A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia DonaldsonI thoroughly enjoyed this book by Julia Donaldson. The book tells a story of a women who does not feel satisfied with her home and feels that it is too small for her. She decides to ask a wise old man for advice on how she can make her house feel bigger. However ironically instead of advising her to remove things from the house he tells her to put all of her animals inside the house with her.
This is an enjoyable book which can help develop literacy skills such as rhyming and reading poetry. The book also uses repitition by always refering to the house as being a squash and a squeeze. It helps the reader understand the flow of the book which makes it enjoyable. I feel that this book would have many learning benifits ie. rhyming skills. Repitition familiarises the reader with words and phonological awareness.
I also feel that this book can be enjoyable for younger children (under 7 years) to enjoy fully. Reason being is the fun reference to animals for example. Read to the whole class can be enjoyed rather than reading alone. Students can join in with the squash and a squeeze rhyme. This can be an early introduction to poetry and rhymes other than nursery rhymes can be extended into a learning task. Students can write their own rhyme using alliteration.
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My house is a squash and squeeze'. What can you do if your house is too small? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When you push them all out again, you'll be amazed at how big your house feels! This brilliantly funny story is the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, authors of "The Gruffalo". Share on.
I work in an SEN early years class so the lesson may need to be adapted to your year group and ability. Props were used during the story. - Log in or Register.
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she's not happy - it's just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she'll be amazed at how big her house feels!
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