By: Joan Walsh
Reading with children is great fun when using cumulative picture books that build story plot through a repetitive pattern, by repeating text from one page to the next, until the climax of the story. This story structure helps children recognize words at a young age, because they hear the same sounds many times within one story. Some stories rhyme and repeat while others simply repeat and build.
Children delight in completing words from repeated phrases, and the text oftentimes has a sing-song quality. Little ones think they are reading like adults when there’s silence mid sentence and they jump in and insert the next few words of the story. Examples of this structure include: There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, The House that Jack Built, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Light Up the Moon,
The House that Jack Built, There was an Old Monster, and The Mouse Jack Built.
The writer should keep the text simple, so readers remain motivated to build the story. Some authors accomplish this in a second manner by eliminating the listing technique in the middle of the story. The
Jacket I Wear In the Snow. Enjoy reading with your child as often as possible.
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