Mummy and Me

Mummy and Me

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Katerina Manolessou

This is a sweet little frog tale about a girl and her mummy that put me in tears in a roundabout sort of way.

It’s a simple rhyme about a little girl frog and her mommy frog. (Mummy really for all you Brits.) The story is simple and contains a cute little rhyme. There’s a nice repeated theme of numbers throughout the book with bugs and spiders popping up in appropriate proportions.

Personally, I love this little piece but had just one problem.

I’m a dad. And I’m reading this awesome book to my little boy.

We still loved it of course. And of course Mummy could read it for him. However it seemed that every time story time came around, he wanted Daddy to read this book. But then one day I came home to find a surprise. My wife printed out pictures and put them in a book called Daddy and Me. She copied the pattern of the language in the book to make her own version. Then my son wrote out the words for his English practice.

And that night after Mummy and Me, my son and I read Daddy and Me. And I just bawled my eyes out.

So sometimes, if a story you like doesn’t quite match your own situation, try adapting it and find a way to make it work.

Have you done something similar?

If so, what books have you adapted? Or what books would you like to adapt? I’d love to hear about it.