More Picture Books (possibly not simplified yet)

   

Six Dinner Sid Six Dinner Sid Sid lives at number one, Aristotle Street. He also lives at number two, number t...

   

The Sweetest Fig The Sweetest Fig Monsieur Bibot was a dentist. He had a dog called Marcel. Bibot was not nice t...

   

Tuesday Tuesday It was Tuesday evening around eight o"clock. A lonely turtle sat on his log in the midd...

   

Three Cheers for Errol Three Cheers for Errol Errol was a city rat. He went to a poor school down a drain. He was bad ...

   

Dr Dog Dr Dog 1 This is the Gumboyle family. 2 And this is their dog. He is a doctor. 3 Dr Dog was in...

   

Prince Cinders Prince Cinders Prince Cinders is small and skinny. Look at his brothers. They are big and hairy...

   

I Want a Cat I Want a Cat Jessy wants a cat. Her mum and dad always say, "No!" They give her toy cats, but s...

   

Iím Coming to Get You! I"m Coming to Get You! Deep in another galaxy, a spaceship rushes towards a planet. The spacesh...

   

Willy the Wimp Willy the Wimp Willy is very shy. Whenever somebody knocks into him he says, "I'm sorry." One n...

   

The Gruffalo The Gruffalo A mouse is walking through a wood. A fox sees the mouse. He is hungry and says, W...




Bibliografie dieser Kinderbücher

Bücher, derer Inhalt vereinfacht angeboten wird:

Julia Donaldson und Axel Scheffler: The Gruffalo, Macmillan Children’s Books 1999
Anthony Browne: Willy the Wimp, Walker Books 1995
Tony Ross: I’m Coming to Get You! Puffin Books 1996
Tony Ross: I Want a Cat, Red Fox 1991
Babette Cole: Prince Cinders, Collins Picture Lions 1989
Babette Cole: Dr. Dog, Red Fox 1996
Babette Cole: Three Cheers for Errol, Mammoth 1995
David Wiesner, Tuesday, Clarion Books 1991
Chris van Allsburg: The Sweetest Fig, Andersen Press 1995
Inga Moore: Six Dinner Six, Macdonald Young Books 1998
Bücher, von denen derzeit noch keine vereinfachte Textversion vorhanden ist:

Julia Donaldson und Axel Scheffler: Monkey Puzzle, Macmillan Children’s Books 2000
Julia Donaldson und Axel Scheffler: Room on the Broom, Macmillan Children’s Books 2001
Robert Munsch/Michael Martchenko: The Paper Bag Princess, Anick Press 1980 (Forty-second printing 2002)
Robert Munsch/Michael Martchenko: Mortimer, Anick Press 1985
John Burningham: The Shopping Basket, Picture Lions 1983
David McKee: Not Now, Bernard, Red Fox 1990 (simplified text not necessary)
Helen Ward: The Cockerel and the Fox, Templar Publishing 2002
Trinka Hakes Noble and Steven Kellog: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, Puffin Books 1980
Steven Kellogg: The Mysterious Tadpole, Dial Books 2002
Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley: Luke’s Way of Looking, Hodder Children’s Books 2001


Liebe Kollegin, lieber Kollege, ich habe in den letzten Jahren immer wieder Kinderbücher in englischer Sprache anlässlich von Unterrichtsdemonstrationen in der 1.-3, Klasse der HS/AHS benutzt, wobei die Texte meist vereinfacht dargeboten wurden. Ohne auf die Durchführung im Unterricht im Detail eingehen zu wollen, ist zu bemerken, dass in der Regel ein methodischer Dreischritt (pre-teaching vocab, telling the story, post-text activities) angewandt wurde. Die meisten Texte sind in der present tense, können aber unschwer in die dem Erzählen adäquatere Form der past tense übertragen werden.
Da von den Kolleginnen und Kollegen im Anschluss an die Demonstrationen immer wieder die Frage nach den vereinfachten Texten gestellt wurde, werden im Folgenden 10 dieser Textversionen angeboten.

Günter Gerngross, Graz



Simplified texts:

The Gruffalo

A mouse is walking through a wood. A fox sees the mouse. He is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my underground house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has terrible teeth and terrible claws. And his favourite food is roasted fox.”

“Roasted fox! Oh no! I must run. Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly fox! There are no gruffalos.”

The mouse walks on through the wood. An owl sees the mouse. She is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my treetop house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has terrible claws and a big wart on his nose. And his favourite food is owl ice cream.”
“Owl ice cream! Oh no! I must fly. Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly owl! There are no gruffalos.”

The mouse walks on through the wood. A snake sees the mouse. He is hungry and says,
”Where are you going little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my logpile house.”

“I’m sorry,” the mouse says, “I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”
“A gruffalo?” “What’s a gruffalo?”
“A gruffalo is very big and has orange eyes, his tongue is black and he has purple prickles on his back. And his favourite food is roasted snake.”

“Roasted snake! Oh no! ” the snake says. “Goodbye, little mouse.”
”Ha ha! What a silly snake! There are no gruffalos.”

But what’s that? There is a monster with terrible teeth, terrible claws and a wart on his nose. And he has orange eyes, his tongue is black and he has purple prickles on his back.

“Oh help! It’s a gruffalo.”

“My favourite food!” the gruffalo says, “Mouse on a slice of bread.”
“Aren’t you afraid of me?” the mouse says.
“Ho ho, I am not afraid of a litte mouse.”
“Everyone is afraid of me. Come with me and you’ll see.”
“All right.”

So the mouse and the gruffalo are walking through the wood.
Soon they meet the snake.
“Hello snake,” the mouse says.
The snake looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” he says and quickly hides in his logpile house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

So the mouse and the gruffalo walk on.
Soon they meet the owl.
“Hello owl,” the mouse says.
The owl looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” she says and quickly flies to her treetop house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

So the mouse and the gruffalo walk on.
Soon they meet the fox.
“Hello fox,” the mouse says.
The fox looks at the gruffalo.
“Oh no,” he says and quickly runs to his underground house.
“You see?” says the mouse. “Everyone is afraid of me.”
“Amazing,” says the gruffalo.

“But now I’m very hungry,” the mouse says. “And my favourite food is gruffalo steak.”

“Gruffalo steak! Oh no.”
And the gruffalo runs away as fast as he can.

Now it is very quiet in the wood.
The mouse finds a nut and the nut is good.


Willy the Wimp

Willy is very shy.
Whenever somebody knocks into him he says, "I'm sorry."
One night some gorillas stop him in the street. "I'm sorry," says Willy when a gorilla hits him. "Willy you are a wimp," say the gorillas.
Willy hates the name "wimp".
He starts jogging.
And he eats lots of bananas.
He goes to aerobics classes.
He learns how to box.
And he goes to a body building club.
Willy gets bigger ...and bigger ... and bigger.
And when he looks in the mirror he likes what he sees.
One day Willy sees the gorillas attacking Millie.
The gorillas run away.
"Oh...Willy," says Millie.
"What, Millie?" says Willy.
"You're my hero, Willy," says Millie.
"Oh...Millie," says Willy.
Willy is happy. He is not a wimp. He is a hero. BANG!
"I'm sorry," says Willy.
I’m coming to Get You!

Deep in another galaxy, a spaceship rushes towards a planet.
The spaceship lands and a monster jumps out. "I'm coming to get you!" it shouts.
First, the monster runs after the banana people.
Then it eats the mountains and drinks all the water.
And it eats and eats until its big tummy is full.
Then it flies off to a beautiful blue planet, the Earth.
The monster sees Tommy Brown on its TV in the spaceship.
"I'm coming to get you!" it shouts.
Tommy is at home. He is listening to a story about monsters.
The spaceship comes closer and closer to the Earth.
When Tommy goes to bed, he looks for monsters in the hall and in the bathroom.
There are no monsters. He is happy and goes to bed.
The spaceship lands. The monster gets out and hides behind a rock. "I'm coming to get you in the morning," it says.
The next morning Tommy opens the door.
The monster jumps out from behind the rock and shouts, "I'm coming to get you!"


I Want a Cat

Jessy wants a cat.
Her mum and dad always say, "No!"
They give her toy cats, but she wants a real cat.
Jessy has a plan. She makes herself a cat suit.
Next, she takes her shoes, jeans and sweater and buries them in the garden.
"Now I'm the cat in the house," she says.
On Monday, at school, Jessy jumps up on top of the blackboard.
"Please come down," the teacher says.
On Tuesday, in the restaurant, she eats her fish under the table.
Every day before she goes to bed, she has a bath with her suit on.
And she sleeps on the floor.
And sometimes, she gets up again and howls on the garden wall.
"Please give Jessy a cat," the neighbours say to her mum and dad.
So father buys a cat.
"Woof, woof," says Jessy, "I want a ..."

Prince Cinders

Prince Cinders is small and skinny.
Look at his brothers. They are big and hairy.
Every night they go to the disco in their sports cars.
Prince Cinders has to clean up.
Prince Cinders is sad because he isn't big and hairy like his brothers.
One night a fairy falls down the chimney.
Prince Cinders says, "Can you help me, please?"
The fairy says, "Ziz Ziz Boom, Tic Tac Ta, here's a car."
The car is very small.
Then the fairy says, "Hey, hey, hey I'm a fairy and you shall be big and hairy."
Now Prince Cinders is big and hairy, but he looks like a monkey.
But in the mirror Prince Cinders sees a big and hairy man.
So off he goes to the disco.
But he can't get in. He is too big.
So he goes to the bus stop.
A pretty princess is waiting there. She is scared of the big and hairy monkey.
Suddenly a clock strikes midnight.
And Prince Cinders is small and skinny again.
"Thank you," says the princess, "I was so scared of the big monkey."
Princess Cinders runs away, but he loses his jeans.
Now the princess puts up posters.
She wants to find Prince Cinders.
Lots of princes try to put the jeans on. No luck.
Prince Cinders' brothers try to put the jeans on. No luck.
Then Prince Cinders put the jeans on. They fit.
The princess is happy.
The princess and Prince Cinders marry. They are very happy.
And what about the big, hairy brothers? They have to clean up.


Dr Dog

1 This is the Gumboyle family.
2 And this is their dog. He is a doctor.
3 Dr Dog was in Brazil at a big conference with other doctors.
4 At home Grandad and the Gumboyle children got ill.
5 “Let’s call Dr Dog back,” said Ma Gumboyle.
6 So the Gumboyles sent a fax to Brazil. (We are all ill, please come home.)
7 So Dr Dog came home.
8 Kurt had a very bad cough. “It’s very stupid to smoke,” said Dr Dog.
9 “Smoking is very bad for your lungs. It fills the lungs up with dirty tar.”
10 Gerti never put on her raincoat. So she got a bad cold.
11 “Your tonsils look bad,” said Dr Dog.
12 So he took her tonsils out.
13 Kev Gumboyle was scratching his head.
14 “He’s got lice in his hair.”
15 Dr Dog put smelly shampoo on Kev’s hair.
16 Baby Gumboyle never washed his hands after going to the toilet.
17 He was scratching his bum. “He’s got worms,” said Dr Dog.
18 Dr Dog gave Baby Gumboyle some medicine to kill the worms.
19 Fiona Gumboyle had earache.
20 Dr Dog gave Fiona some medicine.
21 Grandad had too many baked beans and too much beer.
22 He got a tummy ache.
23 So Grandad went to the toilet.
24 He farted so much that he went right through the roof.
25 Now Dr Dog got ill. “Too much stress,” said his doctor. You need a holiday.
26 So Dr Dog went away.
27 “Oh, no,” said Dr Dog when he saw the bottle. (See you soon. The Gumboyles.)

Chant zum Text passend.
Kurt has got a cough,
a bad cough.
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
Gerti has got a cold,
a bad cold.
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
Kev has got lice,
lots of lice.
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
The Baby’s got worms,
lots of worms
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
Fiona’s got earache,
terrible earache.
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
Grandad’s got tummy ache,
terrible tummy ache.
Dr Dog, Dr Dog.
Oh, dear, oh dear,
what a mess.
Six ill Gumboyles
that’s a lot of stress.

Three Cheers for Errol

Errol was a city rat.
He went to a poor school down a drain.
He was bad at maths.
He was bad at spelling.
He was bad at science.
He was bad at art.
"Oh, Errol! You’ve got no brains", they all said.
Every day after school, Errol hurried home.
He was no good at school work but he was very good at sport and he loved to train.
So the headmaster said to Errol, "Errol you'll represent our school in the city schools’ sports competition."
Errol’s rivals were rich rats.
They came from rich schools.
Angelica came from a rich school for girls.
Rodney came from a rich school for boys.
Jeanette came from the richest school in the city.
"We can’t let a poor school like Errol’s win," they said.
So they played a dirty trick on Errol.
Errol was badly hurt.
In the street he saw some acrobats.
Errol had an idea.
"I could do that", he said.
So he started training again.
When Errol arrived at the sports’ competition everybody laughed.
But Errol won the 25 m sprint.
And Errol won the high jump and
Errol won the javelin.
Errol won the swimming.
Errol even won the boxing.
‘What a brainbox !’ they said.


Tuesday

It was Tuesday evening around eight o’clock.
A lonely turtle sat on his log in the middle of a quiet pond.
When suddenly , from out of the bullrushes, little frogs glided overhead on green lily pads.
The frogs on the green lily pads scared away the big black birds on the telegraph wires.
The frogs couldn’t be stopped.
They hurried into town.

At 11.21 Bill was eating his supper..
The frogs glided past his window and into the garden.
The washing hung on the line, blowing gently in the wind.
The frogs couldn’t be stopped.

The frogs on the green lily pads hurried to Granny’s house.
They flew through the open windows .
They flew down the chimney.
They flew into Granny’s living room and there they stopped.
They changed the TV channel.
At 4.38 it was time to go home.
Granny’s unfriendly dog was loose in the yard.
But he couldn’t stop the frogs and they chased him away.
It was now getting lighter and the frogs had to get home.
The magic had gone and the green lily pads fell to the ground.
Quickly the frogs hopped and leapt the rest of the way home.

The next morning the police were trying to solve the mystery.
Who can explain the green lily pads lying all over the ground?

The next Tuesday , at 7.58, nothing was stirring in the farmyard.
Suddenly there were strange noises.
...


The Sweetest Fig

Monsieur Bibot was a dentist. He had a dog called Marcel. Bibot was not nice to his dog. He was always very angry when Marcel jumped on a chair.

One morning, an old woman came to Bibot's office. She had got terrible toothache. Bibot looked in her mouth. "This tooth must come out," he said with a smile.

When Bibot wanted his money the woman gave him two figs. "The figs can make your dreams come true," said the woman. Bibot was very angry. He wanted money and not two figs.

That evening, Bibot ate one of the figs. It was very, very good. Marcel watched him, but Bibot didn't give anything to the poor dog.

In the morning, Bibot dragged Marcel down the stairs. Marcel had short legs and the steps were hard for him.

When Bibot came to the cafe at the corner all the people looked at him. Bibot was only wearing his boxershorts and undershirt.

Bibot quickly ran away. Then he remembered his dream. In his dream he had been in his boxershorts and undershirt and something strange had happened to the Eiffel Tower.

Then he saw it. The Eiffel Tower really looked very strange. Bibot ran home. The people didn't look at the man in his boxershorts and undershirt. They were all looking at the Eiffel Tower.

Bibot understood that the old woman had told him the truth. Now every night Bibot looked into the mirror and said, " Bibot is the richest man on earth."

And in his dreams he really was the richest man.

One evening, Bibot took the second fig from his cupboard. He put the fig on a plate and put it on the table. Tomorrow he would wake up as the richest man in the world.

But when Bibot turned round to get some cheese, Marcel jumped on the chair and ate the fig.

Bibot was furious! He wanted to catch Marcel and beat him, but Marcel hid under the bed.

When Bibot woke up the next morning, he was confused. He was not in his bed. He was under it. Suddenly Bibot saw a face appear. It was his own face. The face said, "Come to Marcel." A hand grabbed Bibot. He wanted to shout, but all he could do was bark.


Six Dinner Sid

Sid lives at number one, Aristotle Street.
He also lives at number two, number three, number four, number five and number six.
Sid lives in six houses so that he can have six dinners.
Every night he has dinner in number one, then in number two and then in number three, four, five and six. Then he is really full.
The people in Aristotle Street do not talk to one another. So they all think Sid is their cat. So Sid has six names. And he sleeps in six different beds.
Life is wonderful for Sid, but one day he gets a bad cough and six people take Sid to the vet.
So Sid doesn't have just one spoonful of medicine. He has six.
The vet rings the people in Aristotle street and they find out that Sid lives in number one and two and three and four and five and six. They are very angry. They say that Sid can only have one dinner a day.
So Sid goes to live at number one, Pythagoras Place. And he also goes to live at numbers two, three, four, five and six.
But here at Pythagoras Place the people talk to one another. So they know that Sid has six dinners. But they don't mind.




The Gruffalo