Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
In terms of teaching type books Take Turns Max and Millie is rather good. It’s one of a series of Max and Millie books, the only one I’ve read, and it seems the whole series is about teaching children different things which parents may struggle with. Take Turns Max and Millie is of course about sharing. Max and Millie find that there is a new, exciting toy at nursery- a car. They both want to play bit Max gets there first and won’t let Millie have a turn. The teachers shows Max and Millie how they can play with the car together and they soon learn that this is much more fun. The children enjoy all the noises included in the book (the sounds Max and Millie make when they are driving the car, and when they are fighting). They can recognise that Max should share with Millie (but of course if you ask them they always share at nursery!). It’s a good way to get the message across. The pictures are bright and quite simple which make them attractive to the children. It’s not the most exciting story in the world but the children still enjoy it.
Buy Take Turns Max and Millie:
Board book (£5.13)