The wind has been roaring over the last fortnight and Pickle has found occasion to laugh and cry about it in equal measure. It can be scary to hear the gales at night but equally fun to feel the wind whistling past your face and blowing your hair during the day. Imagine having all sorts of thoughts and feelings about the world around you but no clear means of communicating these feelings.
Little Pickle is picking up new words and phrases every day and it is such an exciting time in her development. Conversations range from informative sessions where she tells me knowledgeably that Daddy is at work and Big Grandad is at the shop, to astute analysis: after watching Anton and Susannah in Strictly Come Dancing, she shook her head and announced: ‘bad bits like apples’. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. (She wasn’t wrong though!)
Our library selection for the week has really helped the language development. Pickle has been able to articulate both her excitement and fear about the wind as a result of Carol Thompson’s Wind picture book, building an understanding of words like swoop, rustle and tickle. Or perhaps the active reading was just too entertaining!
Another great board book selection was My First Out and About where she enjoyed identifying items and locations, including wellies, crayons and library.
Plus we’ve had lots of enjoyment from the following stories:
–Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark
–Bee and Me by Alison Jay
–Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter by Sam McBratney
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Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark follows the story of George the bear and his quest to leave the forest and find someone who can explain what all the squiggly shapes mean in a book he found. His journey isn’t easy and he’s challenged by the alarmingly stern police unit, who turn up in full body armour and with shields, to prevent him from entering a school. All for being a bear.
Thankfully Clementine stands up for him (children have wonderful and forgiving imaginations) and her mum supports her (yes!) so he is given a chance. Living with his new companions, George learns to read and loves books even more.
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Bee and Me is another charming picture book by Alison Jay (also reviewed last time). This is a great find for infant school teachers and parents looking to develop their child’s language and narrative skills.
The images, that follow the unlikely friendship between the young girl and the bee that lands in her apartment, are full of blues and yellows, warmth, expression and compassion. And the story promises hope and daft, dream-like adventure as only Alison Jay’s pictures can.
This is a book that I could return to again and again. I will certainly look forward to the days when little Pickle is able to share in the bedtime storytelling with me, inspired by images such as these.
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Sam McBratney’s beloved Guess How Much I Love You range are greatly loved in our household. Pickle even dressed as Little Nutbrown Hare for her first World Book Day in March.
These books are full of actions to copy (reach and stretch) and Anita Jeram’s lyrical illustrations of nature for detail spotting.
The Winter book continues this theme as Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare play a game of Eye Spy, culminating as ever in a reminder of their mutual love.
A beautiful, gentle night time read.
If you have read any of the books above, let me know what you thought OR if you have recommendations for us to look out for at the library or in our shopping, please do get in touch in the comments below!