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.
One Mole Digging a Hole is basically a counting book. We find mole and all his friends getting the garden ready for summer. Each page features a different animal doing a different gardening job, and each page rhymes. One mole digging a hole. Two snakes with garden rakes. Three bears picking pears. The children really love the way the book rhymes and enjoy counting the animals. Some of the animals are ones they don’t usually encounter (e.g. storks) which is nice because it’s a way to expose them to animals you don’t find in tradition animal toys. The rhyming helps the children to join in, it makes it easy to remember what the words are so kids can even ‘read’ it to themselves after some time without much trouble. The pictures are lovely and bright, with lots of things going on for the kids to study. One of our kids loved the 3 bears picking pears so much that every time he heard the word bears he would add picking pears at the end. (Actually I say picking pears but he had an issue with the letter p…he would replace it with an f…I’ll let you imagine how that sounded!).
This book was actually in the bookstart set last year and I think it was a pretty good choice.
Buy One Mole Digging a Hole:
Board Book (£4.49)