Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.
You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.
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.
Hurry Home Spider is a book the toddlers have enjoyed for a long time now, but recently it seems to have become very popular for some reason. In the story we follow spider as he travels home through lots of different hazards. There are two voices in the story, one is the narrator who urges the spider home and warns him of hazards. The other voice, that of the spider, explains what he is going to do to get home. Each line from the spider has a direction in and the children can trace the line of the spider’s words to show them the direction. I think the idea is that children learn the words of direction from it, I’m not sure if it’s that effective in this sense, but the children do enjoy being able to interact with the story by following the lines with their fingers. As an adult I find it a little boring to read, but it doesn’t annoy me as some children’s books do (I was so glad when our In the Night Garden book got too ripped to read!)
Hurry Home Spider is no longer being published but you can buy it new or second hand from amazon:
Used (from £2.40)