This week I bring you a sing-along story, "The Lady with the Alligator Purse" by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott.
Here is a description of the book from the Preschool Library Journal:
"Westcott adapts a jump rope rhyme about the misadventures of Tiny Tim to create a zany book of nonsense that demands reading aloud. After the mischievous baby drinks his bathwater, eats the soap, and tries to stuff the bathtub down his throat, his mother calls the doctor, the nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse. When medical cures fail, the lady produces pizza. The colorful illustrations filled with frenzied activities sustain the silliness and the absurdity of the story. The alligator purse is a miniature alligator with a handle on its back, for example. Even the cat and the dog are part of the energetic fun, pulling up chairs next to Tim's bed for a pizza feast. A book that children are sure to devour."
This book is short and sweet which lends itself well to the preschool population and therapy sessions that get shortened due to unforeseen circumstances. It's also nice to have a book that you can sing instead of read! If you are not familiar with the song, you can click here to see a YouTube video of it.
Here are 3 ways I will be using this book in my speech-language therapy sessions:
- I always like to have image cut-outs to go with a story so student's have some visual cues for story retelling. I found this free pdf on the Arkansas state website. My plan is to print these out, have students color them, retell the story, and then answer questions with 'before' and 'after'. With my first graders, I am likely to use Braidy, the Story Grammar Marker, along with this book.
- It would also be fun to do some pretend play with a doll house to re-enact this book. Concepts such as "up", "down", "in" and "out" could be easily incorporated.
- If you are looking for a cooking activity, sing this story and then have the students make pizzas :-)