What is a slodge? While reading this week’s Port Pick will give you a picture of this creature, rest assured a slodge is entirely fictional, though sort of cute in a green blobby kind of way. Author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Jenni Desmond introduce us to the very first slodge ever in The First Slodge. She crawls out of the green muck of a pond and begins to experience the first sunrise, the first sunset, stars, moon, etc. greeting all of it by saying, “my day, my night,” and “my star, my moon,” and so on. The first slodge is experiencing all of creation, including the first ripe fruit. After the first bite she takes a nap only to find someone else had taken a bite of her fruit. It is another slodge! Each thought they were the only one! A fight ensues, but after nearly losing the fruit to a snawk (in the water) the two slodges realize that it is better to have made the first friend and call things “ours.” This storybook is a great introduction for toddlers to the idea that an item can belong to someone else, or to the group as a whole.
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