Storytime with Penny and Plantain from Pop-up Library - video transcript

This page is a video transcript of the Storytime with Penny and Plantain from the Pop-up Library video hosted on Brisbane City Council's YouTube channel. This video is 23 minutes and 42 seconds long.

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>> PENNY: Hello welcome to our online storytime. 

>> PLANTAIN: My name is Plantain. 

>> PENNY: And I'm Penny.

>> PLANTAIN: And we are from the Pop-up Library.

>> PENNY: Unfortunately, we can't be in the park with you today. But we're in the lovely children's area of Brisbane Square Library. 

>> PLANTAIN: We really hope you enjoy the session today.

>> PENNY: If you've been to one of our children's storytime sessions before, or to the Pop-up Library, you’ll know that we always start with the children's Acknowledgement to Country. Let's do it all together.

>> BOTH: 

Here is the land
here is the sky
here are my friends
and here am I.

>> PLANTAIN: Excellent, now if you’ve been at home, you might have some wriggles and some sillies that are all trapped inside. You might have been inside your house for longer than normal.  When we do the Pop-up Library storytimes, we like to get any sillies or wriggles out with a roly-poly song.  So let’s get our roly-polys (our arms) up in the air. We just go forwards, out from our bodies like this. We’re gonna get rid of our roly-polys.

Ready. 1, 2, 3.

>> BOTH: Roly, Poly, oh so slowly, roly-poly, faster, faster, faster, faster, faster, faster, faster, faster. Woooh!

>> PLANTAIN: All those sillies and wriggles have flown up into the air and now we’re all ready for storytime.

>> PENNY: Okay. The first story we’re going to read today is called Shake the Tree and the first thing I always notice about this book is that wants to be read this way. [turns the book vertical]

Can you see the words are written on the side like that? So let’s open it and see why… ooh! There’s a tree in there and there’s a little mouse and a nut. 

Mouse spots a nut.  “Mmm,” she says. “I’m going to gobble that up”.

How can the mouse get that nut? Let’s see…

So, she shakes the tree a little to the right ‘shake’ and a little to the left ‘shake’.

Has it come out yet? *shakes head* Still there. What else can she do? Lets..

Uh-oh! Who knows what that creature is? It’s a fox.

“Mmm,” says fox. “I’m going to gobble you up!”

It’s really scary. It’s a scary page that one! Look at mouse. Look at mouse’s little face!

So mouse runs up the tree.  There’s no words on that page but we can make up our own words and say mouse ran up the tree.

So fox shakes the tree to the left ‘shake, shake, shake’ and to the right ‘shake, shake, shake’.

What’s gonna come out? Uh-oh! Who knows what this creature is? It's bigger than a fox. It’s a warthog!

Need to turn this way.

“I’m going to gobble you up!”.  I think fox is going to run up the tree.  There’s mouse. There’s the nut.

Warthog shakes the tree a little to the right ‘shake, shake, shake, shake, shake’ and to the left ‘shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake’.

Uh-oh! It’s a bear. Let’s read this page together. Can you all see that word it says “Grrrrrrr!”

Look there goes warthog. Now look who’s in the tree. We can see fox, we can see mouse, the nut’s still there, and bear looks pretty keen.

So bear shakes the tree to the left ‘shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake’. Nothing’s come out yet. We can see the little leaves are falling down now though. And to the right ‘shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake’. Lots of leaves are falling down. 

“Mmmm,” says bear. “I’m going to gobble you up!”. They’re all going, “Aaargh, a delicious nut!”.

What do you think they are all saying? I think they are all going “Phew!, the bear just ate the nut." 

That’s a fun story that one, I really like how it’s a different way up, different ways of reading things. 

We’ll pop that one there.

OK.  Reading stories really makes us happy. What do you do when you’re happy Plantain?

>> PLANTAIN: I like to clap my hands [clap clap]. 

>> PENNY: And we like to stamp our feet [stomp stomp]. 

>> PLANTAIN: And then because you’re at home and you don’t have to be very quiet, you could shout "Hooray!". You could do it really loud - “Hooray”! So why don’t we all sing if you’re happy and you know it? 

We’re gonna start out with all clapping our hands.

>> BOTH:
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands [clap clap
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands [clap clap]
If you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands [clap clap] 

If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet [stamp stamp]
If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet [stamp stamp]
If you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it if you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet [stamp stamp]

If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray “Hooray!”
If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray “Hooray!”
If you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it if you’re happy and you know it shout hooray “Hooray!”.

>> PLANTAIN: Oh that was so loud! I bet your neighbours could hear you!  Okay, I’m gonna read the next story and this is absolutely one of my favourite stories to read. I read it all the time on the Pop-up Library. I read it to my boys when they were little. 

So this is Harry, the Dirty Dog, and this is by an author called Gene Zion. 

There’s Harry. It looks like he’s bringing something into the bathroom maybe. Harry the dirty dog.

Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything except having a bath. So one day, when he heard the water running in the tub, he took the scrubbing brush - there it is, what does he do with it - he buried it in the back garden!  Oh he really must not like that scrubbing brush.

Then he ran away from home. So there he is, running down the street, going past the fruit and vegetable shop.

He played where they were mending the street and he got very dirty. Now i don’t know if you can see him - there he is there - looks like he’s playing in the dirt he looks quite happy though.  

He played by the railway and he got even dirtier.  Now it’s quite tricky to find him on this page because he’s a white dog with black spots I don’t know if you can spy where he is. I think he’s gone up the steps.  There he is above the train where all the soot and dirt are coming out but he still looks quite happy.

He played tag with the other dogs, and he became dirtier still.  Now can you spot Harry at home? I think this is him here coming through the pipe. It’s very dirty but he still looks quite happy.   

He slid down a pole chute, and he got the dirtiest of all. In fact he had changed from a white dog with black spots, to a black dog with white spots. There he is he looks different. In fact if we look back at the cover, that’s what he looked like at the beginning. He was a white dog with black spots, and now he looks like this. Okay, so he’s still out on his adventure. He still looks like he’s enjoying himself.  

Although there were many other things to do Harry began to wonder if his family thought that he had really run away. He felt tired and hungry too. So without stopping on the way he ran back home. He must be feeling like he has to see his family again. 

When Harry got to his house he crawled through his fence and sat looking at the back door. Can you see him there? He looks a little bit worried.

One of the family looked out and said “Oh look there’s a strange dog in the back garden.  By the way has anyone seen Harry?”  So they’re looking out the back door, but they don’t realise it’s Harry.  

When Harry heard this he tried very hard to show them that he was Harry.  He started to do all his old clever tricks. He flip-flopped - there he is - and he flop-flipped. He rolled over and he played dead. He’s got some excellent tricks.  Do you guys have a doggie at home that can do such excellent tricks?  He danced and he sang. He did these tricks over and over again, but everyone shook their heads and said “Oh, no, no, that couldn’t be Harry”.  So they don’t recognise that it’s Harry! He’s trying really hard though.

Harry gave up.  He walked slowly towards the gate.  But suddenly he stopped.  He ran to a corner of the garden and started to dig furiously. Soon he jumped away from the hole, barking short, happy barks. Remember what he had buried in the back garden? He’d found the scrubbing brush, and carrying it in his mouth, he ran into the house.  Up the stairs he dashed, with the family following closely.  He jumped into the bathtub and sat up begging, with the scrubbing brush in his mouth - a trick he certainly had never done before. “This little doggie wants a bath,” cried the little girl. Her father said, “Why don’t you and your brother give him one?”.  Now look at this page. So many bubbles in that bath.

Harry’s bath was the soapiest one he’d ever had. It worked like magic. As soon as the children started to scrub they began shouting “Mummy, Daddy, look, look, come quick”.  I think they’ve realised who it is. “It’s Harry, it’s Harry, it’s Harry!” they cried.  

Harry wagged his tail and was very, very happy. His family combed and brushed him lovingly and he became once again a white dog with black spots. He looks very happy doesn’t he.  

It was wonderful to be home.  After dinner Harry fell asleep in his favourite place, happily dreaming of how much fun it had been getting dirty.  He slept so soundly he didn’t even feel the scrubbing brush he'd hidden under his pillow. There he is, he looks very happy. 

We’ll put that back there. 

>> PENNY: That’s a great story! Now do you like having baths? It’s very important that we keep ourselves really clean and lately you might have also heard people talking about washing your hands a bit more than you usually do. There’s lots of things we do when we wake up in the morning.

>> PLANTAIN: Do you brush your teeth when you wake up?

>> PENNY: Definitely, of course I do!

And, we need to brush our hair, and we definitely need to wash our hands. So let’s practice those things in a song. 

>> BOTH:
This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth, early in the morning.

This is the way we brush our hair, brush our hair, brush our hair,
This is the way we brush our hair, early in the morning.

>> PENNY: Now when we wash our hands, we have to rub between our fingers and we go...

>> BOTH:
This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands, early in the morning.

>> PENNY: Now Plantain and I have been talking about how long we need to wash our hands for and we came up with a good way that you can do it at home by singing the ABC song because we all know the ABC song. 

>> PLANTAIN: Yeah!

>> PENNY: So when we do it, we have to remember to not just wash the front of our hands, but the backs and in between and our thumbs, So let’s do it together while we sing the ABC song. 

>> BOTH:
A B C D E F G, H I J K L M N O P, Q R S, T U V, W X Y and Z.  Now I know my A B C, next time won’t you sing with me. 

>> PENNY: There’s lots of handwashing songs out there, but we like the ABC song because we all know it and it reminds us how long to wash our hands for. Then we rinse them off and put all those germs down the sink. Then a shake and they’re ready to go again. 

>> PLANTAIN: All done. Okay, so one of the songs that we also like to do on the Pop-up Library is a popcorn song. 

Now when we are out and about with the Pop-up Library, we have scarves that we use for this song. While you’re at home, you might have a tea towel that you could use. So you could ask your grown up if you can use  a tea towel or a scarf at home to do this.  

So we are going to pretend that the scarf is some popcorn.  We all know that popcorn’s a yummy snack, so this is a really easy song to remember. So let’s get our popcorn ready and wave the scarves in the air as we sing this song. 

>> BOTH:
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in a pot, in a pot,
Shake them shake them shake them, shake them shake them shake them,
‘til they pop, ‘til they pop.

>> PLANTAIN: You guys did an excellent job I’m sure, but just in case you didn’t get the words the first time, let’s do it again. It's such a lovely song.  And for grown-ups who might be watching our storytime, we do this one a little slowly just because it can take little hands an extra minute or second to get their popcorn in the pot. So we like to do it quite slow.

>> BOTH:
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in a pot, in a pot,
Shake them shake them shake them, shake them shake them shake them,
‘til they pop, ‘til they pop.

>> PLANTAIN: Oh, such a good job. Is everyone’s popcorn ready? Yummy! 

OK, another one we like to do (and this is a really lovely one to do with your grown-up as well), is 'Put a spot over there'.  Now we might do some spots. Let’s practice those spots [spot, spot, spot]. And then we’re gonna do big stripes, let’s get our stripes [stripe, stripe, stripe]. And then we’re gonna do some silly squiggles [squiggle, squiggle, squiggle]. OK, so everyone get your scarves or your tea towels ready. 

>> BOTH:
Put a spot over here, put a spot over there. 
Put a spot in your ear and a spot on your hair
Put a lot of little spots in the air everywhere, it’s a spotty kind of day.

Put a stripe over here, put a stripe over there. 
Put a stripe in your ear and a stripe on your hair
Put a lot of little stripes in the air everywhere, it’s a stripy kind of day.

Put a squiggle over here, put a squiggle over there. 
Put a squiggle in your ear and a squiggle in your hair
Put a lot of little squiggles in the air everywhere, it’s a squiggly kind of day.

>> PLANTAIN: Ah, excellent work!

>> PENNY: Now, we’ve got time for one more story, so we thought we’d read one of our big books because it can be easier to see the picture if you’ve got a lovely big book.  This one’s called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and this is another one that’s been around for a very, very, very long time. I read this when I was a little girl, and I read it to my own little girl. It’s a really beautiful book that we all love by Eric Carle. 

In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf. Can you see it there it’s just a little white spot on the leaf, very tiny, and there’s the beautiful moon.  I might just pop that up there and we can each hold one side. 

One Sunday morning, the warm sun came up and – pop! Out of the egg came a tiny, and very hungry caterpillar. 

He started to look for some food. 

On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.  

On Tuesday he ate through two pears, but he was still hungry

On Wednesday he ate through one, two, three plums, but he was still hungry. There he goes he’s eaten right through the page!

On Thursday he ate through one, two, three, four strawberries, but he was still hungry. 

On Friday he ate through one, two, three, four, five oranges, but he was still hungry.  Oh my goodness can you imagine eating through all of that and still being hungry? Let’s see what he’s going to eat next. Oh, look at all that food!

On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream, one pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and a slice of watermelon! Can you imagine?

That night he had a stomachache. That’s a lot of food.  That’s a lot to eat all in one day. Let’s see what he does about his stomach-ache. 

The next day was Sunday again.  The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf and after that he felt much better. 

Now he wasn’t hungry anymore - and he wasn’t a little caterpillar any more.

He was a big fat caterpillar.  

He built a small house called a cocoon, around himself.  He stayed inside for more than two weeks.

Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out – what do you think’s gonna happen?
Oh – he was a beautiful butterfly!

Isn’t that beautiful? You might like to paint a butterfly at home.  You could do it by putting some paint on one side of some paper and squidging it together and you can make some beautiful butterfly shapes like that as well. 

That’s a very beautiful story.

>> PLANTAIN: We’ve really picked all of our favourite stories for you today and one of our favourite songs that we love to do is – I wonder if you can guess? This is our friend, and his name is 'Galumph'.

So maybe at home, maybe you have a froggy toy at home, or maybe you can show us your froggy mouth like this and we’re gonna sing our favourite song.

>> BOTH:
Galumph went the little green frog one day,
Galumph went the little green frog,
Galumph went the little green frog one day,
And the frogs went galumph, galumph, galumph. 

But we all know frogs go la-di-da-di-dah,
la-di-da-di-dah, la-di-da-di-dah,
We all know frogs go la-di-da-di-dah,
They don’t go galumph, galumph, galumph.

>> PLANTAIN: Lovely 

>> PENNY: You might have some other favourite songs that you like to sing at home and we will think of some more songs that we like to sing as we go, but one of the songs we always like to finish off with is 

>> BOTH: Open, shut them. 

>> PENNY: Are we ready everybody? 

>> PLANTAIN: So let’s get your open hands up and we like to finish this one with a wave goodbye. See you can wave goodbye to us as well.

>> BOTH:
Open, shut them, open, shut them, 
Give a little clap,
Open, shut them, open, shut them, 
Lay them in your lap

Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them, 
Right up to your chin,
Open wide your little mouth, but
Do not let them in!

Shake them, shake them, shake them, shake them, 
Shake them just like this,
Roll them, roll them, roll them, roll them, 
Blow a little kiss.

Wave them, wave them, wave them, wave them, 
High up in the sky,
Wave to me, I’ll wave to you, 
Let’s all say bye-bye.

>> PENNY: Bye-bye. Thank you for joining us today.

>>PLANTAIN: We hope you are all staying healthy and well and we look forward to seeing you back in the library soon. 

>> PENNY: Make sure you check in regularly to the Brisbane Libraries Facebook page as we’ll be uploading lots of little videos and ideas.

>> PLANTAIN: Bye bye.

>> PENNY: Thanks for joining us, bye!

Last updated:29 April 2020
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