3.en.48 Dress rehearsal: Te Pillé Caperucita and Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes


Last week I had the opportunity to see your rehearsal of Te Pillé Caperucita. I was quite impressed, you have improved a lot and you did a great job. Improving your diction,  your body language and  using acting techniques will help you overcome shyness and  become better at speaking in front of an audience. In English, you have proved your acting skills putting on stage a fable. Don’t you remember? The sun and the wind.  Right now, you are presenting your food project to the class and, again, you are developing awareness on how important it is to be confident in order to put your message through.

Fairy tales are often transformed and twisted. Roald Dahl, created a great collection of rhymes using traditional fairy tales. Let’s see what you think of his version of Lilltle Red Riding Hood. We’ll practice reading it aloud together.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma’s door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, “May I come in?”
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
“He’s going to eat me up!” she cried.

And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, “That’s not enough!
I haven’t yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!”
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
“I’ve got to have a second helping!”
Then added with a frightful leer,
“I’m therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood.”
He quickly put on Grandma’s clothes,
(Of course he hadn’t eaten those).
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes, and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma’s chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,

“What great big ears you have, Grandma.”
“All the better to hear you with,” the Wolf replied.
“What great big eyes you have, Grandma.”
said Little Red Riding Hood.
“All the better to see you with,” the Wolf replied.

He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She’s going to taste like caviar.

Then Little Red Riding Hood said, “But Grandma,
what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.”

“That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. “Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, “Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.”

Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhyme


Una resposta to “3.en.48 Dress rehearsal: Te Pillé Caperucita and Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes”

  1. juliariudez1999 Says:

    Well, as every time, I learn much of vocabulary. In this strange but funny poem I learn these new words:

    Sharp: Afilados.
    Yet: Sin embargo
    Yelp: Eructar
    Therefore: Por lo tanto
    Furry: Peludo
    Eyelid: Párpado
    Flicker: Parpadeo
    Knicker: Ropa interior
    Aims: Apuntar
    Shoot: Disparar
    Silly: De tonto.

    That’s all the words that I learn. The poem it’s unexpected. And this is the fun part of the history. With our representation “Te Pillé Caperucita” is the same. The history is twisted and it’s funny.

    I like very much! 🙂

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