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:
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
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.
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.