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Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
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Dec 28, 2010

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Mr. Gumpy lives in a house by a river. He goes to take his boat out on the river, and the local children and animals ask if they can come along for the ride. He says that they can come, as long as they behave. He tells the children that they can’t squabble, the pig that he can’t “muck about” and other such things to the other animals. At first, everyone is behaving on the boat ride, but then everyone starts doing the things Mr. Gumpy told them not to. The boat tips over, and they all swim ashore to have tea.
The illustrations are drawn in colored pencil, and are very interesting to look at. The pictures are not bright enough to use for a stortyime session, as the children would not be able to see the pictures very well. However, this could be changed into a flannel board story very easily, and the children would greatly enjoy the repetition and the crowded boat.

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