A few weeks ago, something momentous happened to me: I began to develop the skill of being able to tell when a picture book would make a good flannelboard. I was flipping through the book, A Tree for Me, and I realized, “Hey…this could work as a flannelboard!” And I’m telling you, folks, it was as though the librarian gods blessed me with a new skill that I was previously lacking.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, it’s about a boy who’s looking for a tree that’s just for him. However, he finds most of the trees that he climbs are already occupied by someone: first it’s an owl, then possums, then worms, and so on and so forth. At the very end, he finds the tree for him, and it has a tree house in it!
Not only is this book easy to flannelize, but it also has a great refrain that the children can say along with you: Big one, small one, skinny one, tall one, old one, fat one, I choose that one!
I see this flannel set working one of two ways. Either you read the story and use the flannel pieces to help tell it. Or you can make into a sort of game where you hide the various animals behind the trees and have the children help you find the tree that has the tree house. You say the refrain, pick a tree, maybe have the children try to guess who might be in the tree, and then remove the tree to see if it’s the right tree for the boy, or if it’s already inhabited by an animal.
I can’t wait to try this one out!