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…it seems (for ages 3-8)

…it seems, by Gary Young

An illustrated, interactive storybook for children
to be read aloud and acted out by parent and child.

For ages 3-9

IT SEEMS…carries on the oral tradition of the “Ole Sloppincabbage” fables,
created during the Depression.  There was no television and little radio, and people
relied on creativity and  imagination to carry them to places of interest, fun, and awe.
The best of these traditions included the family in an active way,
reading, listening, and creating the stories.

The stories can be a little different, or the same, each time they are read.  

It depends on the moment.  Parent and child will enjoy playing with
Mr. Strabinsky (the dog), Ole Sloppincabbage, Luke, and the folks.
The stories are about silly problems for which the characters need a solution.



Read aloud.

Specific portions are meant to be acted out by the parent and child,
but are written in such a way that the story can complete if the parent

or child are not comfortable acting out the portions.


Solving the problem in the book.  The narrative provides for a
solution by the child.  If no solution comes, or if it is a solution

that does not work, the narrative handles this in a positive way

to insure a good outcome.

32 page hardcover book, with at least six books immediately ready.



How do you get a dog out of a tree?
The popcorn eating contest.
Luke gets stuck in a hole.
Eddy Elephant’s Problem.
Luke finds something strange in his sandwich.
Mr. Strabinsky finds a cricket.
A very sticky Halloween.
Benny Bedpost has a booger.
The big, fat egg.
Peanut butter and Luke.

Some of the Characters in …it seems

You! A major contributor to the successful outcome of many of the problems posed in these stories is the person to whom the story is being read. The narrative optionally enables the child to solve the problems in the story.

Ole Sloppincabbage & Luke: Both are dense but loyal and generous.   Always getting into silly predicaments. Luke is married to Phyllis Willis.  Sloppincabbage, whose real name is Willis Willis (Phyllis’ brother), is married to Trudy Streudel Doodle.

Mr. Strabinsky (Sloppincabbage’s dog): wears glasses because he has the eye condition, Strabismus.  Funny, affectionate, smart, a little sneezy.

Mary (age 8):  Sloppincabbage’s daughter, and loyal friend to Luke, very smart, fun-loving, good at solving problems.

Johnny Curbstone (age 8): Luke’s son. Good at listening, but not really plugged in.

Terwilliger: A business man who can sometimes be mean and sometimes be helpful (not always on purpose).

Nate Alwayslate

Bessy Fewclothes

Berkeley Bannanapeel

Waggle; his brother Wiggle

Mable Gatsky, mean lady

plus fifty-five other characters

IT SEEMS-Rough sample of one story

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