Last week for Pre K storytime, we read One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root. I have done this with Kindergarten in the past and it has worked really well with them so I thought I'd give it a try with Pre-K. It went...ok. Not bad, just ok. I made pictures of the animals in the story that try to help duck get unstuck from the muck and put them on popsicle sticks. Then I make a "mud puddle" out of brown butcher paper to lay on the floor. As I read, the kid with the duck stays up front on the mud puddle and each animal that tries to help comes up and pretend pulls on the duck to get him unstuck. It is REALLY important that you tell them to pretend pull on them. Otherwise you'll have broken arms and bloody noses and ducks that aren't stuck in the muck and your storytime will be an epic fail. J/K. But for reals, you do have to tell them to pretend pull or the duck gets unstuck every time and that is counter-productive. My favorite part of this story is the chant on each page where duck says, "Help! Help! Who can help?" And I have the students say it with me. If there is one thing I have learned about little kids, they love a good fun chant. Anyways, this is just a really good read aloud even if you don't have all the props to go with it.