The Starry Giraffe

“The Starry Giraffe” is written by Andy Bergmann. It tells the story of an apple loving giraffe who is hungry for a snack but winds up sharing all his apples with his animal friends.

I start the story on with the apple tree with loose apples on the board. For each animal that asks the giraffe for an apple an apple is removed from the tree until all the apples are gone. In the end the second apple tree is added for the giraffe to snack on.

The mouse, raccoon, rabbit, and skunks are pattern from Downeast Thunder Farm. Everything else is clipart from Shutterstock.

The Turnip

The pattern and words for the retelling of the Russian folktale is from Judy Sierra’s The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, second edition.

The Turnip
A Russian Folktale

Once there was an old man, so old, in fact, that his old back went crick crack, crick crack when he walked. The old man planted a turnip seed in the ground. He waited for the green leaves to sprout, first a little, then a lot, and when the old man saw how tall the leaves grew, he said, “This is no ordinary turnip! This is a great, big enormous turnip!” And he grabbed the turnip leaves down hear the ground, and he pulled mmmmmmh! and he pulled mmmmmmh! and he pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the old woman, and the old man said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The old woman said, “Let me help.” So the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the little girl, and the old woman said, “Fee, fie, for, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The little girl said, “Let me help.” So the little girl held onto the old woman, and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmmh! and they pulled mmmmmmh! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the dog, and the little girls said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The dog said, “Let me help.” So dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came a cat, and the dog said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The cat said, “Let me help.” So the cat held onto the dog and the dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the mouse, and the cat said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The cat said, “Let me help.”

“Ha, ha, ha!” laughed the cat. “What help can a little mouse be?”

“You never know,” said the mouse. So the mouse held onto the cat and the cat held onto the dog and the dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! and the turnip came out!

Sure enough, it really was a great, big, enormous turnip.

Mother and Baby Match

I got the idea for this flannel board from Jen. I used photos on actual animals instead of felt because I wanted children to have realistic images to put with the proper names. Everything was printed on card stock and laminated for durability since I have children come up to help me and do the actual matching of animals as I read the rhyme. There is Velcro on the back to get it to stick to the felt board.

Mother and Babies Match

Start with one baby animal on the flannelboard.

This baby makes a mooing sound
When his mother’s not around.
Calf is the name of this baby.
What is his mother called?
COW!

Add the mother to the flannelboard after the audience answers.

Barking…puppy…dog
Meowing…kitten…cat
Quacking…duckling…duck
Oinking…piglet…pig
Growling…cub…bear
Roaring…cub…lioness
Cheeping…chick…hen