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Our 5 for this week
If you saw the post about the Castle Story Box that we made this week, you will have seen that C. was using it to retell parts of Jack and the Beanstalk from memory. So I’ve picked another Nick Sharratt rhyming fairy tale so that we can learn his version of the story by heart. She’s loving it already!
Due to the wonderful cardboard box challenge hosted by TinkerLab this week, I’ve been thinking of stories about boxes and remembered this one from my teaching days. It is old fashioned but always a winner with every class. It is set out in rhyme and talks about all of the crazy, funny skills that clever international cats have, and always ends with “but my cat likes to hide in boxes.” Funny, repetitive, rhyming and great for vocabulary, geography and discussion.
This is the first in a series of wonderfully funny, rhyming stories about a cheeky little dog called Hairy Maclary who gets into all sorts of mischief. Fabulous for retelling and predicting the rhyming words.
From the wonderful Dr Seuss, this is one of my favourite books from childhood (although some of the pictures are creepier than I remember!) Great rhymes, very silly, good fun!
Beautiful illustrations, simple and moving text. No rhyme but rich descriptive language that is easy to remember and predict. C already knows about 50% of this by heart so I’m interested to see if she will know it all by Sunday. I’m predicting yes!
Please link up your book choices below (or link to a related post about children’s picture books.) Alternatively, just list your titles and ideas in the comments section. I look forward to reading them!