Wednesday 14 August 2019

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been reading in July.

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I read to Lily each night with out fail. Story time is so important for settling a child for bed, giving them that extra one on one time plus it will help them with learning to read in the future. 

Lily is a lot fussier with the stories I read her now, and she does go back to her old favourites a lot of the time and as she is at an age where she can start to remember stories, she asks for specific ones. But I do get chance to introduce a few new new books each month, usually around 2 or 3.
  

You can read all my other book reviews from the last few years Here

This month she chose a book from her collection plus I was sent 2 books from Walker Picture books to read.

Here is what we read.



1. Little Miss Giggle and the New Job - by Roger Hargreaves 
We just love Mr Men and Little Miss books. So we bought a selection of them from Poundland. This one is all about Little Miss Giggles which seems appropriate for Lily who like most children, is always giggling. The story is about Little Miss Giggles getting a new job in a restaurant. But as the story pans out she doesn't do too well in this job because she keeps offending people by giggling at the wrong times. In the end she finds the perfect job where giggling is very much aloud. I thought the storyline for it was great and Lily really enjoyed it. It is definitely a hot for £1 in poundland.

2. The Pigeon HAS to go to school -  by Mo Willems 
I did find the storyline to this very strange, but Lily seemed to enjoy it. It is a new story that has just come out and is all about a pigeon that is a little unsure about going to school. The pigeon is talking about all his worries and why he is scared to go to school, but then somehow ends up convincing himself that actually school is exciting and he just has to go! I think on some levels it will be a good book for children who are excited about going to school (like Lily is) as she loved hearing all about school. But in my personal opinion i'm a little unsure about those that are scared. I feel it focuses way to much on things children may be afraid of without enough of what is great about school at the end. But for other children who are already at school, I think they would love the cute little cartoon feel to the book and the comedy of the little scardy cat pigeon. This book can be bought on Amazon

3. Red Red Red - by Polly Dunbar
This has to be the best new book I have read to Lily for a while. It is called Red Red Red and is all about a little toddler that gets angry. It is very easily relatable to children who are toddlers or even Lily's age and get angry easily when they don't get their own way. 
The toddler in the story wants a biscuit and can't reach and falls when he tries to get one. It is all about him getting frustrated to not being able to get one. So he gets angry and see's red! His mum comforts him, and teaches him to count to 10 which helps him feel better. 
The book from start to finish is brilliant with the rhyming and Lily actually started to remember some of the words of the story and read them along with me. She very much enjoyed the part where she could join in and count to 10. There is also a part of the book where it says and breathe and they take a deep breathe, which I think is a lovely thing to do before bed to help relax you.
Overall the book was brilliantly written from start to finish and I would highly recommend it. Lily really enjoyed it. 
You can buy this book from Amazon.

Which of the above books would your child enjoy? 

11 comments:

  1. i love the sound of red red red, its great kids can relate to it

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  2. My granddaughter would enjoy Little Miss Giggles and the new job!

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  4. Probably :- Red, Red, Red. Could possibly empathise with the Toddler.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School :- Perspective /s. As we can have our own perspective. Children can often be excited about starting school. As we often speak about it in light of it being part of growing up, we talk positively about childre's growth, etc. The parents are often the ones who are nervous about their children stating school :- Is the child ready? I hope there is no bullying, etc. As parents have previous experience of school / schooling. Children are inexperienced regarding school, yet to learn. Learning / Education is Valued.We talk about our children being clever.

    So I can see (understand) why children can find the story funny / humorous.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Little Miss Giggle and the New Job, sounds good. Maybe we need to find where we are most suited :- Happy. If only getting the most appropriate working Enviroment / paid employment was so easy in Real Life.

    Though sounds like a fun book. We can learn through fun, entertainment, humour.

    Rachel Craig

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  7. Red red red sounds a beauty - esmay would love it

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  8. Red, Red, Red. Somehow we can appreciate, understand, accept the child's frustration and anger. We love the child. We let the child let out the anger, cool down / calm down. His Mum accepts he has feelings of anger, etc. Validates his reaction. Stays with him, gives him the opportunity to cool down. A cuddle will provide some Endorphins :- " feel good hormones". She likely offers him a drink of water, he is likely to be sitting down :- Resting, relaxing and Recovering from the surge of Adrenaline :- "Fight or Flight" hormone his body would naturally release on his attempt /s to meet his goal / objective.

    Yet in adulthood, even later childhood than " Toddler" :- Often a person / individual may be told off for being angry. Sometimes even accused of being " Aggressive". When all they may NEED is the Enviroment, Opportunity, Support as well as the Skills to Cool Down / Calm Down. Not always easy in a Hot, Busy Enviroment. Seems we an be taught or told to deny or hide negative feelings / emotions. Rather than deal / cope, offer support / assistance with cooling down from the natural surge of Adrenalin our body has released into the bloodstream. Maybe we NEED our feelings acknowledged, accepted, and the opportunity to sit down, rest, recover, etc. Cool drink of water. Maybe we should Care whether it is a youngster or older person who has somehow become enraged. Easier when we know the individual, the circumstances, etc. We all have limits to what we can tolerate. We all require calming environments, calm people, etc. Yet we live in such a fast paced, competitive world.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. Red, Red, Red. Like the book cover.

    Makes me think of colour therapy, what colours represent. As far as I know Red is Energy. In the story Red with Anger, probably due to Frustration at failed attempt at reaching Biscuit.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. The Pigeon Who Has To Go. to School :- Today on our visit to the library. Heard the librarian, telling us the pigeon is back. Indeed there was a pigeon walking around the children's area of the library. No children there at the time. Probably got in via the automatic door system. Librarian told us she managed to encourage it to go outdoors on the last occasion :- By offering the pigeon some food. Likely to have returned for more (different day). There were biscuit crumbs to be seen on the carpet. Wise bird, has found a source of food.

    Librarian keen to outwit the pigeon.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. Wondering just what you and Lily will be reading once she has begun school. Perhaps including the books she is given / allowed / encouraged to read via school could be included in your blog. As this could be beneficial for Parents. Being prepared is always worthwhile, so knowing what type of reading, home work etc to expect, could assist parents in regards to their Parental Role / Parental Responsibilities.

    Also children are encouraged to read via libraries, Book Trust, Book Bug, etc, etc. Being involved in these can be beneficial in socialisation, learning, building communities, supporting Good Parenting / Effective Childcare, etc. Information and experiences of these schemes could be shared on the blog, thus enhancing the whole reading experience for parents, children, Carers, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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