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The Large Family: A Piece of Cake - Jill Murphy
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The Large Family: A Piece of Cake - Jill Murphy
Date: 24/05/01, updated on 24/05/01 (189 review reads)
Advantages: The who story from beginning to end sounds like what I say every week to myself
Disadvantages: he word "Fat", why couldnt it be big?
Now my daughter has officially gone part time Nursery, I'm being bombarded with reading books. Not that I'm complaining. I love reading to both my daughters. Where Jess is bringing home books, its broadening the library that we have already got for her. Jess only started at Nursery this week and has changed her book everyday so far, but I thought I would grab this one quick and write a review on it.
A Piece of Cake is about a family of elephants. Life within the Elephant household was as normal as any other elephants until Mrs Large took it apon herself to make a statement which would turn the families life upside down.
"I'm fat", Mrs Large declared. All the family put up protest that Mrs Large was not fat. Things like " You're our cuddly mummy" and " You're just right". This made Mrs Large feel a little better until the baby stated , " Mummy's got Wobbly bits" Does that sounds familar? Its always out of mouth of babes and innocence isn't it.
That was it. Mrs Large decided that all the family must go on a diet. No more cakes, biscuits, or sweets. No more sitting around all day, and lots of exercise.
The children were most put out when coming home the following day when they were told that they couldn't sit and watch TV but they were to go for a healthy jog with mummy. And off they went. On coming home Laura, asked what they were having for tea. " Nice Healthy watercress soup, with a cup of water to follow" was her mummy's reply. Laura, barely holding on to her disappointment reply" That sounds .....nice"
It was even worse for Mr Large. Who after coming home from work was accustomed to sitting down to dinner and watching the news. Like all men in my opinion, but there you go. Mr large became rather disgruntled when Mrs Large virtually kicked him out of the door, so he could go for a nice jog. When he got back , hi
s usual steak had been replaced by a sardine with grated carrot.
The next few days was like torture to the family. Every morning, there was a healthy breakfast, followed by exercises.Then after a healthy tea, they all went for a healthy jog. By the time evening came everyone felt terrible, worn out and hungry. Even the scales were horrible to them as Mr Large stated, " We aren't thinner yet". "
Elephants are supposed to be fat" Said Luke, which is right I have yet to see a thin one. The baby of the family who couldn't really talk very much just said " Wibbly Wobbly Wibbly wobbly", which didn't help at all. I suppose she could of meant " Jelly on a plate, Jelly on a plate. .wibble wobble, wibble wobble jelly on a plate", But Mrs large didn't see it that why and told her family that they shouldn't give in so easily.
After a few days a parcel arrived from Granny. Inside this parcel was the biggest, pinkest, most beautiful cake any of them had ever seen. All the families eyes went wide and their mouths began to water, but Mrs Large was adamant that they should store and keep it just incase they had visitors to tea.
Well as you can imagine, they all thought about this cake all day long. They thought about it at tea time, thought about it when jogging. But no one went to the cupboard were Mrs Large had stored the cake. They all even went to bed and dreamt about the cake. Mrs Large finally sat up and said to herself, " I can't stand it any more, I MUST have a piece of that cake"
Slowly and quietly she sneaked out of the bedroom and slowly down stairs. She didn't want to wake anyone, so she crept into the kitchen and without turning the light on, she took out a knife from the drawer and went to the cupboard.
What a surprise she got, there was only one piece left! " AH HA, Caught in the act! " shouted Mr Large. Mrs Large switched th
e light on after jumping in the air out of fright, saw Mrs Large and all the children under the table. Mrs Large began to laugh. She was the last person to get any cake but it was the best bit of all.
" I do think elephants are supposed to be fat", said Luke." Wibbly wobbly, Wibbly wobbly!" went the baby. They all went to bed contented and happy, ready to face a normal day again.
I've read this book 5 times since Jess brought it home this afternoon and I think its great. I really like the set out of Jill Murphy's books and this is no exception The edition I have here is a large, hard backed book with lovely illustrations and nice big clear writing. On one side you have the writing with a illustration by the side, and on the other side you have a full page illustration. These illustrations, which I presume Jill Murphy does herself as there is no creditation to anyone else, are beautiful. Coloured in with pencil, with soft bright colours makes the book very appealing to children. Most children are attracted by brightly coloured pictures which are clear and non fussy. All throughout the book, you can tell from just the pictures what emotions the family are going through while going on this healthy eating plan. This gives the child and the adult who might be reading it for then to talk about it afterwards and ask questions about the book. I.E. Why was Mrs Large upset at the beginning of the story? This is a vital part of learn to read. Anyone can read a book, but to understand a book takes thought and understanding. A child can also associate each emotion with her own feelings and emotions thoughout day to day life.
The situation within the story and what I feel is a moral is accepting who you are within your life. Childrens lives are so much more complicated than so people believe. Its not all roses, and just like us adults, children have trouble seeing who they really are. Although most children adap
t to most situations very easily, if there is something that upsets then it does come out in one form or another. For example, Jess has started Nursery this week, I know that she enjoys it, she is a very sociable child and is used to being with her mum for a period of time. Yet, tonight for the first time in a long time, she didn't want to sleep alone. Whats this got to do with the story? Well, we all feel insecure in our life at some point dont we, and its usually because we doubt who we are. The moral of this story is the elephants are supposed to be fat. In this context, we have to accept who we are, faults and all, and its probably the most hardest lesson to learn in life.
The only little niggle I can say about this book is about the word fat. I know. It might be me being over sensitive but I hate the word "fat". Its so clumsy. "Big" I think is a better word. I would hate Jess to come out an say " That lady is fat mummy". I know most children don't lie. They tell it as they see it and I would like to keep her honesty but I fell that there are some words that have to be used carefully around children.
Anyway Read this book to you children, read and enjoy.
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