Banana in my cereal.
Yep. That’s our six year old at the dinner table. She so desperately wants to make up her own side-splitting knock knock jokes, but she’s not quite there yet. She loves jokes and all things silly, but she’s just not at the point of being able to come up with her own word play to make up a (really) funny one.
The October 2008 issue of Reading Teacher published an article (on Reading Rockets here) by Marcy Zipke about teaching metalinguistic awareness and reading comprehension with riddles. For teachers and parents, it’s a great refresher read about multiple meanings in words and sentences, and ambiguous language. It’s also a great reminder about the role adults can play in helping kids discover the fun of language!
Zipke includes an annotated bibliography of riddle books and ambiguous language books that is a helpful resource to those who want to torture themselves by having joke books laying around the house or classroom. The list includes books by Fred Gwynne like The King Who Rained and A Chocolate Moose for Dinner and the ever popular Amelia Bedelia series.
Because Anna’s in a very intense joke-telling phase right now, I’m sure she’s going to turn that metalinguistic corner very soon and start coming up with some real zingers. Right? Please?