|I am sitting in an upholstered rocker with Coach in coat at my feet. Mrs. Edwards is on my right hand side and the children are seated in front of me.|
|This photo shows the whole group watching me read the book . You can see the backs of the students and me and Mrs. Edwards facing them.|
|Here I am showing them a page in the book and reading something dramatically. Coach is yawning and Mrs. Edwards is smiling.|
Coach decided he loved the story time rug. He took a bite. Mrs. Edwards, who was in charge of Coach wrangling, pulled him back to the center. He sighed. The story ended.
Then everyone lined up to pet him.
One little girl told me in a very serious voice, "You have the most beautiful dog."
"Why thank you. I agree." There were several who told me about their dogs as they gave Coach a body pat and moved on (they were in a single file line). Then there were three little girls at the end and they didn't really want to pet Coach, but they also didn't want to not pet Coach. It was a dilemma.
Finally, the one girl came up and put three fingertips on his thigh. "Thank you," she whispered. Her friends followed quickly: one fingertip, then four fingertips. Then they were gone.
Story time was over.
Until next week. We have one more command performance.