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Children’s Hour: Sometimes I Feel Sunny


It’s been so long since I last did a Children’s Hour that apparently photobucket won’t let me use my graphic anymore ūüė¶ Hopefully I’ll be able to get back on schedule now I’m back at work, and I’ll try to sort a graphic for next week

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.

One of my colleagues bought¬†Sometimes I feel Sunny for the toddlers (who I now work with again) to cover an emotions topic with them it’s been the book I’ve found them most engaged with as a group since I moved in there. The toddlers are all usually 2 but we have quite a few who just moved up from baby room and aren’t quite 2 yet.

I think the book was pretty well aimed for the age group. The pictures are bold and simple, and the colours do a good job of showing how the different emotions feel which may be more accessible to those who don’t have the language to express how they feel yet. Plus the expressions on the faces are simple without being unrecognisable as those emotions (as I often find with simple pictures to show emotion).

The words are quite simple too with a repeating phase of “Sometimes I feel…(emotion)” and an example with the illustrative picture.

Whether it’s actually helping the kids understand their emotions is hard to tell, but at least they enjoy it and stay engaged!

Buy it:

Paperback (£6.99)

Kindle (£4.99)

 

If you haven’t already head over to my review of ‘Yes Means Yes‘ for a chance to win a copy

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Children’s Hour: Fix It


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.

I don’t quite get what the kids get out of Fix It. It is possibly one of the most boring books ever. It doesn’t even need words, the words just describe what you can see in the picture, that is the different things that the girl can fix.

I suppose in some sense that does make the book good though. It means the kids can easily ‘read’ the story (in as far as it’s a story) to themselves with little, or even no, adult input. It’s nice when the kids can read for themselves, it gives them a sense of independence.

I quite like that the protagonist is a girl too, it’s calculated, but that’s not a bad thing, it says girls can do these things too. We had a similar book as kids, Mum Can Fix It, although I remember it being more sophisticated than Fix It is.

The pictures are bright, and quite simple, and more instantly noticeable than more fancy pictures, just the sort that attract our toddlers.

Buy it:

Paoerback (£4.99)

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