Friday, March 28, 2008

John Willy and Freddy McGee

John Willy and Freddy McGee, by Holly Meade, is a tale of two guinea pig friends who have the most perfect, and most boring, life in their little cage. One day the door is accidentally left open. Off they scamper.

John Willy and Freddy McGee wind up in guinea pig paradise-the tunnels of the pool table. But look out! The cat is trying to flush them out with pool balls. Luckily they escape. Dashing back to their cage, with the cat in fast pursuit, a furry friend comes to their aid.

Safe back in their cage, the door is still open. Do you think they will stay there?

The text is filled with occasional second-person sentences to lend urgency-"Scamper, John Willy! Scamper, scamper, Freddy McGee!" These lines should be read excitedly. There is also some challenging onomatopoeia. How do you sound like a pool table? "THUMP SMACK SMACK Wumba wum-wum...."

This pleasurable book has fun language and just a hint of peril. And you may have names for your first low-maintenance pets.

Early Literacy Tip of the Day

When you're talking with your baby, be sure to pause long enough to allow him/her to babble back at you. These are the beginnings of words and the first signs of Narrative Skills. Maya has recently developed her question voice, raising her intonation at the end of a string of babble. So I try to answer back. Hopefully I'm answering correctly.

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