Little Children -- Big Words

Apr 12, 2023
Hedda Sharapan


Little Children -- Big Words

The other day I heard a child singing “Row, row, row your boat,” and I couldn’t help thinking of the delightful version of that song that Fred wrote for King Friday –

Propel, propel, propel your craft…
Gently down liquid solution. 
Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,
Existence is but an illusion!

Fred loved introducing his viewers to “big” words. Yes, he did speak in simple and clear language that could be easily understood by his young viewers, but at the same time, he knew how important it is to enrich their vocabulary. Fred didn’t “dumb down” the language. He raised it up.

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