Book: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!
Genre: Children’s literature
Author: Dr. Seuss
Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners
Book Review: This yellow hard cover children’s book with the image of a boy with a strange creature in his pocket is a storybook of 14 colourful thick pages with illustrations of graffiti cartoon pictures describing a short rhyming story, a summary stated in the beginning page of the book defines the storybook as: ‘A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words’.
The construction of this children’s story is in sentences consisting of rhyming words, similar to the title of the story – which has two rhyming words i.e. WOCKET – POCKET; the word ‘pocket’ is a logical word in English literature – the word ‘pocket’ is a noun which basically imply ‘a small bag like attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles’, whereas the word ‘wocket’ is considered a meaningless word in English literature. In this narrative, the author has purposefully used the illogical words as names of weird funny creatures to create funny rhyming words with household objects; these sentences are fun to read and are also challenging for a child, as the child has to use his/her knowledge of phonics skills while reading these clever illogical words.
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss, is an approximate 300 words narrative, with 31 sentences – most of sentences fall within the range of 15 words, with only two longer sentences; however all sentences has a discontinuity after maximum of 4 words, as the next words of the sentence (maximum 4 words) is printed on the succeeding line. These sentences are mostly formed with the help of 2, 3, 4 letter words; the number of letters in the rhyming words range from 3 to 10, in these rhyming words only the first letter differs, the remaining letters are alike e.g WOCKET – POCKET (this pattern of formation does differs for few rhyming words in the narrative).
This children’s literature at first impression seems to be suitable for preschoolers because of its presentation; a preschool child may find this book visually pleasing but except for the 2, 3, 4 letter words which a preschooler will find easy to read from the narrative, the whole content with rhyming words may be difficult for a preschool child’s intellect; in my opinion this book is best suited for children of 6 to 8 years.
Academic Use of the book, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss:
The easy presentation of the content in this children’s book may result in middle school children failing to notice the complexity of the sentences in the narrative, and they might regard this storybook as preschoolers book – to change this notion, the teacher can introduce this storybook to the children by reading the narrative in class to reveal the fun and complex element of the sentences.
Follow-Up Activities –
- Each child can be asked to read one sentence from the story; the teacher can help the children with the pronunciation of difficult words. (Appropriate for children of 6 to 8 years)
- Children can be asked to participate in writing examples of similar sentences from the narrative on the whiteboard or blackboard – relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom objects. (Appropriate for children of 6-7 years)
- Group games: Each group of children has to write a minimum of 5 sentences on the whiteboard or blackboard in 10 minutes (by any child from the group voluntarily participating to write one sentence each) – to write examples of similar sentence from the narrative, relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom or any random objects which the children come across on daily basis. (Appropriate for children of 8 years)
The above activities is good for enhancement of –
Learning the significance of time;
And also leads for development of self-confidence in children.
Amazon link: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss
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