Friday, June 8, 2012

Margo's Musings: I'll Huff and I'll Puff...



Since we are switching things up on the blog this week, I finally get to share a story with you that I love reading with my favorite “almost sister”. Seriously, Margo is hilarious and reading with her usually has me laughing so hard I start to snort. I always know when she is ready for this book because she starts to pretend sneeze- over and over again. Of course, she does it with a lot of flare and drama that only Margo can really get away with.
I already mentioned my favorite tale told from another point of view in our Top of the Heap post, but considering it’s Margo’s favorite book to have me read with her, I just had to share a little more with you. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka lets readers know what really happened with the three little pigs. It is such a blast to imitate Al Wolf, previously known as the Big Bad Wolf. I make my voice as deep as I can, which starts Margo giggling. Since Al is looking to borrow sugar and has a cold there is a lot of sneezing going on as the story progresses. We read it all the time together, so Margo knows what is coming. Still, her eyes open wide and her mouth starts to twitch as she watches me, waiting to see and hear the fake sneeze I will come out with. I am pretty good at keeping her guessing, and she does her best to imitate whatever sneeze I pick. Sometimes Mr. Morrow joins in, which makes Margo and I practically roll around on the floor. It is even better if I have a clean tissue handy- it really adds to the performance : )  


I can’t forget to mention the amazing illustrations done by Lane Smith. They really help the story come alive and Margo loves to point at them and try to tell me the tale herself! So much fun and I am convinced that A. Wolf is telling the truth. B. What he says makes sense!  ~L



22 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun read, I can just picture you all rolling around on the floor.

    I remember reading a version of this story in which the wolf ended up running a nursery for infant sheep.

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    1. Petty- I haven't heard of the story you mentioned- but it sounds interesting. I like that the wolf ends upi running a sheep nursery. :) ~F

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  2. That does look like a fun read! And it sounds like you have fun together, I love laughing so hard that a snort comes out haha!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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    1. Hi Megan, isn't that so funny : ) Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  3. I love that reimagined fairy tales get kids thinking from different perspectives. Very cool that you add sound effects. :)

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    1. Hi Cate, It's always interesting, especially in a stressful situation, to stop and think about what someone else is thinking : ) Great to hear from you! ~ F

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  4. I love this book...I taught an entire unit around it!!!

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    1. Hi Patty, That's so cool that you taught a unit on it- great choice : ) ~ F

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  5. His books always make me laugh!! The Stinky Cheeseman is my favorite! My son loves one of the fables in "Squids Will Be Squids" about a puffer fish and a sea horse or something. He's only 5 but was laughing so hard he was crying. I've never seen him do it before or since! We haven't read this one yet. Better put it on the list!

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    1. Hi Shauna, I will definitely have to check out The Stinky Cheeseman- sounds hilarious : ) Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  6. I remember reading this story! Lane Smith is just the greatest (:

    Him and Peter H. Reynolds are my favorite illustrators for children's books.

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    1. Hi Adriana, Lane Smith is amazing- I just looked up Peter H. Reynolds, very whimsical and fun, love it! Thanks for sharing! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  7. I love this book and Scieszka other works. Check out Fairy Tale Fridays where you can link up with other fairy tale lovers. :)

    http://www.books4learning.blogspot.com/p/fairy-tale-friday.html

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    1. Books4Learning- His works are great! I look forward to checking out more Fairy Tale Fridays- I enjoyed your review of Storybound and I want to read it! ~F

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  8. lol, I've never heard of this book. You find all the best books.

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    1. Donna- Thanks! This is a fast and fun picture book. :) ~F

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  9. This looks so fun. I added both books the Three Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Book to my wish list. I love reading books that are familiar with a new spin like a different POV! Thanks so much for another great recommendation, ladies.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! The Three Little Pigs is awesome. I just borrowed The Stinky Cheese Man from the library and it is great and lots of fun. :) ~F

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  10. Sounds fun, and ooh, I do love this kind of illustration style!

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    1. Claudine- It is so fun! The illustrations are so captivating. :) ~L

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  11. What a wonderful book - I must get a copy! It sounds as though you have a lot of fun with it.

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    1. Hi Barbara- I have a blast reading this book and I think you will, too. I especially think your grandchildren will enjoy this one with you! ~L

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