Friday, December 02, 2022

"Once Upon A Time There Was A Big Monster Who Pooped Everywhere"

Give them what they want. ~Winston Churchill

Some time ago, I shared a quite literate story by a four-year-old author. He wrote several other things, but after sharing the first one in front of the whole group he subsequently declined, usually saying, "It's not finished yet." This is, of course, a valid choice for any writer. He loved the creative process, one where he sat in one-to-one intimacy with the adult taking dictation, but the public performance wasn't his thing. 

We always had other authors, however, who were very much interested in having their stories presented in front of the entire group. And then there were some who were mastering the art of writing for their audience, giving them what they want.

The following story was really a creative collaboration between a daughter and her mother, both of whom were aware from the beginning that this story was always going to be destined to be read aloud to room full of four and five year olds:

"Once upon a time there was a
big monster who pooped
everywhere. And he was
But he just kept on
pooping. Poop, poop, poop
Poop, poop, poop, poop
Poop, poop, poop, poop.

"This is a big, big poop from that
blue monster! And then it just kept on pooping!
Poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop, poop . . .

"This is a really big, big buh-buh big poop!"

I had the honor of reading this masterpiece to the class. She had them rolling in the aisles, every last one of them.


"I recommend these books to everyone concerned with children and the future of humanity." ~Peter Gray, Ph.D. If you want to see what Dr. Gray is talking about you can find Teacher Tom's First Book and Teacher Tom's Second Book right here

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