This is to read aloud, because it is all about the sound and shape of words. You can read it to children who can't read yet. They will hear some of the Os and see others on the page. They will have a sense that they are missing something, but that is all to the good: they will want to read when the time comes. In the meantime, pirates, men in black cloaks, treasure maps, and the final intervention of word spirits will keep them happy.
A pirate with a map meets up with another pirate with a boat and crew and they sail to the island or Ooroo where there is supposed to be treasure buried. The map they have doesn't have the location, and they ransack the island looking for it.
The captain of the boat hates the letter O and gradually tries to rid the island of it, either taking the Os out of words, or getting rid of the things themselves. The islanders plot to defeat the pirates, finding the important O words that will enable them to have the power.
Interesting but not a favourite.
When a wacky pirate named Black and his fellow buccaneer Littlejack land on an island that doesn?t yield up treasure as quickly as the scurvy knaves would like, Black takes out his anger by stripping the land of the letter O, which he?s hated every since his mother got stuck in a porthole and had to be pushed out instead of pulled in. Lacking this valuable vowel means big changes for the island of Ooroo?which is now known as just ?r.? Geese have to stay together?if one wanders off, it risks becoming a forbidden goose. Owls can?t hoot?they can?t even be owls. Cats can?t meow, dogs are verboten. The islanders can?t read books, or cook food, or even live in houses. Instead, they have to read magazines, eat snacks, and live in shacks. Shoe becomes she and woe becomes we; life gets very confusing indeed. But these folk are not about to give up without a fight. They keep their poodle dogs?they just speak French and proclaim their canines to be chiens caniche. They meet secretly in the forest where they utter the prohibited letter in hushed but defiant whispers. And, led by clever Andreus and the even wiser Andrea, they refuse to give up on hope, love, valor, and freedom. This children?s classic, first published in 1957, has been rediscovered the republished as part of the New York Review Children?s Collection. Author James Thurber?s wordplay is remarkable?the rhythm of the narrative dips and dives and sings and rhymes, and the jaunty illustrations by Marc Simont add vigor and zest to a sprightly little fable that is already instructive, creative, worldly, and wise.
“Where are you ging?” the woman asked her husband.
“Ut!” he snapped.
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