Children’s School celebrates Literature Week with favorite selections for young readers

Greg Funka | Staff PhotographerBijou Clinger, from New York City, reads “Piggie Pie” by Margie Palatini to students from Group 1A.

Greg Funka | Staff Photographer

Bijou Clinger, from New York City, reads “Piggie Pie” by Margie Palatini to students from Group 1A.

“Three little kittens lost their mittens” at the Children’s School this week, as the kids on Wythe Avenue enjoyed five mornings full of storytelling.

During “Children’s Literature Week,” the 3s spent time hearing nursery rhymes, while the 4s enjoyed stories by Leo Lionni: Pezzettino, Swimmy and A Color of His Own.

A Color of His Own tells the story of a chameleon who, because his skin has no color of its own, feels like he doesn’t fit in with any of the other animals.

“Parrots are green,/ goldfish are red,/ elephants are gray. All animals have a color of their own — except for chameleons,” Lionni writes.

In the end, the chameleon learns that he doesn’t need to fit in with anyone else but is perfect as he is. When he meets another chameleon, the two decide to become friends and travel together.

Lessons abound this past week, as the 5s listened to stories by author Janet Stevens along with classics such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Where the Wild Things Are by the late Maurice Sendak.

The double-bass section of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra also visited on Friday morning, just before the annual Children’s School open house.

Put simply, Week Three at Children’s School was “just right.”