Storytime: D is for Disguise

by | Jan 24, 2024 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

Have you ever worn a disguise? Dressed up in a costume or worn a mask? Disguises can change what you look like or help you blend in with your environment. For people this means special clothes or maybe a mustache. But animals sometimes use disguises too, and we call it camouflage. Camouflage is a survival strategy and widespread in the animal kingdom. Animals might use camouflage to hide from predators or sneak up on prey. Some use it to pretend to be a more dangerous animal instead of a tasty snack.

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Ages 2-5

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Some Children love to sit and listen to books, and some find other activities more interesting. Help your children enjoy books by having them participate. Ask them to join in saying a repeated phrase. ~ Lambert


Read the book “Run, Turkey, Run!”, or any book with a repeated phrase. Have the children say the repeated phrase as you read.

Books Presented

Book cover for Animal Disguises by Natalie Hyde

Animal Disguises by Natalie Hyde

Why would an animal need a disguise? This intriguing book features the fascinating ways some animals use camouflage or mimicry to conceal themselves for protection from predators, or as a way to attract prey or a mate.

Book cover for Look at Me! Look at Me! by Rose Williamson

Look at Me! Look at Me! by Rose Williamson

Cammy Chameleon has been blending in all her life to help her catch bugs, but lately it seems like no one is paying attention to her. One day, Cammy has an idea. She carefully concentrates and then, suddenly, she turns bright red. Soon Cammy realizes that showing off isn’t always worth it and that she can be happy being a regular chameleon again–at least most of the time
Book cover of First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez

First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez

Milly is thrilled to be accepted into the elite Unicorn School, although she is a donkey in disguise, but her first day reveals she has much in common with her fellow newcomers.

Book cover for Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Cammy Chameleon

I’m Cammy Chameleon
My tongue goes SNAP!
I can change my colors
When I hear a loud CLAP!

Camouflage Rhyme

Oh where oh where can my little frog be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his big, buggy eyes
And his smooth, brown skin
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my tiger be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his stripey fur
And his big, sharp teeth
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my owl be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his amber eyes
And his short, curved beak
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my gecko be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his leaf shaped tail
And his sticky toes
Oh where oh where can he be?

Source: Library Bonanza

Unicorn, Unicorn

Unicorn, Unicorn, turn around
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch the ground
Unicorn, Unicorn, reach up high
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch the sky
Unicorn, Unicorn, bend down low
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch your toes

Source: King County Library System

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a turkey wearing a disguise and holding a sign that says I'm not a turkey.

D is for Disguise

Storytime craft where you match animals to their patterns and then create a pattern to camouflage your own creature.

Camouflage Creature Craft

Cut out the animals and then match them to the squares that would provide them with camouflage. Then use the blank square and blank animal to create your own camouflage pattern.

Additional Books

Book cover for Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons spots are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep readers entertained, while back matter provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

Book cover for Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro

Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro

Tired of always changing colors, Chameleon is surprised to discover that other jungle animals are bored with their appearances, and he sets out to make each whatever color and pattern he or she wishes.
Book cover for Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon

Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon

Hungry Wolf disguises himself as a sheep and nobody suspects a thing! (Or do they?) Wolf dreams of tasty sheep–sheep sandwiches, sheep sushi, sheep tacos! In his clever sheep costume, he infiltrates the friendly neighborhood herd, blending in by helping with chores, reading bedtime stories to the lambs, and working up a sweat in sheep aerobics class. Wolf’s sneaky plan works so well, he becomes part of the family. And suddenly, the sheep don’t seem quite as tasty. . . . With a charming twist ending and lots of visual fun–including the running theme of Wolf’s disguise not being quite as convincing as he thinks–this hilarious take on the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing will have readers howling for more.

Book cover for Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Fergus the bear wants to play hide and seek with the reader, but will need help–and practice–to hide well.

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