Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Madame Chapeau

Last night we enjoyed the book Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau words by Andrea Beaty and pictures by David Roberts.  We loved the rollicking rhyme of the story; and the stunning illustrations.

Pay special attention on the page where a Scotsman, a jockey, a mime, a spy and more are offering hats to Madame Chapeau.  Ml pointed out something amusing about each character’s hair.  Without her amazing eye, I would have missed the artist’s exquisite attention to detail.


Going to the Doctor


Last night we read two books about doctors in preparation for ML’s seven-year-old check-up today.  On the way she said, “I’m going tell the doctor I am allergic to shots.”  To ML’s delight it was a shot free visit.

ML’s next comment left me cringing.  “I’m fat” she said.  Concerned I asked, “Why do you think that?”  ML’s response, “Because the backs of my legs jiggle.”  ML’s expressed this a few times these past few weeks.  Her doctor did a fantastic job assuring ML she shouldn’t be concerned about her weight.  The doctor kicked out her leg to show the jiggle at the back of her own legs, and explained how muscles contract and relax.

Doctor Ted by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre – Doctor Ted is imaginative; but his diagnosis and treatment plans leave many of his patients angry.  It’s best not to tell the principal he has bad breath and a shot in the mouth is needed.  Eventually, the principal reconsiders Ted’s doctoring abilities.  A teacher falls on the playground.  The principal is too busy yelling “HELP… call an ambulance!  Call the fire department.  Call the library.”  Meanwhile, Doctor Ted is saving the day.  ML chuckled at the illustrations throughout the book.  She howled at the one of the librarians arriving at the scene of the accident with books balanced on their heads.

Doctor Ted ends with Ted smelling burnt toast. He decides to leave the medical profession for another occupation.  Can you guess?  ML did. She exclaimed, “I read Firefighter Ted.”  I asked, “Do you want me to bring it home?”  I received a resounding, “Yes.”  To complete her Ted adventures,  I’ll bring home Ted’s other book, Artist Ted.

Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynn Sweat –  During first grade, I was Amelia Bedelia’s number one fan and hoped ML would follow the family tradition.  She didn’t until last night.  I tried Amelia Bedelia books on her in kindergarten, but the text requires an understanding of language and idioms to appreciate the humor.  Last night, most of the wordplay made sense to ML.  I explained some of the ones she didn’t understand.  The others she can discover at her own pace.  My all-time favorite Amelia Bedelia scene is when she “dresses the chicken.”  ML enjoyed Amelia Bedelia allowing the boy to “draw” his on blood using a red pen and the paper on the examination table.

Luckily no blood was drawn today.  The one time ML remembers blood being drawn traumatized her.  The nurse returned to the room with “the sticker.”  Without warning, she went straight to ML’s finger and gave it a prick.  ML cried more from being startled than in pain.  She’ll probably ask for Amelia Bedelia’s way the next time she needs blood drawn.

Amelia Bedelia’s provided laughter to families for fifty years.  Amelia Bedelia books were written by Peggy Parish until her death in 1988.  Her nephew, Herman decided to continue the series almost 10 years after her death.  Amelia Bedelia adventures are now in picture books, easy reader books and chapter books.

Now for a chance to share a story time rhyme which can help kids get ready for a doctor visit.  Awhile back, I discovered one perfect for getting the wiggles out.  I wanted to use the rhyme but had a dilemma.  It asked the children to “touch your tongue.”  I stamp hands at the end of story time.  The last thing I want to do… touch hands which touched tongues 10 minutes earlier.  So I modified it to “stick out your tongue.”  Then, realized I wasn’t modeling p0lite behavior.

So I modified it again asking the preschoolers to stick out their tongue and say ahhhhhh.   It’s a hit!  Especially when I ask, “Can you be loud?”  Then, we scream it at the top of our lungs.  We usually start in a normal voice.  Then, really loud.  Finally, a whisper to calm before the next story. It’s a rhyme that works with preschoolers and elementary-aged children.  Try it out….  Maybe I should teach it to doctors for those children who refuse to say ahhhh.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist can you do this?
Number 1 stick out your tongue.
Number 2 touch your shoe.
Number 3 touch your knee.
Number 4 touch the floor.
Number 5 jump up high.