Storytime with To Market To Market

To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Published by Harcourt Childrens 1997
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig … What’s a poor shopper to do when her groceries have a mind of their own?
To market, to market is a nursery rhyme from my (much) younger days. I love the twist in this one where every item-in this case animal, gets up to mischief in the woman’s home. I love her exasperation, the kids love pointing out where the animals are and what they are doing. Eventually the woman becomes so fed-up that she just makes soup for lunch. The illustrations are fantastic and there is high contrast between the black and white photograph like backgrounds and the bright colours in the animals, food and people. It’s a favourite to share because the possiblities are endless for extension activities.
A few things you could try that have worked for me:
Art: we’ve done soup can art like Andy Warhol
Game: I’ve brought in (toy) food items and have set up a grocery game where the children “buy” the groceries to make their lunch.
Craft: I’ve provided clipings from flyers of different types of foods. The children glued their food choices to a paperbag template.
Songs: We’ve shared the tradition to market rhyme as well as the circle song “We’re going to the Market”
Science: We’ve looked at the characteristics of the animals in the book-where they live, what they eat.

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