Nursery rhymes are a great way to teach young children about rhyme and story, but when they get a little older, children may think nursery rhymes are too babyish. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon is a fun book that starts with the familiar nursery rhyme and builds on it to make an engaging story and introduce some new skills along the way.
The book begins with the traditional rhyme, but when Dish and Spoon run away at the end of the reading, they don’t come back, and Cow, Cat, and Dog set out to find them and return them to their proper places in the story. On their quest for their friends they meet several other nursery rhyme characters that children will recognize, such as Little Boy Blue and the Big, Bad Wolf.
As they look for Dish and Spoon, the others have to find their way around using a map, so this book is also a fun way to introduce simple maps and related skills. They have to go north to Miss Muffet’s house and decide which way to go when they reach a fork in the road. Perhaps a map around your house to help your kids find Dish and Spoon would be a fun go-along activity!
The humor in the book also makes it entertaining for older kids (and moms!), whether it’s in the word play or in the amusing pictures. The first and last illustrations make it look as if the characters are in a book inside the book, and in between are lots of bright, colorful illustrations in a variety of layouts, so there’s always something new to notice.
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon would be a great unit starter or fun as a read aloud. However you decide to use it, I know you’ll enjoy it!