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Wheels79 Sat 13-Jun-15 20:22:28

Does anyone else have trouble reading Highway Rat. I can't get the rhythm to work. Do you have any tips?

Sweetsecret Sat 13-Jun-15 22:03:53

Yes! it is really difficult to get into any rhythm with it. I think it's the extra "the highway" that makes it difficult. Have no advice other than reading it a few times, to get to grips with

HarrietSchulenberg Sat 13-Jun-15 22:07:51

I adapted it to make it scan better, until ds3 realised he could read it and I'd missed a "the highway" out. He made me read it the "proper" way angry

BikeRunSki Sat 13-Jun-15 22:09:52

I don't like it either

NormHonal Sat 13-Jun-15 22:11:11

Yes, I struggle with that too.

Keep meaning to download the audio book and listen to how it's done on there.

Princessdeb Sat 13-Jun-15 22:16:28

I love reading this book. I use a similar metre to the way I read The Highway Man, the poem it is based on. I find a slightly faster tempo works well. I love Julia Donaldson books mainly because of what a joy they are to read out loud. Although my DD is 8 now and is outgrowing them.

Only1scoop Sat 13-Jun-15 22:17:23

I don't like it

Coffeeinthepark Sat 13-Jun-15 22:22:43

Like it a lot and haven't found it a problem to make it scan. Loved it when my then 3 year old said his toy car was driving "faster, ever faster"

pasbeaucoupdegendarme Sat 13-Jun-15 22:28:20

As princessdeb says, it's a parody of The Highwayman... The metre is just the same. There must be a YouTube version of that somewhere you could listen to to get an idea. The repetition bit is supposed to give the sound of the horse's hooves cantering, I think... The highway, the highway, the highway...

I think it's very clever smile

pookamoo Sat 13-Jun-15 22:32:27

The Highwayman

pookamoo Sat 13-Jun-15 22:40:22

Full poem

Branleuse Sat 13-Jun-15 22:43:37

i love this one, and dont find it a problem

Chocolatewaterfalls Sat 13-Jun-15 22:47:24

I heard Julia Donaldson & family read (and act out!) this at the Oxford literary festival. It was brilliant. I think it sounded great with a scottish accent

hugoagogo Sat 13-Jun-15 22:50:00

I'm not keen either.

Some Julia Donaldson books are brilliant, but they don't all work so well.

Move on and read something else

LaurieMarlow Mon 15-Jun-15 10:24:02

I adore it. But I love The Highway Man so the rhythm is already ingrained.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 15-Jun-15 10:28:12

Im donating mine to an English teacher friend as I hate it and she loves teaching poetry and said she would use it with her lower sets.

Now Stick Man....theres a great JD book. And the Snail and the Whale

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