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Classic and irresistible story about life, love and growing old.... Get the lesson plan for this and other stories by Robert Munsch

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Comment by Carlos Raul Lopez Reatiga on January 16, 2009 at 6:33am
Thanks David for this beautiful story.
It really touched me.

Man, you never know how much you can love your kids. I have six children and four of them* still go out with me to the movies, have lunch, play sports, and do many things. They are the biggest gift a person can be proud of.
Thanks again.

* I have a pair of twins, two gorgeous girls, who live with their Mom but never go out with us.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 16, 2009 at 5:51pm
Ok, I've got to admit... I've always found this story a little strange... almost too much love between the son and his mom as he gets to be an adult... not at the end, when she's old, in between that and being a kid... Oh, I am such a killjoy! But it occurred to my sons, too, as we read it when they were young... and we are a big snuggly family. Just a little creepy to have your mother come in when you are a man and rock you and sing you that song while you sleep... Maybe it was the illustrations...

I know many people love it.

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Comment by ddeubel on January 16, 2009 at 10:55pm
Carlos, I"m glad you enjoyed it but all the thanks go to Robert Munsch (who is reading the story) . I second everything you said about family/kids!

I like the repetition in the story, really a prime example of that and its effectiveness...

Ellen, yeah, could be creepy but you are showing your American puritanical streak! Europeans have no problem with that.... :)

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 17, 2009 at 3:34am
:D

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Comment by ddeubel on January 17, 2009 at 5:42am
Ellen,

I'm glad you get what I mean!

Reminds me a story from long ago just after the Czech rep. came out from behind the iron curtain. A new teacher , an American came to the school I was teaching at and helping to set up. Small spa city. I took him the first Sat. to the Hotel Thermal. Beautiful natural spring water fed swimming pool and a great sauna. However, to my shock, he wouldn't go nude into the sauna! This was required and normal there. Men or women. Men went nude and were given a white sheet but usually just sat on it . Woman sometimes covered themselves with the sheet but most often acted just like the men.

Anyways, he insisted on wearing his "shorts". I said there would be hell to pay from the babushky, the old ladies who controlled the place and continually mopped. Sure enough, she saw him in there through the window with his shorts on and came in screaming. I remember her gesturing in disgust, hand motions for him to pull off his shorts. He was blushing and ran out of there. I met him for coffee later but he never went back!

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Comment by ddeubel on June 16, 2010 at 10:43am
A very special speech/talk by Robert Munsch, full of stories and also about how his book became a bestseller in Mohawk and many other languages. Inisight into the dynamics and tragedy of native people's in Canada. Special.

View HERE or download HERE.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on June 16, 2010 at 11:39am
Your story reminds me of how I sent Chuck and my father to a hot tub place just a few blocks from my house on the morning of our wedding. It was (still is) run by hippies. I had never been there but it always sounded nice, and I thought it would be a good way to relax before the wedding... I didn't realize they'd be soaking naked, with naked women!! :D It was quite a surprise for my father (Chuck too- he thought I was a very understanding and generous wife!)

He told me the women were not sexy : )

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Comment by Ellen Pham on July 9, 2011 at 9:29pm
I still say this story is creepy!

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Comment by ddeubel on July 11, 2011 at 2:11am

Oh Ellen - you'd make a good deconstructivist. Even a feminist one. You know those famous French guys like Derrida etc..... Or perhaps it is a typical American presbyterian streak running through you - against  a  mother holding her 30 year old son and singing a lullabye!  Doesn't creep me but I see your side of things ...... 

 

 

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