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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Knick Knack Paddywack

January 2 2015

Our first book for story time was Port Side Pirates!, it's a song by Oscar Seaworthy, illustrated by Debbie Harter. We've not got round to reading/watching the attached CD yet but the song is fun. It has a chorus on every page "we go this way, that way, portside, starboard", so we had a lot of fun with the movements. It's by Barefoot Books who seem to have quite a different way of promoting books, using a more traditional approach of party-type selling and using "ambassadors" to sell their goods. They do seem to have a good selection of interesting and educational items.

One of Linus' favourite things in reading is the occasional end pages that tell you other books by the same author or publisher. In the back of this one was Knick, Knack Paddywack. I then started to sing the first lines of "This Old Man". Linus requested more of the song, instead of reading Superworm, so I obliged. According to reviews of the book, the song in it is slightly different to the traditional version.
For those not in the know, it starts;

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack paddywack
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

It then carries on with each number rhyming, some of the rhymes are fairly standard and some I invented anew, as is tradition with a folk song. 

We ended with Gemma Merino's The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water. Linus declared that he "reayyy reayyy yikes dragons", although he didn't want one as a pet.

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