Language Pattern: Rhyme and Rhythm

A Huge Hog is a Big Pig is an example of a children's picture book that uses the language pattern of rhyme and rhythm. A huge hog is a big pig. A swamp croaker is a bog frog. A chatty parrot is a wordy birdy. A wet hound is a soggy doggy. Point out the rhyme. Use the book to predict.

A Huge Hog is a Big Pig is a book that can be read like a riddle book. Change the text to make a question and ask the child to answer. For example, what is a silly rabbit? A silly rabbit is a funny bunny.

Another book that uses the rhyme and rhythm pattern is Together. You cut the timber and I’ll build the house. You bring the cheese, and I’ll fetch the mouse. You salt the ice and I’ll crank the cream. Let’s put our heads together and dream the same dream.

You can see the rhyme and rhythm in Together.

Another book is Quick as a Cricket. This book may also be used to teach the concept of opposites. I’m as quick as a cricket. I’m as slow as a snail. I’m as small as an ant. I’m as large as a whale. As you read, point out the words that sound the same, or have the child identify the words that have the same ending.

I’m sad as a basset. I’m as happy as a lark. I’m as nice as a bunny. Ask, what’s the opposite of nice? What rhymes with lark? I’m as mean as a shark. See if the child can predict.

Another book that illustrates the rhyme and rhythm pattern is Over in the Meadow. The children like reading along. Over in the meadow in the sand and the sun lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one. “Dig!” said the mother. “I dig,” said the one, so he dug all day in the sand and the sun.

Now it repeats, Over in the meadow where the stream runs blue lived an old mother fish and her little fishes two. “Swim,” said the mother. “We swim,” said the two, so that swam and they leaped where the stream runs blue.

We have rhyme. We have rhythm. We have the cumulative pattern. We have one, two, now we are going to have three.

Children also develop the language of subject-verb agreement in the syntax. You don't need to point this out to young children, but this is good to use for older children.

You can use these picture books and pattern books all through elementary, even middle school, and for English as a second language, these are excellent because you have pictures, or images, to go with the text.

There is a theory called the dual-processing theory. What this theory says is that for the text, the symbols that we read, we create images. So, there are two coding systems we process. We decode the graphic code, or the letters, but we also decode these symbols or words to create images.

In picture books, images are provided. They help us create the movie, or the slides in our mind. Thus, another reason why these books are wonderful to use for teaching reading and language.

A Huge Hog is a Big Pig, Together, Quick as a Cricket, and Over in the Meadow are examples of children's picture books that use the rhyme and rhythm language pattern.