Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: a Tale of a Very Greedy Cat by Meilo So

Schema: folktales

In this retelling of a folktale from India, a very greedy cat demonstrates his greed by eating everything.

Sequencing could be used by sequencing the order of what he eats.

Cause and Effect:  Because cats eats too much, the effect is that he gets fat and gets cut open.   Another effect is that he wants to be less greedy and realizes that the parrot really is a friend worth having.  Students enjoy this humorous story.

Predicting: Predict what the cat will do with each scene.  Repeat the refrain of “Gobble, gobble, slip, slop” each time it comes up.

Internal Consistency:  Since this is a folktale from India, and folktales are retold to teach the values of a culture, what values do you think this story is teaching?  I think this story is teaching people to be considerate of others, to share, and not to be greedy.

Synthesis: Retell the same story with a setting and characters from a different culture.


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