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Children’s Hour: Fred the Firefighter


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 convinced I had already done a Children’s Hour on Fred the Firefighter, but apparently not. We used to have a kid who was obsessed with firefighters, and I was sure I had done it then (this must have been at least 3 years ago actually…so pre-children’s hour, the first one was  May 2012…really that long ago?!). It’s a book from the same series as Sam the Chef, and has a similar formula. We see Fred and his colleagues, we see the place where he works, and some of the things he has to do at the fire station, and of course he goes to fight a fire. There is some explanation of what caused the fire, and Fred has to save a dog who was caught in the fire. This always seems to be the way with fire books for kids, it’s an animal that needs saving rather than a person.

The kids are obsessed with firefighters at the moment. Everytime we go outside they have to fight a fire, they get out the firefighter dressing up, the ask for the role play fire engines, one of the kids sings the Fireman Sam theme tune everytime he’s on the toilet(!), and when they are looking independently at books they ask for this one.

They do like to look at it independently, which suggests that it’s actually the pictures that they like more than the words, although they will ask questions about things they don’t recognise- so they still get some of the learning which they would get from the words too.

As far as more factual books go I do like this series. It has a bit of a plot which makes it easier for the kids to be attentive, and the pictures are colourful and interesting.

Buy it:

Paperback- new (from £20.00)

Paperback- used (from £0.01)

Book and toy- new (from £51.50)

Book and toy- used (from £49.27)

 

 

 

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Children’s Hour: Sam the Chef


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.

 

We have a few ‘career books’ like Sam the Chef in the nursery. Formerly Fred the Firefighter has been our favourite, but now it’s Sam’s turn. Believe it or not Sam the Chef is about a chef, called Sam. Sam is opening a new restaurant and has some VIPs visiting. Everyone is eager to do well but there are a few hiccups on the way.

We learn all about the things which Sam and his team do. Cooking, serving, buying food, and Sam is in charge of it all.

What is it about it? I’m not sure. It’s less dry than other books with a factual basis. Plus there is a little drama. The pictures are interesting, they are a bit like those puppet TV shows, like Fireman Sam, or Thomas the Tank.

Buy it:

Paperback- new (from £3,878.89)

Paperback- used (from £0.01)

Hardcover- new (from £10.99)

Hardcover- used (from £2.00)

 

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Children’s Hour: Take Turns Max and Millie


Children’s Hour is a new 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.

In terms of teaching type books Take Turns Max and Millie is rather good. It’s one of a series of Max and Millie books, the only one I’ve read, and it seems the whole series is about teaching children different things which parents may struggle with. Take Turns Max and Millie is of course about sharing. Max and Millie find that there is a new, exciting toy at nursery- a car. They both want to play bit Max gets there first and won’t let Millie have a turn. The teachers shows Max and Millie how they can play with the car together and they soon learn that this is much more fun. The children enjoy all the noises included in the book (the sounds Max and Millie make when they are driving the car, and when they are fighting). They can recognise that Max should share with Millie (but of course if you ask them they always share at nursery!). It’s a good way to get the message across. The pictures are bright and quite simple which make them attractive to the children. It’s not the most exciting story in the world but the children still enjoy it.

Buy Take Turns Max and Millie:

Board book (£5.13)

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