Virtual Writers Group – Playing With Alliteration

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We all know about Peter Piper and the pickled peppers he picked but have you ever wondered what happened to those pickled peppers?

This entertaining video from HISHE Kids will tell you, in detail, the whole sorry plot! While it is aimed at children it is fun to watch and is packed with complex alliteration.

I hope you enjoy it and, afterwards I have some ideas you might want to explore.

The Peter Piper rhyme we all know contains these four lines:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Let’s take the first line and change it, one word at a time, to produce a new twister based on a fresh key letter. So:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

might become

Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes

or

Betty Bairstow baked a batch of buttery biscuits

Adaptation of the original’s remaining three lines becomes a fun grammar exercise.

Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes.
A mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed.
If Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes,
Where’s the mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed?

If you are feeling adventurous then the next step is to answer the question. ‘Where is the mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed?’ Or ‘Where’s the batch of buttery biscuits Betty Bairstow baked?”

To tell your tale you might need some other characters and definitely a villain or two. Maybe – Mysterious Micky Mitchell or Brainy Brenda Brixton.

Here are some great opportunities to pick up that dictionary and go word hunting!

Have fun and maybe leave your creations in the comments below.

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