28 Nov 2011

THE THREE ROBBERS




The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer is a wonderful story told from a different point of view.

It teaches to consider people, situations and things from all angles. Everything has a positive and a negative side and we have to accept what at first may seem bad because it may have a wonderful ending.
The video is a good adaptation , though I will always prefer the book and its pages!

9 Nov 2011

FARMYARD TALES

The Farmyard Tales storybooks by Heather Amery and illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are a delightful choice for very young readers. The adventures in Apple Tree Farm become part of the family life. The stories are short, entertaining and fun. A good bedtime (all day) read.





The illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are easily recognised for being at the same time cuddly but not, as we say in Spanish, "cursi". In all his illustrations you can find the famous yellow rubber duck hidden somewhere in the picture. 

3 Nov 2011

I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER


When I was a teacher trainer I taught my students to sing nursery rhymes, to read, or rather, to tell stories and to say rhymes with the adequate rhythm and intonation. This is one of my favourite rhymes. I couldn't find a recording I liked (the one I was taught as a kid) so I did my own recording!



I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER
                                   
I had a little brother,
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bath tub
To teach him how to swim.

He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap.
He died last night
With a bubble in his throat.

In came the doctor.
In came the nurse.
In came the lady
With the alligator purse.

“Dead,” said the doctor.
“Dead,” said the nurse.
“Dead!” said the lady
With the alligator purse.

Out came the doctor.
Out came the nurse.
Out came the lady
With the alligator purse.

When I sang it as a kid with my classmates I always imagined the lady with an alligator purse such as this one: