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Friday, 17 December 2010

Dear Julia Donaldson, on rhyming for Northerners.

Dear Julia Donaldson

I think you are an amazing writer and poet.  However, I have a problem with some of your rhymes.  In Stick Man, you rhyme laugh and scarf.  And In Tyrannosaurus Drip, you rhyme can't and plant.  Sorry Julia, but they don't rhyme, not in the North of England.  Each time we get to these bits, and we get there a lot, because my kids love your books, the words stick in my throat.  And the time I had to read Stick Man in public, at playgroup, how humiliating.  Apart from that, we believe you are a complete genius.

Laugh rhymes with phaff, gaff, naff.
Scarf rhymes with barf, hearth,
Plant rhymes with pant,
Can't rhymes with not a lot up North.

Best wishes

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By the way, I've been shortlisted for the Brilliance in Blogging Award, if you've enjoyed reading this, would you take just one little minute to vote for me?  I'm in the first category - Fresh Voice of 2010.  Just click on the flag:

Thank you :) x

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At 17 December 2010 at 08:53 , Blogger wendy_mcd83 said...

I have the opposite problem! Before having Fred I was a Specialist Teacher assistant working with year 4s. We were doing limericks and I was feeling smug in my rhyming prowess, helping out one particular little lad. We wrote a lovely limerick about a giggling baby cow which was looking so good until aforementioned child was picked to read it out. As a Southener in a Northern world, no one told me that calf and laugh did not rhyme! I'm with Julia Donaldson on this one!!

At 17 December 2010 at 09:14 , Blogger The Moiderer said...

lol. Accent based rhyming. Interesting. Bit Pam Ayres isn't it?

At 17 December 2010 at 09:41 , Blogger Hanzor said...

Hehe, very true. I think the only think can't rhymes with is shan't isn't it? :) x

At 17 December 2010 at 12:55 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Wendy that's a brilliant story!
The Moiderer - I had forgotten all about Pam. I just get annoyed that the whole book rhymes in Northen or Southern except for one rhyme.
Hanzor - 'shan't' how could I have overlooked that one, gets said alot in this house.

At 17 December 2010 at 12:57 , Anonymous Metropolitan Mum said...

What? Calf and laugh don't rhyme? I am lost here. Glad to have somewhat sorted all the London accents so far. Cockney ain't easy, innit...

Thanks for your comment. No prize for a clean house is a disappointment though... ;)

At 17 December 2010 at 14:22 , Anonymous @jencull (jen) said...

Well done on making the shortlist, best of luck:) Jen

At 17 December 2010 at 14:59 , Blogger SuperLittleMen said...

LOL, this is so true and we too stiumbl at some words as I simply can't bring myself to say them so poshly!

At 17 December 2010 at 14:59 , Blogger Carrie said...

I voted for you!
My nephew has a Dear So and So letter that is funny. It says;
Dear Math,
Grow up and solve your own problems.
He is in school, of course.

At 17 December 2010 at 16:15 , Anonymous Kat said...

...and as an American, well I just get entirely confused by everyone! ;)

At 17 December 2010 at 17:34 , Blogger Emma said...

Sorry I'm with Julia Donaldson as well on this!

At 17 December 2010 at 17:41 , Blogger ~Mama said...

Congratulations and best of luck! And thanks for the pronunciation tips :), I need all the help I can get in that regard...

At 17 December 2010 at 20:41 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Carrie I love your nephew's dear so and so.

Thanks for the votes xx and well aren't we a multicultural bunch?! Just read a bedtime story set in Missisippi, in a deep south dialect of many years ago, great fun, but made me realise a couple of misrhyming words is nothing really is it!

At 17 December 2010 at 21:25 , Blogger Mummysquared said...

Dear Penny,

There once was a mouse who sounded bizarre,
due to the fact that he lived quite far,
you see,
he lived far North of the Watford Gap,
and everyone said, well fancy that!
These rhymes aren't for you
for you haven't a clue
How to pronounce the words right
You silly wee mite
Everyone should speak in the Queen's RP
and no-one should dare to argue with me
Or indeed live North of the Watford Gap
If you do, it's your problem, and that is that.

Julia Donaldson

ps. Anna at Mummysquared agrees with you (and the mouse who came from far North of the Watford Gap).

At 17 December 2010 at 22:01 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Mummy squared that is amazing! Right you need to write kid's books now. I mean it.

I always felt an affiliation with the mouse in the Gruffalo. Now I know why :)

Thank you I will print that out and treasure it xxx

At 18 December 2010 at 08:43 , Anonymous Parklover said...

I have exactly the same issue. The worst example was a really cool buggy book someone bought us called "Giraffe in a scarf". It was full of animals rhyming with their clothing, and the one they chose for the title was the one that doesn't rhyme unles you are from "down south"!

At 18 December 2010 at 12:39 , Anonymous Honest Mum said...

Thank you for making me laugh-brilliant and so true and I actually thought Mummysquared was Julia Donaldson. Brilliant


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