|Wright, B.F. 1916|
Notes: Cox identifies the source of this story as from Comparetti, Novelline Populari Italiane, 1875. (Cox, 1892/2010 p.60) The pumpkin shell disguise is one of dozens, as will be revealed as postings continue throughout 2011. Pumpkin shell clothing does have some history in literature, as you will see below. Note that Charles Perrault's original book of fairy tales was originally published as Conte des ma mèr l'Oye, which translates as Tales of Mother Goose, "in short, tall tales or tales of make believe". (Arbuthnot, A., 1965)
Montessori Connection 6-9: Literature/Poetry/Mother Goose Rhymes: Peter Pumpkin Eater
1. Read the story of Little Ugly Gourd.
2. Research about pumpkins in Africa, North America, and Europe.
3. Learn to say this Mother Goose Rhyme by heart: Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, had a wife and couldn't keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell, and there he kept her, very well!
4. Write the poem in pencil on lined paper.
5. Ask someone to spell-check it.
6. Make corrections.
7. Draw or paint a picture of a pumpkin, using colored pencils, water colors, markers or crayons.
8. Mount the writing and the drawing together, and label the back with your name and the date.
Ages 9-12: Fundamental Needs of People: Lighting the Dark/Lanterns/ Pumpkins as Candle Holders
1. Read Little Ugly Gourd.
2. Read The Pumpkin-Eater, p.98 The Real Mother Goose.
3. Think about darkness and light.
4. Title a page in your Cultural notebook, fold it into two columns, and label one THEN the other NOW.
5. How do you and people you know light up the night? List them under NOW. Do the same for THEN.
6. Learn about the history of pumpkins, turnips, and gourds as lanterns. Try these books: Halloween (Holiday Histories), Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History.