The Kind Cathy Caterpillar

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Cathy Caterpillar

THE KIND CATHY CATERPILLAR

Idea:  (Prompt): Oak Tree

Dictated by: The Little Author (Bambi).

Written by: Mum (Yours Truly) just as dictated.

Me: Once upon a time there was a big Oak tree.

Bambi: On the tree lived a tiny caterpillar. She was called Cathy Caterpillar.

Me: One day she saw a large leaf and thought, ” Ooh! A lovely big leaf! I can munch on it all day.”

Bambi: Nooo, Cathy was a kind Caterpillar. She didn’t munch on Mr Oak’s leaves. 

Me: What did she eat then?

Bambi: Only fruits and vegetables.

Me: But the Oak tree doesn’t have fruits and vegetables.

Bambi: That’s why Cathy moved house. 

Me: Where to? Tesco?

Bambi: No, Cathy moved to the Caterpillar World.

Me: Caterpillar world! Hmm.. Interesting! What’s that?

Bambi: In the Caterpillar World there are lots of vegetables and fruits. So Caterpillars don’t have to eat leaves from the trees. 

Me: (wondering what next) 

Bambi: Cathy ate lots of fruits and veggies for breakfast and lunch in her cocoon and soon she became a beautiful butterfly. 

Me: Great!

Bambi: One morning she went back to the Oak tree and laid an egg on a leaf. After many days a tiny caterpillar came out of that egg. Her name was Rosie. She was also kind like her Mommy. So she went to the Caterpillar World. Her family was happy to see her.  THE END

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Nice to note transformation of the Caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly and beyond. Thanks to Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Once we were done with the story, I thought I could get Bambi to do some painting and so suggested:

Me: How about you illustrating your story now? 

Bambi: Can you please ask Axel Scheffler* to do that?  This story is written by Bambi & Amma BUT Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 

Me : 😀  😀

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*Axel Scheffler is a popular Children’s books’ Illustrator.

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Upside Down

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter U, I am choosing Upside Down.

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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  U for Upside Down

One evening when Bambi was about two years old,I saw her reading a book by herself. It was a board book about Micky the monkey who wished he was different. Bambi was reading aloud the story and pointing to the pictures and enjoying it. As I went closer I realised that Bambi had held the book upside down. I was surprised that she hadn’t figured that out already especially as this was a book that we had read several times before. As I didn’t want to interrupt, I let her carry on with the upside down book. Towards the end of the book there is a page where Micky is hanging from a tree with his tail (as in picture above). As Bambi opened that page and saw the picture, she paused for a second as she realised that she had been reading the book upside down. It was interesting to see what she did next. Instead of simply turning the book to correct its position, Bambi took herself to other side of the book ! :-). She then continued to read, ‘after all it’s not bad being different ‘(that’s how the story goes at the point coincidentally!). I just stood there wondering : Would it not have been simpler to just turn the book? I didn’t know what to say but when Preeth heard this he said its called ‘thinking out of the box’; and it’s indeed not bad being different!

Fast forward a couple of years…last year Bambi wrote (narrated actually) a story; A story about an upside down forest.


THE UPSIDE DOWN FOREST

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Idea Courtesy: Internet (The crocodile was enjoying warm sunshine. The Bird said …?)

Narrated by:  The Little Author ( Bambi).

Written by:   Mum (Yours Truly) just as narrated.

One day the Crocodile was lying upside down and enjoying the sunshine. The Little bird said, “It’s a lovely day with good sunshine. I want to join you.”

The crocodile said, “of, course you can Bird! “.

The Crocodile didn’t eat the bird. The bird tumbled over and then turned upside down.

They played games together and they were best friends forever.

Crocodile’s Mommy came.  She said, ” Time to play with the rabbit now.  Don’t forget to take your friend bird with you!”.

Rabbit also went upside down. They all went upside down actually.

A frog came there. “Ribbit, ribbit, Can I join your game? It looks such fun.  Is there room on the grass for a frog like me?”

“Yes, you can”. Said the crocodile.

Then all the Mommies and Daddies came. “Can we join too?” They asked.

“Of course, you can!” Said the Crocodile and his friends.

“Thank you!”  Said all Mommies and Daddies.

They all went upside down. Soon whole forest was upside down.

The end.


From nearly turning herself upside down to correct a book that she had been reading upside down, to writing a story about an upside down forest, I think Bambi has done well. Don’t you agree?

Penguin Love

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter P, I am choosing Penguin.
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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  P for Penguin Love

PENGUIN LOVE

Idea: Original.

Dictated by: The Little Author (Bambi).

Written by: Mum (Yours Truly) just as dictated.

Once upon a time there was a penguin. Her name was Nicey. Nicey was a good, good, good penguin. She had a friend called Lilly. Lilly was a penguin too.

Nicey wanted to make a dress for Lilly for her birthday. She took a paper and drew a beautiful dress. Then she took a scissor and cut out the dress. She was really really careful with the scissors because scissors can be fiddly. Then she went to bed. That night she had a dream. She saw her friend Lilly in her dream.  Lilly said, “You are the best friend in the whole wide world.”

Next morning Nicey went to market to buy pink cloth to make the dress. She found a shimmery pink cloth in the shop. She brought it home. Then she placed the paper dress on top of the cloth to make a pink shimmery dress. Then she snipped and sewed and snipped and sewed. The pink dress was ready. Nicey’s Mum said, “What a pretty dress!’’.

Then it was Lilly’s birthday. Nicey met a squirrel. The squirrel said, “Don’t forget to wrap Lilly’s pretty dress!” Nicey wrapped Lilly’s dress in a present paper and tied a ribbon. She then went to Lilly’s house.

Nicey gave Lilly her present – her birthday present. She said, “It’s beautiful! I really like my dress!” Lilly’s Mum said, “Wow! A present! Who brought this present?’’ Lilly said, “My best friend gave me this present”.  Mum said, “You must say Thank You!” So Lilly Said, “Nicey, Thank you very much for my present. It’s lovely.  You are my best friend!’’.

The End.

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Julia Donaldson

This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter J, I am choosing Julia Donaldson.

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A to Z Challenge April 2016:  J for Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular authors of children’s books who has written over 150 picture books. Currently Julia Donaldson is Bambi’s favourite author and Bambi loves her popular titles such as ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Gruffalo’s child’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘The smartest giant in town’. We have read all the books in the picture above and a few more, over and over again. These books are beautiful, Simple, funny, interactive and thoroughly enjoyable.  What really sets Julia Donaldson books apart from the rest is the effective use of rhymes and wonderful rhythm to tell the story.

‘The Gruffalo’ is a beautiful story about a little brown mouse and his journey through the forest. The mouse encounters a fox, an owl, and a snake one after the other, who invite him to their respective homes with an intention to eat him. But the mouse thinks on his feet and comes up with a clever tactic to save himself. He claims he is going to have lunch with a ‘Gruffalo’ – a scary creature that he makes up and that the Gruffalo’s favourite food is the very animal that tries to eat him (roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake) which scares those animals away. Just when the mouse thinks he has managed to escape from his predators, he realizes that his imaginary scary creature is after all true! In the next half of the story, the clever mouse tricks the Gruffalo by presenting himself as the scariest animal in the forest and following another stroll back, he frightens the Gruffalo at the mention of his favourite food – Gruffalo Crumble! Such a lovely book! Fear is gently developed in the story but is soon dissipated with humor to the extent that you end up liking the scary Gruffalo as much as the clever mouse.  Of course the book also conveys a useful message that with courage and by thinking calmly one can overcome problems.

In most of her books, Julia Donaldson uses a lot of repetition with variation and great deal of expression within speech which is useful to engage and include the children in the story. Some of the best lines from ‘The Gruffalo’ are:

‘A mouse took a stroll, through the deep dark wood.

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Where are you going to little brown mouse?

Come and have tea in my underground house.’

As the mouse’s conversation with one animal ends, the story progresses with the lines:

‘On went the mouse through the deep dark wood,

An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Where are you going to little brown mouse?

Come and have lunch in my tree top house.’

Similarly in the book ‘Room on the Broom’, Julia Donaldson uses repetition to introduce the characters of the book. The book is about a Witch and her cat that fly merrily over the forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat initially and then her bow and wand one by one.  As the Witch and her cat stop their ride to retrieve the lost items, they meet a dog, a bird and a frog who all want to ride on the broom to which the Witch kindly agrees, much to the annoyance of her cat. Finally the broom snaps in two! The next half of the story involves the Witch meeting a greedy dragon who wants to eat the Witch but the cat, dog, bird and frog cleverly scare the dragon away.  Another great book where Julia Donaldson conveys very useful message about kindness, friendship and cooperation. I am amazed at the descriptive vocabulary with which the story starts:

‘The witch had a cat and a very tall hat,

And long ginger hair which she wore in a plait.

How the cat purred and

How the witch grinned,

As they sat on their broomstick

And flew through the wind.’

Wow! Such simple, easy and yet very clever way of narrating the story. The other great lines from the book are:

‘I am a dog as keen as can be, is there room on the broom for a dog like me?’

‘I am a frog as clean as can be, is there room on the broom for a frog like me?’

‘I am a bird as green as can be, is there room on the broom for a bird like me?’

And of course, the Witch’s magical spell:

Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety Zooom…then out rose a truly magnificent broom!

Not just a great asset for vocabulary, Julia Donaldson books have also served as a good stimulation for Bambi’s imagination. The repetition makes the story quite easily memorable too and I find Bambi using some of the lines from the books to create her own adventure stories:

During one playtime, Bambi pretended to be a mouse and I was supposed to play the cat and chase the mouse. The mouse was hiding behind the sofa and as the cat was looking for the mouse, Bambi went off like this:

On went the Amma (Mommy) through the deep dark room,

Amma saw a Bambi and the Bambi looked good.

Where are you going to, my very pretty Bambi?

Come and have tea in my little sofa house.

One cold winter morning I was curled up on the sofa with my blanket on, when Bambi came up to me and said ,

“ I am a girl as keen as can be. Is there room on your sofa for a pretty girl like me?’’

And then there are several occasions when we have played magic tricks and Bambi goes:

Aabracadabra,

Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety ,Zoom,

Make the potato disappear soon…..

This afternoon Bambi said she wanted to write a poem and this is how it goes (just as dictated by Bambi. Of course, not all in one flow but she put lot of thought into it and the whole poem was composed in about 15 minutes):

I want to make a favorite song,

A rhyming song with rhyming words.

I think I’ll start with a Frog.

But what rhymes with a frog?

I know only Dog, Log and Bog.

Does Dog rhyme with a Frog?

I think, No, not.

I think let’s make another song,

That is not a rhyming song!

I wanted to make a song with frog,

But now I have changed my mind,

Because I don’t know what rhymes with a frog?

A dog, log or bog?

Now, can we play ‘Pop the Pig?

Wait a second- Does Pig rhyme with a frog?

I think No, not!

No, I don’t want to make a rhyming song,

Because I don’t know what rhymes with a frog!!

Thank you, Julia Donaldson for all your amazing books and for inspiring my little Bambi. Above all, thank you Julia Donaldson for giving me such precious and memorable moments!