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Children’s Hour: The Time it Took Tom


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.
The Time it Took Tom has been fairly popular with the toddlers, and more popular with the pre-schoolers.

In the story Tom finds a tin of paint, and decides to paint to living room…completely! The story talks about the time it took, and the time the events after took.

The toddlers like the simpler parts of the story as Tom is actually painting, but they tend to loose interest in the longer bits that describe how they fixed it. It’s a good book to talk about time, and there is a lot of extra story in the pictures as you see Tom’s Mum out of the window.

The pictures are by Nick Sharratt and of the style which tends to be popular with kids

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Children’s Hour: What Do I Look Like?


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 been doing a whole lot of work on emotions in toddler room over the last few weeks and reading  What Do I Look Like? as part of this (the other book we’ve been reading about emotions is Augustus and His Smile). There’s no real story to the book. It asks what the child will look like when certain things happen. Then you lift the flap and their face is shown. It’s good as a teaching tool because it talks about different emotions, and gets the children to talk about how they might feel in different situations. It also doesn’t actually name the emotions so the kids can talk about how they think the child is feeling from their expression.

The kids enjoy it because they like to lift up the flaps, and because they like to copy the faces.

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Children’s Hour: Eat Your Peas


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.

The kids either love or hate Eat Your Peas. It tends to be the older of the toddlers who enjoy it, and even ask for it, but I think the younger ones tend to find it a little too long. It’s a story about a Mum trying to persuade her daughter to eat her peas, but Daisy doesn’t like peas. Mum’s bribes start getting more and more outrageous; 100 puddings, never have to was, dress, brush your hair, chocolate factories, zoo animals, space rockets, trips to superland, but still Daisy will not eat her peas.

It’s a funny book, and fairly simple. It’s great to be theatrical when you’re reading it too, as the Mum gets more and more desperate. The pictures fit the story perfectly, you could almost read the book with pictures alone, and as the pictures get more and more crowded the more and more desperate Mum gets. Plus they’re by Nick Sharrett which is always good

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Children’s Hour: My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh.


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.

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh is all about a kid and his two parents. His Mum loves spots and his Dad loves stripes. One day the family go to the zoo. Mum loves the leopards, and Dad loves the zebras, naturally, but the kid loves something else.

It’s a cute little story, and sometimes a little funny. The main thing really though are Nick Sharrett’s illustrations. His usual bright bold style, and having a book which has such a focus on patterns really lends itself to his style.

It’s not a favourite with the kids, but they enjoy it enough to stay focused.

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Children’s Hour: Something Beginning With Blue


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.

Something Beginning With Blue is a bit like a colour version of I Spy Shapes, except it makes more sense, the things are, generally speaking, things which are always that colour. Whereas with I Spy Shapes the things could have been other shapes most of the time. It describes something which is a different colour on any other page, then on the next page will reveal what that thing is. It is a bit difficult for the kids to guess what the thing on the next page will be. The easiest is probably the dragon, and the toddlers don’t tend to even consider it as an option.

However it does make them think about the colour, so, hopefully, it helps things stick too. The writing has a nice rhythm to it which makes it easy to remember after a few reads, and makes it more interesting for the kids. Plus the illustrations by Nick Sharratt are bright and bold.

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Children’s Hour: Monday Run-day


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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I don’t know what it is with out nursery but we seem to have a gazillion Nick Sharratt books, my two options for children’s hour this week were both by him. I decided to go with Monday Run-day. It’s a very simple story. I’m not even sure you can call it a story, it’s that simple. Basically it covers each day with a rhyme and an accompanying picture.

Monday run-day

Tuesday snooze-day

Wednesday friends-day

and so on.

It’s not a book that I would choose to buy or read myself, I find it rather boring, but the kids seem to enjoy it quite well. Possibly it’s because it’s quite easy for them to ‘read’ to themselves, maybe it’s the bright pictures. I have certainly seen more than one child make up their own story to go with the pictures, so in terms of them using their imagination it’s quite good.

The one thing I would say about it is that it does make a good book for learning the days of the week. With a rhyme for each day it’s easier to remember, and more fun.

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Children’s Hour: Caveman Dave


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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Caveman Dave lives in a cave,
He doesn’t wash and he doesn’t shave,
He’s very smelly, but he’s very brave…

Caveman Dave is a rather odd rather funny little book, all about Caveman Dave, and how very brave he is. The things which show how brave he is are rather amusing, especially with the accompanying pictures.

It has a simple rhyming pattern which is easy for the kids to listen too. They love the pictures too, especially as there are pictures of tigers and dinosaurs! (What more could a two year old want, really?!)

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Children’s Hour: You Choose


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.

You Choose is not so much a story book as a picture book. The basic idea is that there are pages full of lovely little pictures and the child chooses which they would want when they are grown up (there are things like what house you will live in, what your job will be, who your friends will be.). The pictures are classic Nick Sharratt style, simple, bright and inviting. It’s a particularly big hit in pre-school, and they like to read it to themselves, which is a relief as it’s the most boring book to read to someone.

 

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Children’s Hour: One Mole Digging a Hole.


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.

One Mole Digging a Hole is basically a counting book. We find mole and all his friends getting the garden ready for summer. Each page features a different animal doing a different gardening job, and each page rhymes. One mole digging a hole. Two snakes with garden rakes. Three bears picking pears. The children really love the way the book rhymes and enjoy counting the animals. Some of the animals are ones they don’t usually encounter (e.g. storks) which is nice because it’s a way to expose them to animals you don’t find in tradition animal toys. The rhyming helps the children to join in, it makes it easy to remember what the words are so kids can even ‘read’ it to themselves after some time without much trouble. The pictures are lovely and bright, with lots of things going on for the kids to study. One of our kids loved the 3 bears picking pears so much that every time he heard the word bears he would add picking pears at the end. (Actually I say picking pears but he had an issue with the letter p…he would replace it with an f…I’ll let you imagine how that sounded!).

This book was actually in the bookstart set last year and I think it was a pretty good choice.

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