Backwards Children's Stories

Chewbacca has lately been demanding that we not only read stories from start to finish, but also backwards to the start. I think it's just because he doesn't really understand how books work yet, and really just likes looking at the pictures. But it's also made me realize that when your kids are really young, you can get double the value out of your books from reading them backward. The problem is, the story lines change a bit if read backward. So, just to give you a heads up, here's what happen when you read some of these kids classics backward.


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A beautiful butterfly is turned into a caterpillar and then slowly starves to death.

  • The Giving Tree: An uplifting story about a stump that is slowly built back into a beautiful tree, piece by piece, by a old man who has "Bennjamin Button" syndrome.

  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie: A mouse puts a house back together step by step, pukes up everything he's eaten for the day, and then leaves.

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon: A small boy leaves his house to go on a journey erasing an entire purple kingdom.

  • Are you my mother: A baby bird leaves his mom, only to return to the nest after talking to a bunch of unhelpful strangers.

  • Moo Ba La La La: Turns out this one is pretty much the same from front to back. This book has no plot, and is pretty much the bane of my existence.

What are some of your favorite kid's stories read backwards?



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