I really like how this story can lighten the necessity of helping kids learn manners. Rather than calling them out and saying “Chloe! Use your fork! Don’t eat with your hands!” I can tell a funny story about the Gloops and how they don’t use their forks and how terrible that is! The kids get the message without feeling personally attacked or called out. We all end up giggling and coming up with more silly ideas about the Gloops rather than feeling grumpy.
Apparently, this story came from a very popular series of children’s poetry books about the “Goops” written between 1900 and 1950. In fact, the book of poems about the Goops was so popular in the early 1900’s that the word “Goop” now appears in the dictionary referring to a bad-mannered or inconsiderate person. Interesting! Although they are called the “Goops”, somewhere along the way, our family started calling them the “Gloops”… but I think it sounds messier anyway!