World Book Day 2014 – Book Review: Woolly’s Walk
It’s World Book Day! This morning I dropped my two off to school dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Lightening McQueen, with the relevant book in hand. Now strictly speaking I am not sure that these really count as ‘book characters’ but at 5 and 3 I am not going to be too picky with them and I’m very comfortable that they have an impressive love of a huge variety of books so… ‘have a lovely time Belle and Lightening’!
I am a firm believer in reading to babies, even when they are still bumps! It is never too early to start reading with your children, even if they don’t seem particularly interested and just want to chew the book, even this is a start. Snuggling up on the bed, the sofa or the PlayDuvet and reading with your children is a lovely way to spend time together, for you and for them, and it is also hugely beneficial to their development, stimulating their reading and communication skills, their imagination and understanding, and allowing you opportunities to talk about colours, patterns, likes and dislikes… the list is endless.
For World Book Day every child in full time education in the UK and Ireland will receive a token to get a book for £1. There are some great books included so don’t miss out! You can find out more at www.worldbookday.com. But if you’re little one isn’t in full time education yet, here is a recommendation and a review for a book for young children that we have loved, Woolly’s Walk by Usbourne and illustrated by Stephwn Cartwright.
This book is from the Usbourne ‘Touchy-Feely Farmyard Tales’ collection and one of the things that we loved about it was that it was a touchy-feely book with a story to it (albeit a short one!). A lot of the sensory books don’t actually seem to have a story as such but this one is very sweet. It takes young children on a journey with Woolly the sheep as she wanders about looking for some food, warning her off what she shouldn’t eat and eventually finding the grass that is just right for her. It not only teaches young children the textures of things but also the relevant word for that texture and about nature – for example that birds eat apples and that a thistle is a prickly plant. I can honestly say this is one of the best touchy-feely books I’ve come across.
Books like this are fantastic for playing games with on your PlayDuvet for children right through the early years to play together. For example you can lay a different object on each square of the PlayDuvet and then your children can make up their own animal walk crawling from one square to the next until they find the right thing for that animal to eat, with a different opportunity to learn something at every ‘stop’!