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Children’s Hour: Fred and Ted’s Treasure Hunt


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.

Fred and Ted’s Treasure Hunt is  another story we’ve had for quite a while but which has only recently become popular. In fact one of the children seemed to be following me around with it all day the other day. It is (believe it or not) a book about a treasure hunt.

Fred and Ted follow the directions on the map, and the kids can too. With counting and actions it’s a great book to join in with, although it doesn’t really have that much of a plot as such. You can make it exciting though, with careful reading. The kids enjoy being able to join in with the directions and the counting, but some bits are a bit difficult for two year olds to count, especially when you have to count different things on the same page.

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Children’s Hour: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?


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 bought Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? to use as part of our project on sound. As Brown Bear is still a favourite I thought they would appreciate something similar. It did go down quite well, especially with pre-school who tried to join in straight away. It took my toddlers a little longer, and a week later (having read it everyday) they do still struggle with some of the animals. They do enjoy the similar rhythm though, and like making the sounds of the animals that they do know.

To be honest the animals were the main problem. The kids couldn’t name quite a few of them, and sometimes the right answer wasn’t quite right (where the kids said snake it was a Boa Constrictor), and could make the sounds for even less. I didn’t even know the sounds for some.

It’s not quite Brown Bear, but it is good.

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Children’s Hour: Friska the sheep that was too small


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’ve had Friska on our shelf for a long time, but it has only recently become popular, until now the kids haven’t been that bothered about it. It may not be Brown Bear, or Peace at Last, or Don’t Wake the Bear, Hare! (which are still firm favourites). Firska is the story of the smallest sheep in the herd. All the other sheep laugh at Friska because she is so small, so Friska decides to try lots of things to make herself look bigger.

The kids love to look at the different ways that Friska uses to make herself bigger. The favourite is probably stealing a fleece from a sheep who had been sheered. They love the annoyed look on the farmer when he finds out. and how silly Friska looks.

The expressions of the characters are one of the best things about this book. They make me chuckle- and you wouldn’t think a sheep could have so many expressions!

 

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Children’s Hour: Fidgit and Quilly Make a Noise


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.

Fidget and Quilly Make a Noise  is  all about the noises (believe it for not!). Fidget and Quilly are in a battle to see who can be nosier, CLANG! BANG! CRASH! It’s the noises which make the story (if you can really call it a story) enjoyable for the kids. They like to join in with shouting out the sounds, especially towards the end as it gets louder and louder. I can’t say that they’re bothered about the bits which make it more of a story.

 

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Children’s Hour: Goose on the Loose


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.

Goose on the Loose as a new book for the toddlers this week, and it had mixed reception. It’s about a goose which goes scooting, and is rather a threat to the road.

The kids enjoyed the loud “HONK! HONK!”‘s, but weren’t actually that interested in the story itself, and quickly lost attention. Having said that they were in a particularly wild mood today- so that could account for it.

I think they would have liked it if they were in a different frame of mind. It has a bit of a dramatic tone, and rhymes- both things which tends to be popular, and it has (a couple) of flaps to open. There was actually a book we used to have which was called The Skydiver (but I can’t find anywhere), which had three stories in it including a very similar one which the kids loved, so I can see that they would like Goose on the Loose

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Children’s Hour: A Bag Full of Pups


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.

A Bag Full Of Pups is  story we (my sisters and I) read as children. We still have it on the shelf and my nephew was quite transfixed with it this weekend (apparently all dogs are big doggies). The story is about  a man who gives away puppies to various people, some are worker dogs (guide dogs, rat catchers), some are primped and preened (a show dog, a dog who is dressed up) and one is just loved.

My nephew liked seeing all the different dogs, but didn’t seem to be too bothered about what they were doing, although the pictures are interesting enough for an older child to get something out of it too.

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Children’s Hour: Goodnight, Gorilla


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.


When I bought Rosie’s Magic Horse for my niece I bout my nephew Goodnight, Gorrila. It’s not a book with a whole lot of words (the majority of them being “goodnight”) but the pictures tell an amusing story.

In the story we follow a zookeeper as he shuts up the zoo for the night, saying goodnight to all the animals as he goes. But something is going on in the background, and when the zookeeper is at home in bed he discovers that all the animals have followed him home.

The pictures are bright and I think very nicely painted. I especially like the expressions on the gorilla’s face.

It’s a great book for encouraging talking because the children have to try to tell what is going on from the pictures.

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Children’s Hour: Spot


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’m doing a re-run this week, partly because wordpress wasn’t letting me in to schedule a post yesterday, and partly in memoriam of Eric Hill who died this week (did you know he invented the lift-the-flap book?)

Spot is one of those books which is more of a constant friend than a great favourite in toddler room. We can go days and days without reading it once, but the kids always come back to it. We have a few of them at the nursery. Spot’s Show and Tell, Time for Bed Spot, Spot’s Tummy Ache, Spot’s New Game and Spot and his Grandma. At the moment Spot’s Show and Tell is the forerunner but they’ve all had their moments.

The pictures are simple and bright. The stories are quite easy for the kids to relate to which is I think why they are always popular, another book might be more exciting but Spot is comfortable.

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Children’s Hour: The Teeny Weeny Tadpole


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.

One of our kids has become particularly interested in The Teeny Weeny Tadpole this week. I can’t really say what it is he likes about it, because he doesn’t seem to interact much with the story- even though it has its fair share of excitement. Possibly it’s the pictures which look a bit like something Axel Scheffler would draw. Beautifully bright and bold.

The story itself is a good one though, unfortunately there’s a page missing from our copy, so it’s not ideal to read to a whole group (or even just to one, but apparently M doesn’t mind that). It tells the story of a tadpole, and all tadpole wants to do is to jump. He meets other creatures who can jump, and wishes he could jump like them. Then he meets the big bad fish, who can’t jump. What will tadpole do?

The jumping about of the animals is exciting, and I can imagine if you did read it to the group then they would start jumping with the animals. Plus there’s the race as the tadpole tries yo get away from the big bad fish which is very energetic.

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Children’s Hour: Peekaboo!


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 niece and nephew were down this weekend so I’m going for one of their books again. We managed to get a few repetitions of  Peekaboo! between Horsey, Horsey, Don’t You Stop (which is still a firm favourite for my nephew). It’s not so much a reading book as an interactive book. Each page has a different face on it (a robot, a monster, a cat, your friend), and eye holes so you can use it like a mask. The words are simple, “I am a mouse. I like cheese.” for example, and some allow actions. The pictures are colourful and simple, but effective.

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Children’s Hour: Rosie’s Magic Horse


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.

Rosie’s Magic Horse is the book I got my niece for her birthday. It’s a bit of a strange book. Rosie collects ice-lolly sticks which she likes to play with. The poor sticks think that now they have no lolly on them they are nothing. But Rosie turns them into a horse, and then the horse becomes real and starts searching for treasure with Rosie.

The pictures are (as usual with Quentin Blake) fantastic, and even the lolly sticks have personalities. The story is imaginative, and just about girly enough that it should satisfy girly girls without some of the febble girls you often find in princess’ stories.

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Children’s Hour: Itzy Bitzy House


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’ve had the idea of writing about Itzy Bitzy House  for about a year, but haven’t because there’s little really to say about it. It’s about animals caught in the rain, looking for shelter.

It has elements which should make it popular. It rhymes, it has repeated sections, in has a variety of tone. The pictures are bright and clear, and child friendly. The kids though are only so so about it. They will listen to it fairly attentively, and if it’s in a selection they might pick it (so long as it doesn’t come up against a favourite like Brown Bear, or Peace At Last). They don’t have very strong reactions to it however. They don’t join in with the repeated bits, although they show more interest to the shouty bits

“Quick (animal) hide”

It’s not that they actively dislike it, they’re just not really bothered.

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Children’s Hour: Lullabyhullaballoo


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.

Lullabyhullaballoo is one of the favourite books in pre-school at the moment, and I must say I like it too. It’s all about a little princess who can’t sleep, everyone is just making too much noise! What shall we do?

“We’ll tell them to shhhh…

Shhh!”

The kids like all the characters, and like telling them to shhh, plus they find it funny when the princess finally gets to sleep and starts to snore. I’ve read it to the toddlers too. They find it a little too long, although when encouraged they will join in with the shhh-ing, and like to open the flaps to see the character’s reactions.

Mick Inkpen is probably better known as the writer and illustrator of the Kipper books, but actually I think this one is better.

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Children’s Hour: Horsey, Horsey, Don’t You Stop


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 nephew has had me reading/singing Horsey, Horsey, Don’t You Stop today. It’s a book of rhymes with pictures showing the baby sign which goes with the rhyme and some lovely bright pictures.

My nephew has specifically asked for “more cake” (pat-a-cake-pat-a-cake) and “more horsey” (Horsey, Horsey Don’t You Stop) and has been dancing and doing the actions along with it.

It’s a simple book, and if you already know the rhymes not really necessary, although it is good for the kids to be able to find the rhymes they want.

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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: There’s An Ouch In My Pouch!


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.

There’s An Ouch In My Pouch! is one of our new books, but it hasn’t gone down too well. It’s about a young Wallaby who finds that his mother’s pouch has become uncomfortable so goes to find  a new pouch. The kids find it a bit long to follow, and I think there being so many animals they aren’t familiar with doesn’t help either (and add that they are still obsessed with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? So nothing else is good enough). They do like the repeated complaining of there being an ouch in the pouch however.

To read it’s really annoying. Full of tongue twisters and lots of Ws and Rs.

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Children’s Hour: The Train Ride


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 read The Train Ride to the kids because they have been obsessed with trains recently (one of them went on holiday with his Dad and spent the whole time on the train, or the tram, or the underground, or the bus). It’s a very basic story. A girl is on the train, what will she see out the window?

It has a nice rhythm to it with the repeated “What shall I see? What shall I see?” and “That’s what I see. That’s what I see.” making it sound like a train. Those are the bits the kids like actually. They can join in easily. Otherwise they find the story a little uninteresting. It probably would have helped if the book hadn’t fallen apart and been stuck together in the wrong order! (How does someone even manage to do that- especially when the title page is stuck in the middle, makes no sense).

The pictures are nice, and I guess the kids can say what they see- if the pages are in the right order.

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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.

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Children’s Hour: Baby Animals (Hide-and-Seek)


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.

Baby Animals s one of those books which tries to make kids like books by being a book with something extra. It has touchy-feely sections, and lift-the-flap pictures. The words tell you to look for something specific on the page, but, to be honest, the kids aren’t that bothered about finding the right animal so much as by just generally lifting the flaps. I suppose it is a bit more engaging in that it makes the kids interact with a book, but I don’t think that it really sparks their imagination or gets them interested in stories in the same way as a book which has a focus on the words does.

The words are not really the important thing in this book, in fact they’re pretty boring. However them not being important does make it a good book for the kids to look at n their own.

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Children’s Hour: It Looked Like Spilt Milk


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.

Recently the kids have been mainly interested in books which have already featured on Children’s Hour (most notably Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Peace At Last, and One Mole Digging A Hole– which I still can’t read without thinking about ‘Three bears, ficking fairs”) so I’ve sort of had to search for a book to use for Children’s Hour this week.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk is a book we’ve only read a couple of times, mainly because we’ve borrowed it from outreach (the nursery is in a Children’s Centre, the outreach team run stay and play sessions, and crèches etc.) so can only have it for a limited amount of time. They have a version with soft toy props, which I suppose helps the imagination as you can look at the shapes from different angles with ease. It Looked Like Spilt Milk is a series of white silhouettes which look like different things- but aren’t those things. The kids like to try and work out what the different shapes are- although they don’t generally have a lot of suggestions as reviews on amazon seem to suggest- maybe it’s the age.

Either way it is a good interactive book, and the kids enjoy it.

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Children’s Hour: My Best Friends


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 Best Friends is (believe it or not) about friends. All the things friends do, all the ups and downs. It’s a sweet book, but doesn’t really have much substance. The kids find it fairly interesting to look at the pictures and talk about the things they have done however. And the pictures remind me a little of Nick Sharret, so they are nice and colourful and cheerful.

 

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Children’s Hour: Peely Wally


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.

Peely Wally turned up in pre-school with the same group of books which included Something Beginning With Blue. I almost wish it had been given to toddlers because I can see them enjoying it. It’s fairly simple, and has lots of animals which our kids seem to be very into recently. Unfortunately it’s already been ripped, which will make it difficult to read to them (and I know the manager will be annoyed, seeing as we have been asking for new books for months).

Anyway there was one particular child in pre-school who loved Peely Wally, so that’s how I encountered it. It’s the story of a bird who lays an egg, but gets so excited that she knocks it off the branch, and it travels over a lot of different animals before it gets back to her, and hatches.

It’s funny, and has a lot of scope for dramatics, so it’s a good one to read. The pictures are bright, but simple, and some of them even look like the kids could easily be copied by the kids (Peely Wally herself is a scribble with beak, eyes and legs).

Ok so a personified scribble does make me think of Dr Who (and a clip I can’t find in decent quality), but this one is much cuter!

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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: But I Do Know All About Chocolate


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.

If I hadn’t used Handa’s Surprise for Children’s Hour already it would almost certainly been my pick for this week. The kids are suddenly really into it and want to read it (multiple times) everyday. One of the toddlers, who doesn’t talk much, is obsessed with the monkey taking the banana. HE keeps coming to show me the picture, pointing and saying “‘nana, monkey, awwwww”

However seeing as I have used Handa’s Surprise already I thought I would choose a book which one of the pre-schoolers brought in a few weeks ago But I Do Know All About Chocolate. It’s a Charlie and Lola book which was written to raise money for Comic Relief. I’ve encountered other Charlie and Lola books before, and I don’t think this one is as good. Charlie does always teach Lola things but this seems very much more facts thrown together with the names Charlie and Lola stamped on it.

Having said that it probably is a good way for children to get interested in fairtrade and how chocolate is made, and the kid who brought it in liked it at least. I like Lola’s voice too, it’s quite authentic I think, if a little posh!

As this was published for comic relief you cannot buy it new, however you can buy a used copy:

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Children’s Hour: You’ll Soon Grow Alex


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’ll Soon Grow Alex is currently pre-school’s favourite book. One child has even started making Alex puppets so she can act out the story herself.

The story is all about Alex. Alex is fed up of being so small, and he tries everything to make himself taller, but nothing works. He asks everyone what to do. He does it all, but nothing works. They he has an idea, his uncle is very tall- how did he do it? His uncle shows him what it’s like to actually be tall, and maybe it’s not so great.

It’s a pretty good story, actually. Although I’d find it difficult to pinpoint what’s good about it. It’s a bit funny, but not the funniest book. The pictures are nice, but not fantastic. There is the repeated refrain which makes it easy to join in with, but it doesn’t continue throughout the whole story.

You can only buy You’ll Soon Grow Alex from ‘other’ sellers on amazon:

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Children’s Hour: The Cat in the Hat


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.

Apparently there is some big (I think mainly American) thing about Dr. Seuss being required childhood reading, and just generally awesome. Sort of like Roald Dahl, but with more rhymes, and less ‘horror’. So it is with a little apology that I say I never liked Dr Seuss, even as a child. My sister got a few of them from the library but I just found them generally annoying, and pointless. Possibly because she liked Green Eggs and Ham which only has 50 different words in it.

Anyway I did my best to avoid Dr Seuss. Then The Cat in the Hat turned up in toddler room (possibly because my collegue, who works in preschool hates it- she may have sneaked it out). At first it was on the shelf, so I could avoid it, generally. However it has now somehow migrated into the book box. (Luckily) I have never actually got all the way through it, because it’s long for a nursery book, and you can never sit for that long without being interrupted, so I can only give a very basic storyline. The Cat in the Hat turns up at the house on a rainy day and tries to entertain the kids in silly, and, frankly, ill advised ways. Mother is not home, so he can basically do what he wants. (The less said about a mother leaving two young children at home with only a fish for supervision the better- it’s one of those thoughts you just have to suspend to read children’s books).

One of the children has wanted to read The Cat in the Hat every day this week, sometimes more than once. I can kind of see that maybe the pictures of the cat balancing everything are funny. I can see that the rhyming makes it nice to listen too, but I just find it annoying. One thing I can say I quite like is the pictures, although the Cat in the Hat doesn’t really look like a cat, does he?

If you must read a Seuss, and least make it “Oh the Places You’ll Go” which is still a little annoying, but at least has a nice message.

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Children’s Hour: Slow Down, Sidney!


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.

Slow Down, Sidney! was a Christmas present for my toddler nephew, and was a bit of a hit with his older sister too. Slow down Sidney is about a fox called Sidney. Sidney is always rushing around, with some not so good results, but sometimes it is a good thing to be fast! It’s a pretty good choice (from Father Christmas) for my non-stop nephew.

It’s a nice story actually. Fairly simple. Sidney gets a little over excited by everything and it goes wrong, we see how by lifting the flaps. There are lovely bright pictures, and a repeated refrain of ‘slow down Sidney’ for the kids to join in with.

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Children’s Hour: The Big Jungle Mix-up


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.

For me The Big Jungle Mix-up felt a bit like an inferior version of Monkey Puzzle. It had a similar sort of theme, but this time rather than just the answers being wrong the descriptions were, with the child always showing what animal his father was actually describing. In this sense it may have been better for older children, who may have liked the challenge, but the toddlers didn’t really get it. However the correct animal was hidden behind a flap so the toddlers enjoyed opening the flaps.

In some ways I felt that the author didn’t really know who he was writing for. The pictures, and flaps were more like a toddler book, but the words and puzzles were more appropriate for older children.

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Children’s Hour: What is a Crocodile’s Favourite Thing?



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.

What is a Crocodile’s Favourite Thing? Is a funny, silly book. All the animals are wondering what a crocodile’s favourite thing might be, with increasingly strange, and obviously wrong answers

“Is it doing ballet, while dressed as a princess?

Is it wearing pyjamas made from bananas?

NO! I don’t think that is his favourite thing”

The kids love the funny pictures of the crocodile, and getting to shout NO! throughout, but a lot of the toddlers didn’t seem to grasp that a crocodile wouldn’t do some of these things. Or maybe they just thought he would like it is he could do it! They also liked getting to say “ewww” at things like”eating a dirty pants sandwich”!

They loved the twist at the end of the tale as well, and I rather enjoyed that part too.

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Children’s Hour: Oh No, George!


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.

Oh No, George is a new book for us, and I love it (possibly a bit more than the kids. Have you ever read The Diary of the Dog? It reminds me a lot of that. Rather funny. It follows the dog, George when his owner is out. George really want to be good, but there are so many tempting things, Oh No, George!

It’s a really easy book for the kids to join in with. They can guess what George is going to do. And talk about if he should do it. Then they can talk about what he needs to do when his owner is sad with him.

There are beautiful bright pictures too, which I love.

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Children’s Hour: Happy Birthday Winnie!


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 remember reading the original Winnie the Witch book as a child (we had the computer game too), so I was interested to see another in the series, Happy Birthday Winnie! when one of the kids brought it in for Children’s Book Week. I can’t honestly say I know why she brought it in. We had asked for favourite books, and maybe she picked it out herself, but she wasn’t very interested in it, and the other kids lost interest too when we tried to read it as a group. It’s not that it’s a bad book. It’s quite funny, and the pictures are good. It’s just a bit too old for the two year olds, some of pre-school might cope.

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Children’s Hour: Old Macdonald


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.

Old Macdonald  is one of those Igloo books (like The Red Fire Engine) which are always popular. You can probably guess what it’s about. It’s the song of Old Macdonald Had a Farm (ei-ei-o). There are buttons to press, one with the tune so you can sing along and three others which each contain an animal from the book. The kids love pressing the buttons, and being able to name the animals. One of our kids asking us to sing Old Macdonald at least three times a day so it’s nice to mix it up a bit, and the younger kids find it easier to sit and listen to than a standard story or song.

There are actually two versions of the book. The one we have (linked below) has just 3 animal buttons, but there is another which has seven animals, and is by the same company so is probably similar.

You can only order Old Macdonald from other companies on amazon, but I know Aldi often stock Igloo books if you have one to hand:

Boardbook- new (£1.99)

Boardbook- used (from £0.01)

(We use this version when we have singing time with the children at the special school connected with our nursery)

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Children’s Hour: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


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.

What I like about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are the beautiful pictures. It’s a very simple book with each page containing similar words

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

I see a Red Bird looking at me

Red Bird, Red Bird, what do you see?”

This creates a simple pattern which is easy for the children to follow, and makes it a good book for them to look at independently. They love naming the different animals, and it’s great for teaching colours too. It’s one I got for my niece in the past, and it was good to be able to show it to the kids at nursery too.

There is an interesting post on Eric Carle’s blog about how Brown Bear was made.

Buy Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See:

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Children’s Hour: Hello Kitty ABC


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.

When the kid’s brought in books to read a couple of weeks ago every child wanted to read Hello Kitty ABC which one of the children brought in. They loved the bright pictures with familiar Hello Kitty characters, and the enjoyed saying what all the pictures were. As a bright, child-friendly book it was great, and being a shiny board book would probably mean it can stand up to a lot (in fact the child who brought in the book has 3 older sisters, so I can imagine lots of things don’t stay at their best for long!)

However as an ABC book it was not the best. Some of the pictures were a bit ambiguous meaning that the children didn’t know what the word was meant to be, for example the word for N was number, and had a picture of a number 5. Now a lot of the toddlers can recognise numerals so they didn’t say number, they said 5, and even though we tried to prompt them to say number it just confused them, especially as their used to saying a number name when shown a number (even if it’s the wrong number name!). I was looking at the reviews on amazon and can’t believe that everybody gave it 5 stars.

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Children’s Hour: Captain Cool


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.

Last week for Children’s Book Week we asked the kids to bring in a favourite book from home. Seeing as I’ve already done a favourite books Children’s Hour post (and err because I appear to be running out of books!) I’ve decided to do a Children’s Hour post on each of them (except The Gruffalo, because I’ve already posted about that).

One of the children forgot his book last week, and Mum said he had really wanted to bring it in so he brought it today instead. The book he bought was Captain Cool. It’s a simple story about a superhero. Captain Cool isn’t scared of anything, he saves people from aliens, monsters, robots, robbers…he just wishes he could get away from Mum’s cold stew!

When I asked the child to tell us about the book he said “eat the cars” which seems really random until you get to the section where Captain Cool saves people when aliens are eating their cars! It must be his favourite book.

It’s a simple superhero book, easier for the younger kids to follow that Superworm (which the younger kids find hard to follow). It’s rhyming which makes it easy to follow and ‘read’. The pictures are bright and simple too.

Captain Cool is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Paperback- new (from £17.91)

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Hardback- new (from £25.46)

Hardback- used (from £21.80)

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Children’s Hour: Ladybird Tales


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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The Ladybird Tales have been around for generations, I remember a few when I was young, and they’re still going strong today. The pre-schooler’s current favourites are part of this set of books, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (what is it with fairytales and the number 3?). They pretty much know the stories off by heart, and have little toys and puppets so they can play along to the story. They even used the Three Little Pigs as their graduation play (yeah, I know pre-school graduation!). Sometimes the stories are different to the versions that I know, but that’s ok, they’re still fun.

To find buying links for the tales above click the links.

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Children’s Hour: Mrs Honey’s Hat


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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The other day I came across Mrs Honey’s Hat somewhere (can’t for the life of me remember where) and it reminded me of how much the pre-schoolers used to like the story. It’s a fairly simple story, and follows the same sort of pattern as Handa’s Surprise. Mrs Honey is very proud of her lovely new hat, but she’s not the only one who likes it. A series of characters also liked the decorations on her hat, and one by one they took the decorations, and each left something behind. With a different character taking something each day, Mrs Honey’s Hat is a good story for teaching the days of the week. The kids enjoy the bright pictures, and pointing out the different characters, the things they take, and the things they leave behind- the simple structure also means that one the children know the story a little they are able to ‘read’ it to themselves.

There are a series of props and games which you can buy to accompany this story, a board game, a soft toy, a story sack

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Children’s Hour: The Red Fire Engine


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 Red Fire Engine has been so popular recently that we had to remove it from the book box as it was causing so many arguments! To be honest it’s the sound button that the kids enjoy more than the actual story. There’s no problem with the story though. It’s very simple. the red fire engine races through the streets to reach a barn which is on fire, and saves all the animals, of course with the chance topress the button on every page (nee naw, nee naw!)

The Red Fire Engine doesn’t seem to be sold by amazon (directly) but I know that Igloo books are stocked in Aldi, or you can buy new or used from amazon:

Paperback- new (from £5.23)

Paperback- used (from £0.01)

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Children’s Hour: Chloe’s Snowy 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.

Chloe’s Snowy Day  is one in a series of Chloe’s Weather books (we also have Chloe’s Windy Day and Chloe’s Rainy Day). Chloe is a cat who loves the weather, for each book we see the things that Chloe does in the weather. The snowy one is our favourite because we love the snowman. The toboggan is fun too! The stories are very simple, and so are the pictures, simple black and white on a coloured background, but they are still nice pictures and Chloe is very cute!

It probably helps that we have a Chloe in the nursery too, kids love seeing their names, or their friends names in books. I don’t know why there aren’t more personalised books around.

A Hug for Humphrey is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Hardback- new (from £166.61)

Hardback -used (from £0.66)

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Children’s Hour: Tickle One Baby


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.

Tickle One Baby is a baby book really. It’s very simple, and doesn’t have much in terms of a plot. It basically follows a baby’s afternoon, she gets tickled, she plays with toys, she has a sleep. Even though it is such a simple book one child who is in toddlers really likes it. I don’t think that has much to do with the story so much as the telling (if I do say so myself!). I follow what happens to baby, tickling when baby is tickled, getting the kids to search for certain toys, and ‘sleeping’ when the baby sleeps.

It’s a nice book, as a baby book, but I wouldn’t really recommend it for toddlers.

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Hardback (£3.19)

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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.

Monday run-day, children's book, picture book, books, nick sharratt
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.

Buy Monday Run-day:

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Children’s Hour: Good Baby, Bad Baby


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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The kids love Good Baby, Bad Baby and so do I.

It’s actually two stories in one book. One story is all about good baby

“Good baby is so incredibly good, she always does everything just as she should.”

And the other is all about bad baby

“When she wakes from her nap with a scowl and a moan, ‘Oh no! It’s Bad Baby!’ you’ll hear us all groan”

and chronicles what they do all day, good baby of course is perfect, whilst bad baby can do nothing right. Both stories have a nice rhyme to them, and it’s easy to put lots of expression in. Our favourite is bad baby, she’s so much more entertaining than good baby!

Good Baby, Bad Baby is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Paperback- new (from £0.48)

Paperback -used (from £0.01)

Hardback- used (from £0.34)

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Children’s Hour: Mr Gumpy’s Outing


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.

Mr Gumpy's Outing, book, book cover, picture book, John Burningham
Mr Gumpy’s Outing, was particularly popular with the toddlers about a year ago- in fact I think one child smuggled it out when he moved up to pre-school, I used to read i to him a lot but I haven’t seen it around for a while!

Mr Gumpy owns a boat. One days he decides to take a trip in him boat, but everyone wants to join him. Animals and children (the two things you’re not meant to work with together!), and of course they aren’t the type of animals you would usually put together, a dog and a cat and a rabbit- just to mention a few! Mr Gumpy is so nice he lets everybody join him, so long as they promise to behave…which they do- at first!

It’s quite a funny little book, plus it’s simple, and a little repetitive which makes it easy and fun for the kids to follow.

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Children’s Hour: Where’s Igglepiggle’s Blanket?


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.
in the night garden, Igglepiggle, Where's Igglepiggle's Blanket?, book, book cover, picture book, Andrew Davenport

Where is Igglepiggle’s Blanket?  has to be one of the most annoying books I’ve had to read to the kids. Luckily for me the kids liked it a lot, and it wasn’t very hard wearing so soon became unreadable! You can imagine what happens. Igglepiggle has lost his blanket

“Don’t worry Igglepiggle, we’ll find your blanket”

The reader goes around asking the other characters from In the Night Garden if they’ve seen Igglepiggle’s Blanket, and each time they haven’t the above refrain is repeated. Occasionally we get a break because

“the tumbliphone is ringing”

but there’s just a strange noise at the end of the phone

“mee mee meee, meee meee mee mee”

And that keeps repeating. You can see it gets annoying. The children who were in toddlers when we had this book are now leaving (which means we had it about 2 years ago), so you can tell how easily it gets stuck in your head from me still being able to quote parts of it!

The kids though do love it. The story is easy to follow, and it features characters that the children know from In the Night Garden.

Andrew Davenport also wrote the Telletubbies books which may tell you something of what these books are like

Where’s Igglepiggle’s Blanket? is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Paperback- new (from £167.99)

Paperback -used (from £0.01)

 

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Children’s Hour: Tom and Pippo on the Beach


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.

Helen Oxenbury, Pippo, Tom and Pippo, Tom and Pippo at the beach, Tome and Pippo at the seaside, book, book cover, children's book, picture bookI really wanted to kids to like Tom and Pippo on the Beach  (aka Tom and Pippo at the Seaside) because the Pippo books were some of my favourites as a child, but maybe they are a bit out-dated now? It probably doesn’t help that the edition we have at work is one of those little Bookstart books, so not really designed for reading in a group.

Tom and Pippo on the Beach follows a similar sort of pattern to the other Pippo books. Tom loves his toy monkey Pippo. He talks through Pippo, and uses him as a bit of an excuse, for example Tom decides that Pippo needs a hat more than he does. They’re cute and simple stories, but that’s part of the charm.

Tom and Pippo on the Beach is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Paperback- new (from £2.39)

Paperback -used (from £0.01)

Hardback- used (from £0.01)

Hardback-as Tom and Pippo at the Seaside (from £10.36)

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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.
caveman dave, caveman, dave, nick sharratt, picture book, children's book, book

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?!)

Buy Caveman Dave:

Paperback (£3.79)

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Children’s Hour: All Join In


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.

All Join In was the first Quentin Blake book I introduced to the kids (it was the only one we had in the nursery). All Join In is a collection of poems, which I really enjoyed as a child. It made me a bit sad that the toddlers didn’t really take to it, however. I think maybe the poem format was a it harder for them to engage with than a story as there wasn’t a plot as such. Possibly they would have liked just one poem at a time, or might have been interested on more of a one-on-one basis than as a group.

Buy All Join In:

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Children’s Hour: Funnybones


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 remember having Funnybones  read to me as a child, and staying interested in it for a good few years. Now the kids at nursery have been introduced to it I can see that it hasn’t lost anything in the last 20 or so years. Funnybones is the first in a series about a family of skeletons. Big skeleton, little skeleton, and dog skeleton (woof!). In this first book the three skeletons go on a night time adventure to play in the park, visit the zoo, and scare somebody. But poor dog skeleton (woof!) gets scrambled up, so big skeleton, and little skeleton have to put him back together, with funny consequences. Their visit to the zoo and quest to scare somebody are no less humourous.

The kids in pre-school really enjoy this, most of them don’t really understand about the dog skeleton’s (woof!) woof getting scrambled, but find it funny nether the less, and they enjoy the song whilst the other skeletons are putting him back together.

I tried Funnybones with the toddlers too, but I think maybe they were a bit young.

Buy Funnybones:

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