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.
Monkey and Rabbit Together is a bit different when it comes to my Children’s Hour books in that I was asked to review it (I usually just review what the children have been enjoying). The author sent me 3 of his children’s books and Monkey and Rabbit together is definitely my favourite. I was unsure of how the kids would react to it however as I thought it might be a bit long and grown-up for the toddlers. In some ways I was right, the younger toddlers did find it a little difficult to stay focused throughout the story- but the older toddlers enjoyed it quite a lot. I think the pictures initially attracted their attention, they are very bright and bold and the kids tend to like animal based stories. They also found the references to monkey scratching his bottom to be funny, and laughed and said “ewww” every time he did it. They liked me adding actions as well to show monkey and rabbit’s bad habits. They also liked it during the rest of the day when I said they were being like rabbit when they weren’t sitting still.
Monkey and Rabbit Together is based on a West African folktale, and the book is dual language in English and Chinese.
Monkey and Rabbit Together is not available in the UK but you can get it shipped from The Book Depository for free: