Shellie Watkins (2017), in the video 2.2 Onga Bonga book read aloud, reads aloud the book by Frieda Wishinsky. The story tells about the efforts of all the family members to make small baby Louise stop crying. After the numerous failed attempts to calm the child by parents and grandparents, Daniel – Louise’s older brother – finally succeeds by simply telling “Oonga Boonga” to his sister.
As Watkins (2017) mentioned, the story discusses the importance of all the family members’ participation in raising a child, including older siblings. Indeed, the reader sees that only Louise’s older brother could make the infant stop crying, suggesting that sometimes other children may be the best for solving certain issues. This may probably be explained by the fact that kids can relate with and understand the values of other kids better than adults do. Therefore, it can be concluded that all the family members should participate in raising a child as each one of them can add something valuable to the process.
To enhance the engagement with the story, I would use a couple of Jackdaws additionally to the ones used by Watkins (2017). First of all, I would show listeners or readers some objects from the story that were actively (something significant happened to them) involved. For instance, that could be the pictures that fell from the wall due to Louise’s sobbing. I could demonstrate to the audience some pictures with the cracked glass as tangible evidence of events described in the story. Also, I could use finger puppets that represent every family member and conduct some acting while reading the book aloud.
Due to the relatively slow reading speed that was accompanied by voice acting, I could enjoy the book’s illustrations by Carol Thompson, which I would not do otherwise. Rather I would scan the text swiftly without paying attention to anything else. In this regard, listening to expressive reading made my experience more vivid. Additionally, after reflecting on my experience for some time, I understood that I was very annoyed to hear the baby’s crying and was desperately waiting that it would stop. Therefore, in my opinion, Watkins (2017) could perfectly communicate the feelings that the story’s characters experienced dealing with the sobbing child.
Watkins, S. (2017). 2.2 Onga Bonga book read aloud [Video]. YouTube.