Sunday, November 4, 2007

Tonight, the role of Tyrone will be played by...

Ben is now in the habit of recasting the stories he recites and/or acts out with completely different characters. He substitutes the new character's name for every instance of the original, and changes the pronouns - correctly and consistently - throughout.

A few examples:

The Backyardigans story, The Secret of Snow, is inhabited by the cast of Caillou.

  • The Ice Lady: Calliou (becomes The Ice Boy)
  • The Ice Lady's assistant: Rosie
  • Uniqua: Sarah

The Cars Read-a-long Book, specifically in the scene where Lightning goes on a drive with Sally, becomes a family drama.
  • Lightning McQueen: Ben
  • Sally: Mommy

The Thomas the Tank Engine story, Cranky Bugs, specifically the scene of the ship crashing into the sheds, is retold featuring classmates from preschool.

  • Cranky: Saki
  • Duck: Gabi
  • Gordon: Wesley
  • Sir Topham Hat: Lourdes
  • References to "the engines": "the children"
  • References to "the shed": "the playground"

The Backyardigans story, Secret Agents, is played with a cast of stuffed animals.

  • Agent Pablo: Wedgehead (the Ugly Doll)
  • Agent Uniqua: Monkey
  • Agent Tyrone: Corduroy (the Bear)

The book, The Napping House, again, the ensemble of stuffed animals.

  • The granny: Ben
  • The child: Corduroy
  • The dog: Monkey
  • The cat: Pooh
  • The mouse: Doggie
  • The flea: Max (plush version of Where the Wild Things Are character)

2 comments:

Rolfe said...

This sounds so much like something my boy Soren would do. He has come up with about twenty different naming schemes for our family.

We're each named after a planet. We're each named after a backyardigan. We're each named after a letter (of course). We each have a few different numbers. And so on.

He'll pick a naming convention and stick with it, sometimes for an hour, sometimes for days. It's cute, but we have a hard time keeping track of who we are!

Christa said...

Yes - it keeps us on our toes. We may be endowed at any moment as another character. Ben will simply come up to us and say, "Hi Dora!" and then I know I have to say "Hi, Boots!"