|By Margie Palatini
Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes is an adorable story about a fox trying to reach grapes
high up in a tree and getting all of his friends to help him. He thinks
he is the smartest of all the creatures in the forest, so he is boss and tells
all of his friends how they are to help. Even though each individual
friend could have done the job itself using its own skills, the fox, in his
pride, insists on telling everyone what do to. After all of the failed
attempts by the fox and his crew, the friends get the grapes on their own and
the fox goes away empty handed and ashamed. It’s a really fun read, and
the kids start to predict what will happen as each animal friend comes into the
challenge for your kids to figure out.
We chose to place a shoe up in a tree and tell Grace that it was her responsibility
to get it down (with her own hands) and to figure out how to do it. Just
like the fox did!
right across each row, you can see the order of events for how she went about
getting the shoe. (Thanks Daddy for the shoe!)
dad to stand near the tree so she could climb on him.
get up on dad’s shoulders, she went down to the picnic table and asked us to
bring it over as a way for her to get higher.
ask Dad to sit down so she could climb on his shoulders.
with her on his shoulders and his feet on the ground, they still were not tall
Finally, she asked Jesse to stand on the picnic table seat so they could reach.
You can create the story for lunch by using a slice of summer sausage cut into a triangle, 4 sticks, and two crescent shapes to make the fox. Next, make a tree by slicing a peanut butter sandwich as shown. Use some cut celery for the ground and a couple of the celery leaves for the tree tops. Finally, add the grapes, and your child will be delighted to see the story come alive!