Little Miss Muffetby Iza Trapani
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Poor little Miss Muffet. She just can’t seem to catch a break! All she wants to do is eat her curds and whey in peace. But when a rather terrifying spider appears, she desperately scurries away. Frantically searching for some much-needed solace, she ventures outside only to be startled by a vivacious frog, a squawking crow, and easily the largest moose ever seen! What else could she possibly encounter outside? And will she ever get back to the safety of her tuffet?
Rediscover this adored, classic nursery rhymefor the first time in paperbackwith delightfully charming illustrations by acclaimed author and illustrator Iza Trapani! Incorporating all the directional words kids need to learn early on in this silly story, Trapani creates a wonderful rendition of a perennial favorite that’s sure to have kids hoping for the little miss to find a safe space from all those fearful creatures.
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PreS-K—Trapani begins this delightful picture book with the six lines of the traditional nursery rhyme. Then a grand imagination transports Little Miss Muffet into other adventurous encounters with nature, where she meets a frog, a moose, and a crow, to name a few. Little Miss Muffet finally settles down after her harrowing day to bedtime coziness. The artwork clearly supports the humor found in the eight additional verses. Children can view a variety of perspectives, such as the child falling head first into water, exposing only her black shoes and drenched pantaloons. Group leaders can use this story to guide the audience as they act out the abundance of action words with the verses. Simple musical notation is included.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
The most famous scaredy-cat of them all experiences fright after fright before finally getting to enjoy her curds and whey. Trapani continues Miss Muffet's story: "All through the room, / She zipped and she zoomed / And looked for a place to hide. // A mouse came to find her; / It scurried behind her. / The dainty Miss bolted outside." From a frog in the bushes and a crow at the top of a tree to a fish next to her canoe and a moose on the shore, it's one thing after another. Finally, she unwinds in a bubble bath before once again settling on her tuffet (here pictured as an upholstered footstool) for a snack. Readers will barely be able to contain themselves when they spy the spider climbing up the tuffet leg. Indeed, Trapani slyly inserts clues as to what might next befall the hapless Miss Muffet in her brightly colored illustrations, which humorously capture both Miss Muffet's primness and her fright. The rhythm and rhyme are not as tight as in others of Trapani's extended nursery rhymes--she rhymes "scuttered" with "water" and "canoe" with "out to"--but it's still a fun romp. The back cover includes the music and the words to all eight verses. Those with similar fears may feel empathy for Miss Muffet's plight; others will just giggle at the improbability of it all. (Picture book. 3-6)
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- File size:
- 9 MB
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Iza Trapani was just seven years old when she and her mother left Warsaw, Poland, for the United States. An award-winning writer and illustrator, Trapani’s work has been featured on PBS Storytime and at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She also received the Rip Van Winkle Award, presented by the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York, for her contribution to children’s literature. Her bestselling book, The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, has sold more than one million copies. She resides in Woodstock, New York.
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