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It’s nearly summer! Let’s go berry-picking, shall we?
Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump.
Pebbles in the pond fall dunkety dunk.
Toes in the grass go thumpety-thump.
Bumpety, dunkety, thumpety-thump.
This has got to be one of the most playful language stories I’ve read in a longgggg time. One that centers around the short “u” sound. It’s also a celebration of the senses with touch, taste, sight, sound, and hearing all featured within its pages. It’s the kind of story that makes picture book writing seem “easy,” when, in fact, the precision mix of compressed language and complementary images has most likely taken months or years to get just right.
Not only does the wagon go bumpety-bump, “berries on tongue taste bumpety bump.” An inspired description, one that surprises and makes you think about how berries actually feel in your mouth.
Simone Shin’s illustrations celebrate movement and the joys of the senses as well, with a muted natural palette and a variety of textures.
Six times we get a cumulative set of action and sound words as we follow a pair of children through their wagon-going, berry-picking, pie-baking and eating, bath-taking, bedtime-snoozing day.
Berries go plunkety-plunk in the pail. Berries feel plumpety-plump in fingers. Bottoms in chairs slide slumpety-slump…..and we keep going until we make it through bathtime (the bath illustrations are soooo sweet and huggable, along with the tub sounds!) and then we arrive at bedtime.
Snuggle in the blankie in a lumpety-lump….
You have got to find this book at your library or local bookstore and read its most satisfying ending.
A fantastic bedtime read aloud.
Go berry picking and make your own pie.
Take a walk in a park and see how many different sounds you hear in nature. Can you make some of the sounds from the book?
Onomatopoeia for kids website
Make up your own words that sound like a noise you want to imitate. Try out different vowels. What kind of things would make a “plink” versus a “plunk” sound? Are the things that make a “plink” sound smaller than the things that make a “plunk”?
TITLE: Thumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump
ILLUSTRATOR: SIMONE SHIN
PUBLISHER: BEACH LANE, SIMON & SCHUSTER, 2017
AGES: PRESCHOOL-2ND GRADE (older kids discuss onomatopoeia)
THEMES: NATURE, Sensory experiences, BEDTIME
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