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Review of the Year 2014: Children’s Hour

I was going to talk about the best books we’ve read this year. Then I though, actually, we’ve had different kids this year to last year, and often the books are the same, shouldn’t it mean something if favourites stay?

So here are the books we have kept coming back to this year…

Peace a Last

This featured on Children’s Hour back in 2012 (huh, I didn’t even realise Children’s Hour had been around that long!). The children still love being able to ‘read’ it themselves. They still love being able to join in, especially shouting “Oh no!” said Mr Bear “I can’t stand this”

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

A constant favourite with the kids, and we don’t even need to read it to them anymore- they pretty much all know it by heart! First featured in 2013

Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare!

This is the only book which proves a certain toddler can have a quiet voice. And they still love the panic


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

I prefer this one to Brown Bear, and it’s a good substitute for the kids. I would even say it’s better as a group, just harder for the kids to remember

One Mole Digging a Hole

We don’t quite have a 3 Bears Picking Pears kid, but this still gets chosen a lot. The kids feel an achievement when they can count the number of animals correctly too.

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Children’s Hour: Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare!

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.

I was going to do a whole World Book Day post today. We asked the kids (well their parents really) to bring in books. Only two did, and one was one I’ve already featured on Children’s Hour, so that plan didn’t really work out. (The books were We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mother’s Day For Kanga by the way).

So instead one of our new books; Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare! In Don’t Wake the Bear, Hare! all the animals in the forest are getting ready for a party when they find that there is a bear sleeping. Now bears are pretty scary so the animals don’t want to wake him.

All the panic is quite funny, with the repeated “Don’t wake the bear!”. The kids find it pretty funny, and I do too. The pictures meet with the whole busy atmosphere too. And there’s a rhyme, which is always good in kid’s books. The kids in pre-school seem to like it too.

Buy Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare:

Paperback (£4.49)

Hardback (£6.07)


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