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.
When the kid’s brought in books to read a couple of weeks ago every child wanted to read Hello Kitty ABC which one of the children brought in. They loved the bright pictures with familiar Hello Kitty characters, and the enjoyed saying what all the pictures were. As a bright, child-friendly book it was great, and being a shiny board book would probably mean it can stand up to a lot (in fact the child who brought in the book has 3 older sisters, so I can imagine lots of things don’t stay at their best for long!)
However as an ABC book it was not the best. Some of the pictures were a bit ambiguous meaning that the children didn’t know what the word was meant to be, for example the word for N was number, and had a picture of a number 5. Now a lot of the toddlers can recognise numerals so they didn’t say number, they said 5, and even though we tried to prompt them to say number it just confused them, especially as their used to saying a number name when shown a number (even if it’s the wrong number name!). I was looking at the reviews on amazon and can’t believe that everybody gave it 5 stars.
Buy Hello Kitty ABC:
Board Book (£4.99)