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In Memory of Humpty Dumpty
Little Lumpty - Miko Imai
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Little Lumpty - Miko Imai
Advantages: Great story with a message
IN MEMORY OF HUMPTY DUMPTY
"In the little town of Dumpty there was a high wall.
Humpty Dumpty had fallen from it long, long ago.
But people still remembered him"
I knew I was going to enjoy this story as soon as I read the first page.
Here is the little village of Dumpty where the children stand by the wall and sing the famous nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty". In this willage lives Little Lumpty who dreamed of climbing to the top of the wall. His mum reminds him of what happened to their famous ancestor and begs him not to climb to the top of the wall. Little Lumpty, however, is young and impetuous and when he finds a tall ladder, he decides to climb the wall.
At last he reaches the top, and what a sight on which to feast his eyes- his house, and his school.
Lumpty is so excited that he dances along the wall until he looks down. "IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE".
Suddenly, Lumpty is not quite as brave and bold and he worries that he won't get home in time for dinner.
It's dark and the birds fly home, and Lumpty remembers Humpty Dumpty Dumpty's fate.
Little Lumpty starts to shout for help and everyone rushed out of their houses to see what was wrong and start to wonder how on earth they can save him. Lumpty's mum has a good idea and rushes to the house to get something.
I won't spoil the story by giving away the edge of the seat way in which they save Lumpty. Suffice to say he gets home safely and doesn't end up like his forefather but rather ands up safely in bed after eating tea.
"But I still love that wall," he whispered to the moon just before he fell asleep.
Of course all of the characters are little egg people and of course the illustrations show an idyllic little town. The picture of the town sets the scene with a double page spread, cosy houses and a memorial to Humpty Dumpty in the middle of the town.
The illustrations are sometimes double page spread, sometimes half page vertical and at other times horizontal. When Lumpty is dragging the ladder, the length of the ladder is emphasized by the horizontal half page picture with text above and below, and when he climbs the wall the height is emphasized by the half page vertical picture with the writing by the side. I like this use of pictures to emphasise the point of the text, and use it as an example of how pictures and text should be closely aligned.
When Lumpty looks down, his feet on the edge of the wall look HUGE and there is a real sense of perspective- you can almost feel the height and children often comment on the fact that it's a long way up.
One of my favourite picture is a double spread with no text when Lumpty is remembering the fate of Humpty Dumpty. This changes from colour to sepia to give an idea of the passing of time.
Great pictures and children love copying the little egg people with arms and legs sticking out of their egg bodies- that's how I usually draw things!
Publisher- Walker Books 1994
ISBN- 0 7445 3605 7
Price- £4.50. Check out www.amazon.co.uk for second hand copies.
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This story is basically about someone making the decision to follow their dreams, and children often realise that this is the message that the story is giving them.
I have used it on many occasions for drama, and children enjoy holding out an imaginary blanket to Lumpty and offering advice "Be brave Lumpty", "You'll be ok". They can relate to it because most children know the story of Humpty Dumpty and obviously don't want Lumpty to fall.
Take this a stage further and ask children to make egg catchers. For this I stopped at the stage where the old man asks "How can we save him?" and asked the children to design and make ways to save Lumpty. As an aside, we really did drop eggs into the egg catchers with varying degrees of success and lots of mess. If you try this, make sure you have plenty of newspaper!!
Apart from it being a great book for a range of follow up activities, it's a lovely story book. Even very young children enjoy the pictures and the story. Little Miss truly believes that Humpty Dunpty is Lumpty's grand dad and the first time she heard the story, worried that he might not get off the wall.
I think this is a lesser known book, but well worth reading if you get a copy. It has excellent pictures which complement the text perfectly and the egg people are great… whole range of emotions cross their little egg faces!
Thanks for reading
Summary: Lovely story featuring familiar characters