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#26 2011-02-15 10:11:28

RDGardner
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

Hi Kay - 'Where's Spot?' has just turned up at our local library, and Little Troubleblossom does indeed like it. "Spotty Book!" is one of the ones she keeps asking for to take to bed, and she particularly likes the bear behind the door, who, apparently, is "eating custard!". Mummy, on the other hand, is a bit nonplussed, particularly by the crocodile under the bed!

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#27 2011-02-15 12:21:43

Kay Green
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From: Hastings, UK
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

TRY THE BASKET! Oops, sorry - flashbacks.

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#28 2011-03-02 10:40:43

RDGardner
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

I'm also a bit perturbed by the snake in the grandfather clock: I can only assume it's after the mouse. Strange, the things that don't frighten Little Troubleblossom when I'd expect them to... the bear at the end of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' seems quite scary to me, but Troubleblossom happily announces "Bear! Bear coming!" and kisses any teddy bear that may happen to be within range.

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#29 2011-03-04 16:23:28

RDGardner
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From: West Lindsey
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

This month's choice is another Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap production: 'Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow! A First Book of Opposites' (Puffin, 2008). I can tell when something's a real hit with Pickleblossom by the number of snatches of the text that work their way into her conversation, and this has a quote on almost every page. It's a rhyming text, with Nick and Sue demonstrating the opposites on facing pages, as 'This bird is big [Sue riding an ostrich] / This bird is small [Nick holding a canary] / A lot of clothes [Sue practically invisible under layers of unlikely garments] / No clothes at all! [Nick prancing starkers in the bathroom]'. The pictures are clear and bright, but well populated, with plenty of things to point out and count, or to make Mummy count if you're feeling a bit challenged (there are 157 daffodils in the field of the 'I'm far away' picture), and the rhymes are well-balanced and properly readable.

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#30 2011-05-20 23:16:22

RDGardner
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

This month's choice is 'Bear in a Square', by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter, published by Barefoot Books. Little Troubleblossom (now two years and nearly-two-months) has just learned to recognise and name shapes, and this is the best shape book we've come across. It's a nicely sized small board book, with ten double-page spreads, and it doubles as a counting book, because you start off with one square in the first spread, and end up with ten stars on the last one (then there's a bonus spread showing you all the shapes you've spotted, with their names). There's a rhyming text, so that the first spread has 'Find the bear in the square', and the second 'Find the hearts in the queen's hair'. Most of each spread is taken up by quite a complex picture, always featuring the eponymous bear, with the shapes you're supposed to find worked into it, and it will take even a bright toddler some time to find all of them. The two hearts in the queen's hair are pretty simple, but by the time you get to 'Find the ovals in the park', the nine ovals are made up of two red tulips, two purple tulips, two finials on the framework of the bear's swing, an oval pool, a goldfish with an oval body, and a bee. If you need a clue, however, a strip down the right-hand side of each thread shows the number of shapes you're supposed to be looking for, with their individual colours and patterns. Little Troubleblossom likes this one so much that she reads it in bed by herself, and sits in her cot all alone counting shapes.

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#31 2011-05-22 08:48:24

Kay Green
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

Hello Rachel! And thank you - I was just pondering the fact that we hadn't got anything new to  put up for 'book of the month' for May - but now we have. 'Bear in a Square' it is!

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#32 2011-09-30 07:10:36

RDGardner
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From: West Lindsey
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

Another one whose library ticket we've had to renew: Amy Hest, 2001, 'Kiss Good Night, Sam', illustrated by Anita Jeram, can't see all the publisher's name under the library label (possibly Walker). The story here is entirely about Mrs. Bear putting her little bear, Sam, to bed, on a dark and stormy night in a little white house on Plum Street, with full double-page illustrations in soft sweeps of paint. There is a lovely, dreamy sing-song to the text as it describes every aspect of the bedtime ritual: 'Mrs. Bear arranged Sam's friends in the bed and they all snuggled close in the blanket that was red. Outside, the rain came down...' - it's perfectly designed for reading more and more quietly as the little one dozes off.

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#33 2011-09-30 12:25:42

RDGardner
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From: West Lindsey
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Re: Little Troubleblossom Recommends Board Books

The other great favourite this month is 'Wobble Bear Says Yellow', by Ian Whybrow and Caroline Jayne Church, 2010, Oxford University Press. This is quite an advanced board book, as it's only worthwhile or funny if you already know your colours: Little Troubleblossom and I borrowed it first while she was still learning hers, and it made no sense to her at all, but now she loves it. It's another bedtime story, in which Wobble Bear's mummy is trying to teach him his colours as she puts him to bed - 'Mum took him to the bathroom and she popped him on the sink. She said "Look, Wobble, this soap is pink! Now, what colour is the soap, Wobble?"' Wobble Bear, however, is totally contrary and will only answer "Yellow!" to everything - 'He said "Yellow!" to his dinosaur, and "Yellow!" to his pot. He said "Yellow, yellow, yellow!" was the colour of his cot...' - accompanied by pictures of Wobble looking at his orange dinosaur, red potty, white cot and so on.  Eventually, he is tucked up in bed, and correctly identifies the yellow moon as he drops off to sleep. The great joy of 'Wobble Bear Says Yellow' appears to lie in knowing better than Wobble does, but it's also a good wind-down story with the "Good-night" at the end.

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