Friday, January 24, 2014

Sixes Students Go Bananas over the Book, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo!

Look who came to visit us at Sixes Elementary!

Grace Milsaps and Ryan Murphy, authors of the book, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo!  arrived early in their green-alligator-mobile, loaded down with books and bananas (yes, bananas) to share with kindergarten, first and second grade students.  Grace has taught preschool on three continents while Ryan is a lawyer, a writer and a former Cherokee County student.  Grace developed a love of children's literature through her teaching and Ryan credits his mother, a teacher in the Cherokee County schools, with introducing him to great books and instilling a love of reading as a child.  Once they decided to write a children's story, they brainstormed with illustrators and friends, John Clark IV and Allyson Kilday to create the enchanting story about the animals at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, who party all night and sleep all day. 

Kindergarten students were treated to a fun rendition of the story.

 There were opportunities to dance and make animal noises just like in the book.  

Ms. Williamson's class gave the book an enthusiastic ten and thought it was a WOW of a story.


First and second graders played a version of a game show and identified mystery animals, guessed what an elephant weighs or the age of the oldest animal on earth.  When stumped for an answer, contestants could call friends in the audience on the banana phone for expert advice.

Contestants earned bananas instead of points, with the final winner accumulating a record fifteen bananas to share with friends. 

That's a lot of bananas!!!

The book and the authors were a huge hit!!  We hope you come and visit again soon!

Want to purchase a copy of the book?  Here it is:

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