Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A "Damsel in Distress" Children's Read-Aloud

The Lady With the Red Hair has made another book trailer featuring a fine children's picture book.

Book Trailer for
That is NOT a Good Idea!, by Mo Willems

The book cover suggests that the chicks are watching the story unfold as a silent movie.  That's a safe perspective for young readers, who will enjoy the tale without worrying that any characters get hurt ("It's only make-believe," an adult might comfortingly say).  As a read-aloud, caregivers can infuse the necessary drama into the recitation so that little listeners (and early readers) can thrill in the excitement created by the apparent danger fox, the villain, poses for goose, the "damsel in distress."  Children will love the repeated refrain warning the story's participants, and it will enable readers/listeners to join the action as it unfolds.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In writing That is NOT a Good Idea!, Mo Willems was influenced by "damsel in distress" silent movies, in which a villain places the lady in danger, only to be rescued at the last second by the hero.  In this silent movie clip, the damsel signals her faithful slobberdog who charges-in to save the day.  It would have been better if the hero had been a feline.  Just saying. 

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