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Our 5 choices for this week are all about sea creatures! Perfect for this beautiful, summery weather!
This is one of my absolute favourite stories to read to small children. It is also a perfect choice for a 5-a-day book as it is bright, funny and set out in steady-beat rhyme. This is one of those books that I was able to get children to stamp their feet to as we read it as a whole class! It also has a great message about sharing, friendship and learning to get along together, as well as fabulous sparkly pages!
This story is very funny and silly, therefore appeals greatly to little people! It is not rhyming, but short and easy to predict outcomes. As can be seen from the title, it’s all about a fish who has fingers and is therefore very talented, much to the annoyance of some!
Bright Stanley is a great story about a fish who doesn’t look out for danger and nearly gets eaten by a shark! Great, bright illustrations and a dramatic storyline. For some reason this was an absolute favourite of Cakie’s when she was about 18 months old!
This is a collection of brilliant poems about a range of sea creatures from the blue whale to barnacles! It is great as part of a teaching topic. The rhymes are punchy and fun and easy to memorise by heart, which makes it a great book for the 5-a-day scheme.
This last book is funny and a great imaginative tale about a fish who has limitless wishes and uses them for outrageous things, such as for snow to fall under the sea and to fly around the moon! But he makes a mistake that can’t be rectified and stops being quite so special after all! Great rhyming text throughout.
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Rachel T says
*gasp* how could you do under the sea and miss out Tiddler?! It’s one of our favourite books EVER, and we often recite it in the car. You must know it? If not hunt it out. Immediately!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
hehe Rachel- you know, I actually don’t have it! I’ve heard it is great though. I shall seek it out. There are SO many fabulous sea related stories!
Commotion in the ocean has been a big hit with both my girls. And Sue Hendra books – esp Norman http://www.playingbythebook.net/2011/02/02/when-is-it-ok-to-teach-your-kid-to-kill-animals/
Tiddler’s definitely worth getting hold of.
Isil Simsek says
We love Sharing a Shell,too. The other books look interesting,too.Thx for sharing.
I was so excited to see that we have the same theme this week. We are using three books the same, fish that could wish, sharing a shell, commotion in the ocean then I have Tiddler and Shark in the Park. You are right there are so many sea stories.
I look forward to seein more of your FAB activities.
Kierna C says
Cheers – couple of books here I haven’t ever read with my classes – something to look forward to for September 🙂
Love the selection – I used to work as a Marine Biologist and in our under the sea books we have none of them (*shocked face*) so have just added them to the birthday list for next month.
mama magic says
Nice ones..Commotion in the ocean is a great hit with my son. We do teh crab walk, the penguin walk, shark bite and sword-fish chase. Do not even need to get crafty to get the message home :)!
Book For Little Hands says
I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m loving your dedication to children’s picture books and reading.