50 pages • paperback
Full Color Cartoons
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches
Written and Illustrated by
Philip Copitch, Ph.D.
Veteran teacher Geri Copitch
Lots of jokes, stories and a bunch of full color cartoons especially for kids and kids at heart.
Jokes Stories and Cartoons I can read to you
Encouraging reading with laughs and funny stories and full color cartoons. For boys and girls in elementary school. Printed in full color.
How do you kill a blue elephant?
With a blue elephant gun.
How do you kill a pink elephant?
Hold its nose until it turns blue, and shoot it with a blue elephant gun.
How do you kill a white elephant?
Tickle it pink, hold its nose until it turns blue, and shoot it with a blue elephant gun.
How do you kill a yellow elephant?
Who's ever heard of a yellow elephant?
In this book we meet Poppa Ganush, a teller of very tall tales. In short story format.
We get to meet Thor who is having an argument with his wife.
We even go on a long walk to the moon
We also get to find out how fish sticks were invented by sea critters in a 5 page graphic novel format.
Why was the pig kicked off the basketball team?
Because he was a ball hog!
Did you hear that a ghost tried out for the soccer team?
He wanted to play ghoul keeper.
The football coach was really mad at the soda machine.
He wanted his quarter back.
Full Color Cartoons
What says moof?
A cow with buck teeth.
In addition to just being fun, jokes and joke telling introduce children to important skills they will need to be successful children, and later successful adults. Through joke telling even the shyest kids can practice acceptable social interaction with peers. Additionally, they explore language with its nuances, alliterations, and play on words. What a delight!
Most school curriculum stress the importance of developing speaking and listening skills. Without knowing it, our kids are practicing these very skills when they work on honing their joke delivery (how well they tell the joke) and ‘getting’ the punchline - which often is built on a play on words - What do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer! or a sudden twist - A plane crashes on the border of the USA and Canada. Where do you bury the survivors? Silly, you don’t bury survivors!
In California, where I have taught for close to twenty years, fourth and fifth graders are expected to learn and use different types of figurative language. Jokes are a wonderful way to practice these. For example personification - giving animals or objects human qualities - Why did the elephant paint her toenails different colors? So she could hide in the jellybeans! Or hyperbole - using outrageous exaggeration - Your momma is so old she sat next to George Washington in second grade!
Other important speaking skills include using tone and inflection, phrasing, modulation, and verbal cues. You have to say these just right to get your point across: Who wrote these books? How to Waste Time, by I. Doolittle; Attack From Another World, by Ray Gunn; I Can’t Hear You, by Danielle Lauder.
The infamous knock-knock joke uses many of these oral language skills. Knock-knock Who’s there? Juicy-Juicy who? Juicy where I left my bike? I can’t find it! What child hasn’t rolled on the floor with laughter after telling one of these.
In a world where children often have to do what adults want them to do, the process of telling a joke lets the child be the leader and control the situation, for a moment, in a positive way.
Jokes break the ice and give kids a ‘safe’ and comfortable way to engage others they normally feel shy or uncomfortable around. They provide ways to use language and words to build pictures in new and different ways. And of course, laughter is the best medicine.
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