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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Orangutan Tongs, written and illustrated by Jon Agee. Hyperion, HB Fenn, 2009. $20.99 ages 5 and up

"Should you shove a surly soldier
In the surly soldier’s shoulder,
The surly soldier surely will turn red."

It’s amazing how tough it can be to read aloud some of these tongue tanglers! They are so much fun and worth the work! You are sure to hear kids chanting their favorites when they finally acheive success and get them right. Then, have them read the poems as a team to see how well they do with that challenge. I find that whenever I try to share these poems, I experience trouble...even reading the words directly from text has my brain going the wrong way. That is a great part of the fun...and committing them to my memory bank is a seemingly impossible or improbable feat.

Jon Agee's watercolor artwork adds to the fun created in this wonderful book. He fills the pages with playful visual images that match the tone and text of the tongue twisters shared.

Now try this:

"A dodo'll dawdle, a dodo'll diddle,
A dodo'll doodle a doodle or two.
A dodo'll yodel, a dodo'll coo.
But that's about all that a dodo'll do."

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