

HORSE: This bread is not too bad, but I like my grains to taste a little more flavorful. Is there anything else?

BOY: Hmm, maybe you would like what I had for breakfast. It is very flavorful. (hands horse some bacon) It’s called bacon.

HORSE: (sniffs bacon) Wait a minute. I don’t think horses eat bacon. Besides, it reminds me of a pink friend of mine. No, I don’t think any of this food will work at all. Do I have to eat all of that to be in good shape?

BOY: No. I guess you could just eat your hay and grass, if that fills you up. Because you don’t want to go to bed hungry, or you won’t sleep well. And, if you don’t sleep well you won’t have enough energy to run well. In fact, it is time for bed now. Let’s get ready. Here is your soap and towel. (Boy hands soap and towel to Horse)

HORSE: Soap and towel? What do I do with these?

BOY: Why, take a bath of course!

HORSE: Take a bath? I don’t like to take baths. I get all cold and wet. You mean I have to take a bath to be a good athlete?

BOY: Well, it’s just that, after a good workout, you get kind of smelly, so a bath is a pretty good thing. But, I guess we could skip that for this one night. However, it’s time for bed now. Hop in! (Boy walks over to his bed and sits on it)

HORSE: That little box is a bed? I can’t sleep there; I’m much too big! Oh dear, I don’t think I would make a good athlete. I don’t like people food, I don’t like people baths, and I don’t like people beds!

BOY: How disappointing for you, Horse. Wait a minute, Horse! You don’t need to be a human to be an athlete.

HORSE: I don’t?

BOY: No, you can still run in a race. A horse race! There’s a big race called the Kentucky Derby. You’ll still have to get in shape but you can eat hay or oats, and sleep in a stall.

HORSE: That sounds like the life for me. Well, I’ll see you in the morning! Good night.

BOY: Good night, horse. Sleep well.

Crafts

Horse Puppet

Materials

  • Colors
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft sticks

Directions

In advance, photocopy the horse pattern. Cut out one horse pattern and ten 1-inch pieces of yarn for each child. The children will color the horse picture and glue the yarn to the mane and tail. Then glue the horse to the craft stick to have a stick puppet.

Professional Resources

Mainly Mother Goose by Sharon, Lois and Bram.

Michaels
www.michaels.com
This craft and floral supply sells many items for inexpensive crafts, decorations, and displays.


NIEHS Kids’ Pages
www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/music.htm
This site provides lyrics for hundreds of folk songs and children’s songs, many of them in the public domain.


Storytime Themes
www.geocities.com/mystorytime/horses.htm
This site provides complete storytimes for 50 different popular themes.

 



Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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