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Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap!: An Appalachian Folktale

Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap!: An Appalachian Folktale

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by Tom Birdseye (Retold by), Andrew Glass (Illustrator)

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A forgetful boy gets himself into trouble when he repeats what each person he meets on the road says to him.


A forgetful boy gets himself into trouble when he repeats what each person he meets on the road says to him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Absentminded Plug Honeycut's trip to the store sets off a chain of silly mishaps in what PW called an ``engagingly retold yarn'' featuring snappy, ``suitably slapdash'' colored-pencil illustrations. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Tom Birdseye treats us to a homespun version of the Appalachian folktale. Plug Honeycutt is the most forgetful lad in Sassafras Hollow. Only a mama could love a boy who couldn't remember his name if it were pinned on him. On his way to the store he greets people with exactly the wrong string of words. Each one tries to impress on him the correct thing to say. Will he ever remember to buy the soap? A super read-aloud with an outrageous cast of characters. The artist's palette of yellows, oranges, browns and greens fill the pages with sunshine. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This droll, cumulative story tells of an ever-so-forgetful boy, Plug, whose loving mother sends him to the store for soap. Concentrating on his mission as he walks along, Plug calls out the refrain of the title, causing an elderly woman to fall into the creek. She dunks him and leaves him with a new line that takes its place in his memory instead of the old one: "`What a mess I've become, but now you're one, too!'" This sentence offends the next person he meets and the chain of mishaps continues until a bedraggled but triumphant Plug returns home with the soap. This version differs from Richard Chase's tale of the same title in Grandfather Tales (Houghton, 1973) in its emphasis on motherly love and in its softened, less punitive approach. Students may recognize a similar story in Pat Hutchins's Don't Forget the Bacon (Greenwillow, 1976). Glass's bright, action-filled illustrations are reminiscent of Stephen Gammell's work in Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came (Bradbury, 1985). Birdseye's vivid language, use of repetition, and tone invite oral readings. A book that will be useful for story hours and units on Appalachian tales.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

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Holiday House, Inc.
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9.88(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.16(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap!: An Appalachian Folktale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Plug has such a bad memory that all the folks in Sassafras Hollow think he could forget his own name. One bath day, Plug's mother sends him to the store to buy soap. 'Soap, soap, don't forget the soap!' Plug says as he walks along. But Plug does forget when he has several hilarious misunderstandings with people he meets before returning to his mother. This Appalachian Folktale retold by Tom Birdseye is a must read for all lovers of Appalachian literature. Children will find the humor and want to retell the story which helps keep Appalachian folktales alive.