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Dec 01

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendack

(5/5)

Picture 1Children’s Fiction / Children’s Picture Book
Ages 3-6
First Published in 1963
Publisher:Harper and Row

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Book Synopsis:

Where The Wild Things Are is about a little boy called Max dressed up in his monster suit who gets sent to bed without any supper for making mischief. He defiantly created a forest in his bedroom, travels by boat and ends up where the wild things are. The wild things are monsters who gnash their teeth, but Max stands up to them and therefore becomes their king. But he misses home, and his mum, so he gives up being king of the wild things and makes the long journey back home.

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Nov 30

When Dad did the Washing

When Dad did the Washing

by Ronda and David Armitage

Picture 2
Children’s Fiction / Picture Book
Ages 2-5
First Published in 1990
Publisher: Puffin Books

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Book synopsis:

Three kids can’t find any clean clothes to wear. Mum’s gone to work, so it’s up to Dad to do the washing. Dad piles all their dirty clothes into the washing machine. But something goes wrong…. What will Mum say when she returns?

bunnyWhy I like this book:

When Dad did the Washing must have been written by Ronda and David Armitage after a washing incident of their own.

Valuable, albeit domestic, life lessons can be learnt in this book:

  • If you don’t want pink clothes, don’t wash red jump suits with white skirts
  • Some mistakes are blessings in disguise, it just depends on how you decide to take it.

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Nov 30

Alfie’s Feet

Alfie’s Feet

by Shirley Hughes

Picture 1Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Ages 2-5
First Published in 1982
Publisher: Red Fox

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Book Summary:

Alfie’s Feet is a charming book primarily about… Alfie’s feet. He counts his little sister’s toes with the rhyme ‘This little pig went to market…’, he wears his old brown shoes to splash about in puddles, but discovers that his feet, shoes and socks get all wet. So his mother buys him a shiny new pair of yellow wellington boots. This will help him keep his feet dry, but why do they feel so uncomfortable?

bunny Why I love Alfie’s Feet:

I still have fond memories of reading Alfie’s Feet. Shirley Hughes’s expressive illustrations of the cubby-cheeked children are magnetic, and there is so much to look at in her drawings. Alfie’s Feet will help children learn vocabulary to do with well…feet…but also what goes on your feet, some movement verbs and adjectives, as well as the importance of left and right.

x Julie

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Nov 30

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

(5/5)

Picture 1Children’s Fiction
Ages 6-10
First Published in 1964
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

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Book Cover Synopsis:

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree and the tree gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

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