When we made it up the hill to Boston Street Tara hurried everyone inside. We had work to do! While the kids sat and ate some snacks, pots and pans were starting to bubble on the oven.
The kids didn’t seem to notice what was going on on the stove.
But soon everyone had a part to play in creating our own gummies! (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the recipe)
Once the kids had done their part to help make gummies, and finished their snack (if they had one) they could go and look at books in the living room.
But apparently the floors were extra bouncy, and friends just HAD to be tackled, because the books were mostly ignored.
But somehow, while the gummies set, Tara got everyone to settle (?) down so she could read Chapter 28: Only Charlie Left.
Right away the kids noticed she had a completely different book. Tara explained that when it was first published in the US it was illustrated by a different illustrator. Now all editions are illustrated by Quentin Blake. The kids were worried. They didn’t want to hear a different story. Tara assured everyone the words were exactly the same. Did that mean that Roald Dahl copied out his book from Joseph Schindelman? Clearly, looking at the book, it was not the same.
When there was an illustration, Tara walked around with both the Schindelman illustration, and the Blake illustration.
Early on, there was a definite preference for the Blake pictures they were so familiar with.
At the end of the chapter, Jonah wanted to compare the Oompa Loompas. That worked out, because today we were going to look at how both Blake and Schindelman had depicted the same scenes and characters. Working in groups of three, each group got a piece of paper with a Quentin Blake illustration and a Joseph Schindelman illustration.
They had a few minutes to talk in their group about what they noticed. Then each group presented their pictures. Tara wrote down what they had to say.
Here is what they noticed:
Roisin and Layla compared pictures of Mr and Mrs Bucket. They noticed that Quentin Blake drew very large hands, and Joseph Schindelman drew tiny hands. The Blake picture was clearer and had more details, The Schindelman picture looked evil because it was so dark and hard to see.
Jonah, Fin and Emilia compared pictures of the Oompa Loompas. They noticed that there were different types of details in each picture. Quentin Blake’s picture clearly showed the grass and butterflies in the Chocolate Room, while Schindelman showed the chocolate river and no butterflies. They also noticed how dark and shaded the Schindelman picture was. Also, the Oompas had “jazzy” hair in his picture!
Ruby, Deliah and Ellen looked at pictures of the grandparents. They could see more details, like the lines on the old people’s faces and you could tell they were in a bed in Quentin Blake’s picture. Even though Schindelman’s picture looked like it was daytime, and Blake’s picture had a dark night background, you could see more in the Blake picture.
It was completely unanimous, the Quentin Blake pictures were definitely the preferred.
All of that comparing and contrasting made everyone a bit studious.
It was time to get back to those gummies. Tara called 2-3 kids into the kitchen at a time to help cut the gummies out. Using the top a bottle to shape the gummies, the kids cut out perfectly circular shapes.
While groups of 3 cut out some gummies, everyone else looked at books. We had a little game in our back pocket, but they were all so quiet and content this time, we figured we could do that another time!
And we had lots of yummy gummies to eat and share with siblings as our treat.
Here is the recipe so you can try it at home:
Spray 8″x8″ pan with non-stick cooking spray
Heat 1 cup water to boil
Add 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and stir to dissolve
Add 2 3oz packs of Jell-O (any flavor)
Add 1/2 tsp of Kool-Aid (any flavor)
Stir vigorously (there’s that word again!) until everything is dissolved
Pour into pan and refrigerate for about 20 minutes
Remove and cut into shapes with cookie cutters (or, as in our case, plastic bottle necks)
(We made three times 1/2 the amount in 3 different flavors.)