A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia DonaldsonI thoroughly enjoyed this book by Julia Donaldson. The book tells a story of a women who does not feel satisfied with her home and feels that it is too small for her. She decides to ask a wise old man for advice on how she can make her house feel bigger. However ironically instead of advising her to remove things from the house he tells her to put all of her animals inside the house with her.
This is an enjoyable book which can help develop literacy skills such as rhyming and reading poetry. The book also uses repitition by always refering to the house as being a squash and a squeeze. It helps the reader understand the flow of the book which makes it enjoyable. I feel that this book would have many learning benifits ie. rhyming skills. Repitition familiarises the reader with words and phonological awareness.
I also feel that this book can be enjoyable for younger children (under 7 years) to enjoy fully. Reason being is the fun reference to animals for example. Read to the whole class can be enjoyed rather than reading alone. Students can join in with the squash and a squeeze rhyme. This can be an early introduction to poetry and rhymes other than nursery rhymes can be extended into a learning task. Students can write their own rhyme using alliteration.
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A Squash and A Squeeze is a story of an old woman who comes to appreciate the size of her house. The story begins with an old woman complaining that her house is much too small. She enlists the help of a wise old man, who tells her first to take the hen in, then to take the pig in, and on and on until her home is full of animals, with barely any room to move. She finally returns to the wise old man, and he tells her to let all of the animals out again. She does, and is surprised at how spacious her house now feels - it is no longer too small.