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“Stinky” Facts!

Thank you to Valerie for another contribution to Science in Storytime!

Books with Skunks as a main character:

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant By Jan Thomas

Who Needs A Bath? By Jeff Mack

The Skunk By Mac Barnett

 

Although bunnies are the “politically correct” delegates for Easter, no one says other animals shouldn’t be involved! In one of Jan Thomas’ humorous book, “The Easter Bunny’s Assistant”, skunk is stealing a lot of thunder. Facts about skunks could be found in the following web links:

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/SmallMammals/fact-skunk.cfm

Skunks and Their Smelly Spray

The Long Sleepover

Ridiculous by Michael Coleman

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen

How ridiculous would it be if an animal who was supposed to hibernate, didn’t? You can enjoy finding the answer to that question by reading Ridiculous!

The book by Jane Yolen reveals what animals besides Black Bear are hibernating.

For additional activities, try http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/hibernation.html or http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/hibernation.html

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Little Stinkers

Skunk’s Spring Surprise by Leslea Newman.

After sharing this fabulous story by Newman and illustrations by Gorbachev, find some real baby skunk photos on the internet to share with children. (I got a group, “Awwwww!” from my story time group.) At the same time, find some skunk tracks to examine in your computer images. There are also skunks sounds to be heard on sites such as http://www.ferris.edu/card/kids_corner/sounds/. You may want to discuss hibernation and seasons, as well.

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Sense of Smell

 Skunkdog by Emily Jenkins

Use glass jars or some type of container, cotton balls, and various essential oils to make smelling jars. Pass them around after reading the story and let children guess the scent.

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