“If the S in Moose Comes Loose”
Opening: “If the S in Moose comes loose and the E breaks free… what’s left?”
A gloomy cow. But cow has an idea. GLUE!
When a goat walks by, she asks to use his G. She replaces the G with a B. Goat turns into a boat.
Cow borrows L from Lake. She replaces the L with a C. Lake becomes Cake.
Humor ensures as Cow borrows and replaces letters from others as she “glues” Moose back together.
If the S in Moose Comes Loose spells a humorous catrasophe.
This story promotes creative components of humor and originality.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its humor and ability to use this in a classroom setting while promoting friendship.
TITLE:If the S in Moose Comes Loose
AUTHOR: Peter Hermann
ILLUSTRATOR: Matthew Cordell
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins, 2018
AGE GROUP: 5-8
TOPIC(S): rhyme, alphabet letters, spelling, friendship
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality
1) Make a list of ten words. Remove one letter from each word and replace it with a different letter to form a new word. For example, dog -> log
2) On index cards cut in half, write the letters of the alphabet on each card. Mix these cards in a bowl or hat. Draw out five letters. Form as many words as you can with those letters. Put the letters back in and play again. Different variations: add more vowels to make more complex words, pick out less or more than five letters, or add blends such as st, sp, bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, and sm.
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