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!
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?
With a little bit of imagination we can start to change this tongue twister, keeping the format the same but changing the words so that they become ours. So, ‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers’ might become:
Mary Mucker mixed a mess of muddy mangoes
Betty Bairstow baked a batch of buttery biscuits
Adaptation of the original’s remaining three lines becomes a fun 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?
The next step, following the ideas we saw in the film above, is to ask the question, ‘Where is the mess of muddy mangoes Mary Mucker mixed?’ Or ‘Where’s the batch of buttery biscuits Betty Bairstow baked?”
My next four lines look like this:
Many in Middle Muckwith mused over the missing muddy mangos.
“Maybe Mary Mucker mislaid them.” muttered Mayor Malcolm?
“Or melted them to make melting mango muffins,” muted Mademoiselle Maureen.
Mild-mannered Mervyn the magistrate made up his mind to unmask the mystery.
To tell your tale you might need some other characters and definitely a villain or two. Maybe – Mysterious Micky Mitchell or Brainy Brenda Brixton. So, why not grab a dictionary and begin your own tonsil tickling tongue twister tale. You might even want to leave your ideas in the comments section below.
A writer of short stories.