About the Book: Just what did happen when the dish ran away with the spoon?! A question that has long been mulled and mused over but never answered, until now … The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon breathes a charismatic, quirky new life into this well-known nursery rhyme, telling the romantic tale of the Dish and the Spoon from riches to rags and back again. Sharp and witty, as is characteristic of Mini Grey’s picturebooks, the tale ends with the emotional reuniting of the Dish and the Spoon after twenty five years apart, serving as a powerful reminder that you’re not rich until you have something that money can’t buy.
Reasons for selection: Mini Grey’s picturebooks are a delight for older readers, full of verbal and visual wit and intertextual references. The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon uses a nursery rhyme that many children will be familiar with as its starting point – and many children will already have imagined their own possibilities for the Dish and the Spoon. This story will add to their possibilities and inspire further!,
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon references the promise of the American Dream, The Great Depression of the 1930s and popular culture and of course the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. The ironic tone and language play combine to provide a multi-layered reading experience best enjoyed by readers aged 8 upwards.
About Take One Book
The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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