Strauss Storytellers

At the Strauss ECE and Kindergarten, we love books!

Reading aloud is recognized as an important activity leading to language development.  As such, we have started our new enrichment program called the Strauss Storytellers.  Every Friday, the children in our 2, 3, and Pre-K classrooms will join together in the Katz Family Library and Youth Center to hear two or three books read aloud.  You will be invited to choose one of your child’s favorite books that can be read by you, a grandparent, aunt, uncle or even an older sibling.  



Otis and the Kittens

A book by LOREN LONG

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, it hasn't rained in a long time and farmers all over the valley have grown anxious with water in such short supply. One hot afternoon, when Otis and his friends are resting beneath the shade of the apple tree, Otis spots something moving down in the valleyan orange tabby cat headed straight for the old barn. But then Otis sees something else that causes his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from the same barn. A fire!

As Otis races toward the fire with his friends in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside to discover the source of the cat's worries--her little kittens are perched up on the hayloft, scared. Otis never hesitates. Yet even after he delivers a tractor full of kittens safely outside, their mama remains upset. Re-entering the burning barn, Otis discovers why: one tiny kitten, still too scared to move. With a friendly chuff, Otis coaxes her down and she scampers out the door. That's when the floor collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor. Now Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends.

(Book summary provided by GoodReads.com)

Date: Friday, March 9, 2017