- The average male gorilla stands between 5 and 7 feet.
- The arm span of an average male gorilla is almost 9 feet!
- The average male gorilla eats over 40 pounds of food per day, the average American person eats 5-6 pounds of food per day.
- Gorillas are herbivores – they eat leaves, shoots, roots, vines and fruits.
- The lifespan of an average male gorilla is 35 years. Ivan lived to be 50 years old.
- There are 4 subspecies of gorillas: Eastern lowland, Mountain, Western lowland, Cross River.
- Gorillas are an endangered species, there are less than 300 Cross River gorillas left in the world.
- The One and Only Ivan is fictional, but was inspired by a true story.
- Ivan was a male Western lowland gorilla.
- Ivan was captured in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Ivan and (what is believed to be) his sister were captured as infants and brought to the United States. Ivan’s sister died shortly after arriving.
- Ivan was raised in a home until he became too big and unmanageable. He was moved to the B&I Circus Store in Tacoma, Washington.
- Ivan’s cage in Tacoma was only 40 feet by 40 feet!
- Ivan spent 27 years alone in his cage without seeing another of his kind.
- When the mall where Ivan lived went bankrupt (they didn’t have any money), he was moved to the Zoo Atlanta. Before his move to Atlanta, Georgia, Ivan spent a short time at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
The library menagerie is constantly growing…
My latest library bulletin board was inspired by Courtney and her stunning Teaching in Paradise blog. When I was looking for genre posters on TPT (and desperately wishing I could do graphic design), I came across this set from Ginger Snaps Treats (you can also find her on Teachers Notebook). I loved the poster set so much that I bought my own home laminator and now they are shiny and eternally beautiful.
I found a fun ocean-themed clip art set from MyClipArtStore on Etsy and the color scheme just popped! I made some coral using construction paper, tempera paint and a crumpled paper towel and voilà!
Starting a new job is always scary. Heck, for me, being anywhere new is scary. So, when this email popped up in my inbox this week, I felt like I’ve found where I’m meant to be.
Becky! It was so exciting to go to the library the other day with [my son] only to
discover that the floor was transformed into a street with tons of cars and
more to play with. [He] was in heaven! So thankful for our creative and
hardworking librarian Becky. She is a gem.
Now, I share this not to toot my own horn, but because it’s these little gestures that let me take a deep breath and go, okay, maybe I’m actually doing a good job at this. For today at least. This is my sixth year as a school librarian and I still wonder when I’m going to feel like I “know” what I’m doing. With that being said, my “Cars, Trucks and Things That Go Vroom” storytime had the type of energy that assured me I was on the right path.
Book: Sheep in a Jeep
by: Nancy Shaw
This was a favorite
in my house growing up and it’s still a timeless classic! The kids love
the rhyming and how careless the sheep are with their jeep.
Book: Mr. Grumpy’s Motor Car
by: John Burningham
I think there is something so charming about the illustrations of John Burningham’s books. The story is cute but the ending left the kids saying, “So what happened?” And my only response could be, “Nothing, they all went home.” Followed by crickets… I love this book, but I don’t think it lends itself well to a class read-aloud.
Book: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
by: Richard Scarry
As much as I love Richard Scarry (and I seriously love him!), some of his books aren’t very conducive to a preschool storytime. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go is a huge hit with the kids, but I simply read the first few pages, we found Goldbug (the adorable little insect hiding on many of the pages) and then I encouraged them to check it out and explore the pages at home.
It’s interesting that a month ago I had never heard of Tu B’Shevat and now, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite Jewish holidays. It certainly provides ample opportunities to decorate the library. And I will take any excuse I can get in order to decorate. Needless to say, when I saw Dena’s beautiful line-drawn trees over at Chai & Home, I knew I had to try to create some garland of my own.
First and foremost, I will never claim to be an artist. I can trace like a madman, but anything beyond that usually turns out to be a disappointment. So, when Dena said that the trees were “dead easy to draw even if you never, ever, ever draw,” I thought I was good to go. Well, you be the judge. I think some are adorable and others are, well… a little lopsided-rainbow-ish looking.
Regardless, once they were hung in the library (from a distance) they added a nice, rustic touch and I loved the look of the recycled brown paper bag and cotton string. I just adore the little clothespins (granted, I have to adore them, I think I drove 30+ miles to get them). And the best part, because the school is settled in a beautiful forest-y area, I think the garland might stay up in the window for the foreseeable future.