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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: 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.

Buy One Mole Digging a Hole:

Paperback (£3.47)

Board Book (£4.49)

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