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.
Old Macdonald is one of those Igloo books (like The Red Fire Engine) which are always popular. You can probably guess what it’s about. It’s the song of Old Macdonald Had a Farm (ei-ei-o). There are buttons to press, one with the tune so you can sing along and three others which each contain an animal from the book. The kids love pressing the buttons, and being able to name the animals. One of our kids asking us to sing Old Macdonald at least three times a day so it’s nice to mix it up a bit, and the younger kids find it easier to sit and listen to than a standard story or song.
There are actually two versions of the book. The one we have (linked below) has just 3 animal buttons, but there is another which has seven animals, and is by the same company so is probably similar.
You can only order Old Macdonald from other companies on amazon, but I know Aldi often stock Igloo books if you have one to hand:
Boardbook- new (£1.99)
Boardbook- used (from £0.01)
(We use this version when we have singing time with the children at the special school connected with our nursery)