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Started by SorrellA on Mar 1, 2011 7:23:59 PM
The Tiger Who Came To Tea

and other children's books. Deconstruct The Very Hungry Caterpillar here.

Sioncorn - 01 Mar 2011 19:27:01 (#1 of 4703)

I think The Very Hungry Caterpillar might be an allegory for all the greed surrounding Christmas. Certainly by the day after Boxing Day, I usually quite fancy one nice green leaf.

SorrellA - 01 Mar 2011 19:35:42 (#2 of 4703)

I did read somewhere that someone persuaded her toddler son to eat greens by pointing out how much better the caterpillar felt.

Sioncorn - 01 Mar 2011 19:57:06 (#3 of 4703)

Yes, I always read that page in a warm, comforting voice. I am the only one in my house who enjoys eating green stuff, so it's clearly not working in my case though.

SorrellA - 01 Mar 2011 21:17:48 (#4 of 4703)

J does get a lot more excited about the page with salami and chocolate cake.

ChapeauNo5 - 01 Mar 2011 21:40:55 (#5 of 4703)

A salami and two Scottish eggs.

Sorcha65 - 01 Mar 2011 22:19:15 (#6 of 4703)


SionedGoch - 01 Mar 2011 22:23:50 (#7 of 4703)

I wish I'd had it read to me when I was little. I try but I just don't like green leaves. Unless they're steamed cabbage leaves.

RoseRed - 02 Mar 2011 08:20:25 (#8 of 4703)

pigbagging - 03 Mar 2011 09:31:36 (#9 of 4703)

That is absolutely excellent

blaithin - 03 Mar 2011 14:39:59 (#10 of 4703)

As mentioned on the previous incarnation of this thread, we are loving Allan Ahlberg's books about the Gaskitt family. M has read The Man Who Wore All His Clothes and The Woman Who Won Things so far, although the latter gives me flashbacks to the upsetting but excellent Roddy Doyle book of a similar name.

There are at least two more and we're looking forward to them. I love that they are proper books with proper titles and that M can read me an engaging story for a change.

Her reading age seems to be rocketing exponentially, but that's for another thread.

Cavewoman - 04 Mar 2011 00:11:41 (#11 of 4703)

Did anyone hear the wonderful BBC Radio 4 programme on The Tiger Who Came to Tea ? It was the kind of thing at which R4 excels. Intercut with clips of an infants teacher reading the story were clips from an interview with Judith Kerr and reminiscences from various people for whom the book had been a fixture in their childhoods. Plus, of course, a feminist deconstruction - why was it only the patriarch, with his disposable income, who'd been able to rescue Sophie and her mother from their tea-less state by taking them out for sausages? Sadly, it's not available to listen to again via the BBC website.

As for The Hungry Caterpillar (no "very"), I read it to my children 30-odd years ago, have bought it for lots of children since, most recently for my grandchildren. I suspect I get at least as much pleasure from it as they do - but it's really not fair to burden it with moral messages!

Cavewoman - 04 Mar 2011 01:38:59 (#12 of 4703)

Sorcha65 - There's a whole new Books folder on this site, and people are asking anxiously after you in the Books Diary thread. I quote: pushkin - Anyone seen Sorcha? Essential element of any book thread imo. and Jenny28 Yes, I had noticed marked absence of Sorcha, which would be a huge loss to any group of book-lovers.

Just so's you know!

Sorcha65 - 04 Mar 2011 11:09:46 (#13 of 4703)

Thanks, Cavewoman! I've been posting on some other books threads, but haven't really posted on the Diary thread for a few years. I'll look in to say hello.

Cavewoman - 04 Mar 2011 17:17:52 (#14 of 4703)

There's now a "What are you reading" thread, too . . .

brouhahaha - 05 Mar 2011 19:04:24 (#15 of 4703)

My daughter requested Mog and the Granny the other day. We've had a second-hand copy for ages but I'm not sure I'd ever read it before. Nice pics but golly what a dull tale, and that's coming from a devoted fan of Mog And Bunny.

I bought a compendium of How Do Dinosaurs...? stories from whatever that cheapo book shop is called (The Works?) and they're going down well with my dino-obsessed children. The text can be read in the time it takes to turn the next page, which is a good thing as far as the impatient Boy is concerned, and I like the retro style of the illustrations.

SorrellA - 05 Mar 2011 19:38:56 (#16 of 4703)

Oh, I like How Do Dinosaurs - must look out for that. We had a couple from the library once. That's where they demonstrate good behaviour?

brouhahaha - 05 Mar 2011 19:40:11 (#17 of 4703)

Yes, they encourage you not to slurp, burp, bash, crash etc

Ricolas - 05 Mar 2011 20:08:43 (#18 of 4703)

My little one gets Quentin Blakes's utterly lovely Mr Magnolia every night. She loves it. And I have yet to ger bored with it myself, with all the noises I can make to it, and the detail in the pictures.

BeezerB - 05 Mar 2011 20:47:53 (#19 of 4703)

Mr Magnolia is popular here as is KIDS.

Universal2 - 06 Mar 2011 18:10:26 (#20 of 4703)

After we'd had today's stories (three of them) I told H I'd never read TTWCTT. She has very kindly offered to bring it next time so that I can read it to her.

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