Friday, March 6, 2015

We "heart" Flannel Friday

I've looked at clouds from all sides now....

Charles G. Shaw's simply perfect book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk will forever mark the beginning of my library career.  I had missed this gem, published in 1947, until my very first library job.  I have never flannelized it because whenever I've worked in public librarianship I have made sure to purchase multiple copies for parallel reading.  That was exactly how the inimitable Nancy DeSalvo, Head of Children's Services in Farmington CT, used the book and how I use it to this day.  Multiples.  You just don't need to mess with a good thing. I tip my hat to Nancy.

Nancy's book

I have created additional clouds to extend the book into that tactile, flannel board exploration place.  Love that place.  The book invites you to play - so we do.  I have a basket of clouds and the little ones are encouraged to come up and place a cloud on the flannel board.  And then we guess.  I do cover the bright red flannel board with navy blue for this.  I'm a believer in the dark blue/white (or black/white)contrast for focusing on shapes and identifying them.  It really makes the soft cloud lines appear sharper.  

So here's what I have for today, our Flannel Friday Birthday celebration!    

Piper and I added the FF clouds just for this occasion
Indeed, we "heart" Flannel Friday!

If you'd like the templates for the clouds in the book - you will find them here
StoryTime Katie posted this book in flannels - take a look

Thank you for visiting Piper Loves the Library.  If you would like more information about the incredibly supportive, generous and talented group known as Flannel Friday visit the official blog.  You'll love it.  

P.S. (Piper Script): sometimes I bark at clouds.


  1. I love the Flannel friday version, Jane.

  2. What a great extension idea - have always loved this book but have never thought about what to do next. Thanks!

  3. Jane, love the idea of the extra cloud shapes to extend the play!


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