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The Gruffalo

We have a budding storyteller in the house. Lately, Ellis hasn't been so much into reading books as much as making us retell the story (without the book), and also telling it himself.  It's super adorable.  One of his favorites right now is the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. For your listening pleasure, the following video is an abridged version of the Gruffalo, by Ellis, as retold at dinner last night.  If you aren't familiar with the book (which you should, and all of Julia Donaldson's books are fantastic), the cast of characters is a mouse, a fox, an owl, a snake, and of course, the Gruffalo.  Since I can't assume that you can understand Ellis like I (usually) can, I've transcribed a portion of the story for you, below.  The plot thickens around the 3:15 mark of the video as the story twists into an adaptation of David and Goliath.  Enjoy. 😂



"He was walking and saw an owl, and the owl fall down to the mouse, he saying, Where are you going?  Have a feast (in) my underground house.  It's terribly kind owl, but no, I'm going to have a feast with a Gruffalo...Why, you don't know?  He's got terrible claws, terrible eyes, and terrible claws, and the terrible tongue, and the terrible legs.....He was walking and saw a snake in his log pile house and then it came out and then he asked, have tea in my underground house?  But no, I'm going to have tea with the Gruffalo.  A Gruffalo?  Why you don't know!  Goodbye little mouse, away snake slided."

Link to the video here.

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