If you have children, you’ve likely heard the name Laura Numeroff before. Laura Numeroff is the author who is responsible for writing the well-known and hilarious
“If You Give A…” series. This series has won numerous awards and has become a beloved s
eries for children around the world. These tales are all truly enjoyable to read, but Numeroff has written more than just stories about mice and moose. She’s also written a number of other tales, including a children’s book that teaches kids all about rhyming and that helps to foster a true love of reading.
The story of Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles is written exactly in Numeroff form – with silliness at the heart of everything, but this time, instead of helping children to understand that there is a cause and effect for everything, it is her idea to help children to learn about rhyming. Most educators and studies agree that rhyming is the first step to reading, and learning how to rhyme is a great way to teach children about poetry as well. And this tale is all about rhyming, from start to finish!
One unique thing about this tale is that there are different types of rhymes. Numeroff doesn’t keep the same rhyming tempo throughout the book, which is actually a good way to help children to understand that there are different types of rhymes that you can do. For instance in one place she asks “do lions use irons, can chicks read Dickens?” but in another part of the story she writes “This summer when I go to the beach I’d like to collect some shells. I’ll string them together and hang them at home so when the wind blows they’ll sound like bells.”
This type of different rhyming can throw off the cadence of the tale a bit, but it shouldn’t be enough to stop parents from letting their four to eight year olds enjoy it. Down deep, this is a book of poetry and can easily be used to help children to learn about rhyming and to foster a love of reading poetry.