Although I read today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick last week, I YAM still laughing!
Title: I YAM A DONKEY story, pictures, and bad grammar
Written & Illustrated by: Cece Bell
Publisher: Clarion Books (June 16, 2015)
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Wordplay, grammar, dialogue, humor
Brief Synopsis: A yam, yes, a vegetable, determined to correct the grammar of an oblivious donkey fails because it’s just an impossible feat. The frustrated yam enlists other vegetables to help but remains unsuccessful. Alas, all good things must end and the surprise ending to this story is laugh out loud funny.
YAM: What did you say? “I yam a donkey?” The proper way to say that is “I am a donkey.”
DONKEY: You is a donkey, too? You is a funny-looking donkey.
YAM: No, I am a yam. You are the one who said, “I am a donkey.”
Why I like this book: It is laugh out loud funny! As the publisher’s blurb pointed out, I YAM A DONKEY can be compared to the comedic routine of the“Who’s on first.” about baseball by Abbott and Costello. What a fun way to teach grammar and dialogue. The ending is hilarious. I double dare you not to laugh while reading this book.
Find a comprehensive list of resources here with a links to Cece Bell’s school presentation reading the book, activities, crafts, material about yams and sweet potatoes, and other books on grammar, etc.
TeachersPayTeachers has a book companion unit here.
Find a free ESOL resource here.
After learning all about grammar, make some yam or sweet potato fries. Read the story and you’ll know why!