It’s story time. We are reading Lucky Duck. Correction. Re is helping me construct the story of Lucky Duck through his questions. I never realised that this is harder that the actual reading of the story which doesn’t take much more than a clearing of the throat, faking a deep interest (don’t tell me you don’t fake it) and some degree of voice modulation and animatedness, which above all, should be consistent. Which is quite hard, considering that by page four, one is normally, well, tired!
So here is how our reading of Lucky Duck, a story of a boy Lenny who loses and finds his duck, all of 22 pages, by Jonathan Shipton and Suzanne Diederen goes:
Mamma, what’s this baby’s name?
His name is Lenny.
And what’s his doggie’s name?
His name is Zack (made up on the spot)
And what’s his mamma’s name?
Her name is Zoey.
And why is the baby nangu (naked)?
Because they are all on the beach and making sandcastles, so he can wear only his trunks, otherwise he will get all dirty.
Oh, but the poor ducky’s feathers will get all dirty!
It’s ok, she can dust it off.
Where’s the baby’s dadda?
He has gone to office.
And where is that crab goving?
(I just notice a crab on the page)
The crab is goving to find food.
What is the crab goving to eat?
Well, it will find some worms in the sand (by now, I am not sure what crabs really eat)
And what is the baby’s mamma dooving?
She is trying to spread a towel on the beach so that they can all sit on it.
That’s not a towel mamma, it’s a blanket.
We are still on page one. Some day, we will get to page 22.