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Each book is suitable for solo, partner,
group and whole class participation.
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Once upon a time there were three little pigs,
Handsome and plump but not very big ...

This traditional story in rhyme bounces along to combine drama, poetry, reading and performance.

Memorisation happens naturally and easily, greatly adding to the fun.

The stressed words and syllables in bold help the reader maintain the beat.

The pace is slick, fast-paced and brisk, with built-in catch-your-breath spots written in red caps.

Fun is guaranteed for readers and listeners.

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There was once an ugly toad
Who lived in a slimy abode ...

Toad is a tongue-twister poem written for readers and listeners who love descriptions that are highly visual and emotionally dramatic.

The highly descriptive words and phrases paint a strongly pictorial image, with the illustrations contributing another colourful element in this lively and entertaining tale.

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The World's Toughest Tongue Twister

16 A5 pages

'Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.'
Gerald R Ford,
American President 1974-1977

This book is a mouth-moving tongue-twisting enunciation workout so people will understand WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

Read this book out loud and often!

As well as being a lot of fun, this book will help you achieve a multitude of benefits including ...

  • improved social confidence and speech clarity
  • good mouth-muscle strength and breath control
  • pronunciation accuracy and rhythmic consistency
  • thinking ahead of your voice to achieve vocal fluency
  • being expressive by varying pace, pitch and dynamics
  • having a speaking voice that holds listeners' attention
  • possessing a wide vocabulary for higher-level thinking
  • realising that a fine speaking voice is a valuable asset
  • discovering that practice really does make perfect
  • relishing unusual words for their jubilant exuberance.

Look Inside Tongue Twister Speak Clearly



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Mighty Mouth Movers
- Student Book

This is a book like no other because of the way it celebrates the vowel sounds of English.

The Mighty Mouth Mover rhymes have been written to make the serious business of teaching literacy – and in particular how to speak, read and understanding English – into a playful but rigorous learning adventure.

Mighty Mouth Movers is also a wonderful tool to encourage
clarity of speech.

The world of wonder comes bouncing into the classroom as each rhyme is explored, helped in no small measure by the wonderful illustrations especially commissioned for this book

A4 format.

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Mighty Mouth Movers
- Teaching Manual

The MMM Teaching Manual provides a cornucopia of deeper learning possibilities regarding building general knowledge, using imaginative teaching methods and oral language vocabulary boosters.

This book provides teachers with a wide variety of ideas and specific activities that not only assess and enhance progress en route, but shows how to make the daily literacy journey a powerfully successful one for all abilities of student.

A4 format.

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24 pages full colour A4)

These rollicking and all-original poems are built for sharing with friends, performing at school, reciting with family members, presenting on stage, showing off to grandma … and of course reading alone for fun.

The characters you will meet in these pages definitely want to be centre stage, so strut your stuff, dear reader.

Let your voice soar.

Be loud and glorious, and enjoy the variety and surprises of what you discover between the covers of this book.

Suitable for Years 2 to 6.

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This poem is a vivid account of the sounds and sights in a short but dramatic summer storm.

Each page follows an unusual rhyming scheme for you to discover.

Words ending in –ing are incorporated generously.

The story reassures young readers not to be afraid of storms. The drama is taken from an appreciation of nature rather than being frightened, (although the family dog prefers to hide under a bed).

The illustrations demonstrate different drawing styles depicting weather.

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(36 pages A4)

A woman called Alice McBean,
Decided to visit the Queen.
   When she came to the palace
   They said ...

The polite and well-mannered characters in this book are perfectly at ease in homes and schools - and anywhere where words are enjoyed.

There are 35 limericks in all, each one new in content but written in the traditional limerick style.

One is suitable for budding ventriloquists where the lips do not touch for any word - but which one is it?

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Ten Pretty Butterflies

(16 pages A4)

This book is a visual feast, delighting children by taking them into the wonderful world of butterflies, beautiful plant, rhyme and counting.

There’s a surprise hiding on every page for sharp-eyed readers.

The vivid illustrations will encourage children to linger and talk about the details, encouraging observation and vocabulary development in a joyful setting.

Activity pages are included as another good fun feature.

Suitable for home, early childhood organisations and schools, this book would also be a lovely gift.

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Partner Plays and Scripts
Echo and Narcissus

Retold from the Greek legend, children can take turns in reading the lines while simultaneously learning about the larger-than-life characters.

The action is presented in such a way that this Greek myth will have its readers re-visiting it many times because once will definitely not be enough.

This is a story that is part of our world cultural heritage, and as such should be considered to be a part of everyone's general knowledge.

A5 shared-reading format.

Illustrations include beautiful classical art works and sculptures in full colour to help the readers to more fully appreciate how the characters and places in this legend are timeless.

(set of two books)

The Fox and the Crow - Aesop, literature, play-reading, literature, literacy, reading, learning and teaching.

This Aesop's fable is full of delight. We are taken in by the Fox just as much as Crow.

Even though this story is about a fox and a crow, human emotions run high in this story, teaching the young reader valuable life lessons. This is Aesop at its best.

A5 shared-reading format.

(set of two books)

Henny Penny. Traditional story, literature, literacy, learning and teaching.

Henny Penny takes us on a roller-coaster ride that enables the reader to feel what it is like to be thought of as dinner.

However, we are also given an insight into how the fox thinks, although our sympathies will probably not overcome our preference for wanting the well-being of the feathered characters to have precedence.

The imaginative language usage brings this story to life in full first-person drama.

A5 shared-reading format.

(set of two books)

King Midas and the Golden Touch

This lively version brings this classic story into the here and now. Readers feel the action and meet the characters in real time.

Well-structured language and beautiful pictures are perfect companions in this classic tale.

A5 shared-reading format.

(set of two books)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This much-loved story will not only capture the imagination of its readers from the first encounter, it will entice them back many times to re-experience the fun.

The colourful characters not only give permission to be LOUD, they encourage it. Quietly alongside this loudness come the educational matters of promoting fluency, vocabulary and self-expression.

The cliché will entertain both reader and listener.

A5 shared-reading format.

(set of two books)

Scripted plays for
simultaneous group reading

These scripted plays have vivid dialogue and beautiful illustrations to add to the reading and/or performance experience of children acting the parts of legendary characters. Production and staging notes are included in each book.

The Story of Pandora

The Story of Pandora is a Greek myth that everyone should know, and what better way than as a play.

The complications and ins and outs of this highly dramatic story brings the characters to life, not only for the performers but also to listeners.

The role of the on-stage storyteller provides continuity of the story development.

Full colour A4 format.

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The Riddle of the Sphinx

This version of the famous Greek myth stays true to the story as it unravels the complications and dramatic events for both the participant and the listener. Adapted from the Greek myth, this play is for six characters performed by three or more actors. This edition not only brings the story to life through vivid dialogue, it illustrates the drama with beautiful works of art that reflect different interpretations.

Full production and background notes are included.

Full colour A4 format.

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Educational benefits

These plays and poetry provide:

  • opportunities to build vocal confidence by using a different voice to the one used every day
  • discovering the pleasures and benefits gained by rehearsing and modifying until satisfied with the result
  • visualisation development to see in the mind new events because of what the words are conveying and how they are doing this
  • vocabulary extension to see, hear and say familiar words in new and imaginative contexts
  • an example of the power and energy words have in human communication
  • an arena to try out personal preferences regarding dramatic expression, pace, volume, pitch, body language and so on
  • ways to engage with an audience; discovering the benefits of memorisation; using facial expression, vocal variations and body language to convey emotion
  • oral reading skill development including voice projection, word clarity, adding vocal surprises to build and release tension, the stretching of vowels, the exaggeration of consonants and so on
  • social interaction and diplomacy development
  • experience in trying out a variety of specific performance skills such as ways to enter, stand, move, acknowledge the audience, exit, and maintain the drama from start to finish
  • opportunities to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary
  • a vivid and memorable theatrical experience
  • "I want to be the king!"
    No more fighting over who plays what character as several books are in shared-reading format - to be read out-loud, in turn, by rows. The main benefit is that everyone gets to be every character, everyone has the same number of turns reading, and the readers learn from each other how to show expression and 'be' the character. By re-starting with a different person, the roles change again. (Of course, the books can be read solo for a lot of private enjoyment.)

(c) All works copyright by Ellie Hallett 2016-2020