Children’s Hour is a 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.
Walking through the Jungle was a favourite book with the toddlers when I first started working in toddler room. In fact it was so loved that it ended up falling apart it had been read that many times. I first encountered it as a song, not as a book. It’s pretty basic in form, walking through the jungle what do you see….I think I see a….chasing after me…. The book does change the song a little by having different environments e.g. iceberg, desert, which is quite good for teaching children a little about the world, and the pictures are bright and colourful with lots of different animals to name. I like the rhythm of the poetry as well, it makes it easy for the children to join in with and has a march like beat to it. I must admit, however, that I like the song better than the book. It leaves more scope for imagination as children can suggest which animals they can find in the jungle.
Buy Walking Through the Jungle:
Book and CD (£5.24)