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Children’s Hour: When I Was A Baby


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.

When I was a Baby is pretty much what you would expect from its title. It talks about what the narrator (a toddler) was like as a baby, and how he is different now. It’s a cute, simple story. Maybe a little too simple for most of my toddlers if I am perfectly honest.

It was fairly easy to extend however to engage the toddlers more. Asking them about how they were different when they were babies, or how they are different from babies who they know. You could even extend it and talk about how pre-schoolers are different to them.

It has a nice rhythm, and is written as if a child is speaking, so it would probably suit under-twos too. The pictures are simple and bright.

Buy it:

Paperback- used (from £0.01)

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Children’s Hour: There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake


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.
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There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake is an interesting story to see how a child might see the world. So much in the little girl’s life is focused around her hippopotamus. The roof is leaking because he’s on it, when she isn’t allowed to do thing he is

“he’s big, he can do what he likes”,

and when things happen to her they happen to her hippopotamus to, e.g. she she hurts her knee so does her hippopotamus. It’s maybe a little long for some of our kids to concentrate on but the older kids like it, and they all enjoy laughing at the things that a hippopotamus does which he wouldn’t in real life. Plus they love saying what the hippo is doing.

There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake is no longer in print, however you can buy it new or used on amazon:

Hardback- new (from £19.95)

Paperback- new (from £58.18)

Paperback- used (from £7.75)

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