Monday, January 12, 2009
Pete's a Pizza
Unlike Pete, TOF is a not in a sad mood, but we can't exactly play outside when it's this cold. Instead, we had fun making pizza today! Chef TOF complete with his special apron, made by yours truly.
TOF's pizza was made on a paper plate with some brown construction paper for the crust, some red paper for the sauce and cheese compliments of our trusty paper shredder. Our lunch pizza, Archer Farms, Four Cheese, Super Target $4. Mmmmm Pizza!
Poor Pete! He's in a sour mood because the rain has cancelled his ballgame with his pals. Fortunately, Pete's father knows a few things about cheering up an unhappy boy. Dad decides to turn his son into a pizza!
Dad takes Pete through all the right motions: Kneading the dough (a back rub), stretching it (yoga), and twirling it in the air. Steig draws the dad adding oil (water), flour (baby powder), and tomatoes (red checkers) on top of Pete. Pete can't stop giggling when his mother says she doesn't like tomatoes on her pizza.
Pete plays along, staying quiet, until his mom's well placed tickles elicits more giggles. His dad says, "Pizzas are not supposed to laugh," but the quick-witted Pete retorts, "Pizza Makers are not supposed to tickle their pizzas!" When Dad announces it's time to slice the pizza, Pete runs off. His dad catches him and gives him a big hug, the rain stops, and the story comes to a happy ending. The warmth, humor, and fun pretend play make this yet another great book by William Steig.
It's books and activities like this that are the reason it takes me three months to read 173 pages of Twilight LOL.
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