Bunting, Eve Hey Diddle Diddle.
Boyd's Mills 2011 unp 16.95 978-1-59078-768-7
A variation on the old nursery rhyme presents an entire animal band, incased in a music box for a child’s enjoyment.
This delightful variation on the old nursery rhyme begins in the usual
fashion, but the presents new animals playing different musical instruments.
The child-like nonsense rhymes, such as “Hey diddle dumpet, the camel plays
trumpet,” just add to the fun. Each page presents a new animal and a new
instrument, until the dog conductor beings them all together as an orchestra.
The perspective completely changes when a child comes in to wind the music box
and look inside at the animal band. The ending is clever, the soft
illustrations are just right to be shared as a family.
Although no notes are included at the end, the story could be used as a
springboard for a language activity, with children creating their own rhymes for new instruments and animals. This story can lend itself to many activities, artistic and linguistic. A truly attractive and humorous addition to any elementary collection.