Firstly – thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my last post where I introduced this new series ‘The Best of Our Bookshelf‘.
I was so moved, overwhelmed and happy that I was able to introduce some of you to a book you’d not come across before, Julia Donaldson’s ‘Sharing A Shell’, (read the review here); and I will also let you all know that since your comments, you have inspired me too, as I had to pop out to the shops just the other day to purchase another one you all seemed to thoroughly recommend! But more of that one another day perhaps 😉 …….
But now swiftly on to book number two!
And personally, this is one of my very own favourites.
I believe we never actually bought this book ourselves as I think it came from the Bookstart Club. So perhaps, if you have children around the same age as mine, maybe this is one you were given also?
To be honest, it is probably a book I may never have picked up from a book store shelf myself.
I don’t actually know. I can’t seem to put my finger on it.
All I do know is that I’m just so pleased that we received this lovely book by other means as it really has featured quite prominently in very many of our bedtime routines!
It’s called ‘There’s an Ouch in My Pouch!’ by Jeanne Willis and Garry Parsons
This is the tale of a little joey named Willoughby Wallaby.
It tells of how he isn’t happy in his mummy’s pouch anymore as he’s finding it uncomfortable, and as a result, hops off around the Outback to find a new pouch to rest in.
Along his journey he encounters other typically and well-loved Australian animals, some more friendly than others shall we say!
Again, it is a rhyming book, and I absolutely LOVE to read this one aloud to my little girls (or whomever else will listen to me!) as I find the rhyme just rolls off the tongue so easily.
And I’m also afraid to admit that I do tend to add a bit of an Australian twang as I do so, but I really find I can’t help it!
One thing’s for sure though – the girls absolutely love it!!
I have found it gives more personality to each of the characters you meet along the way, telling the tale with more drama and storytelling excitement!!
As with the previous book, this story has a little lesson to be learnt behind the tale itself, which can help children to ‘stand on their own two feet’. It helps them realise that they too can do things for themselves and it’s not perhaps as scary as they might think to do so!
I mean – if little Willoughby can do it – then why can’t they!
This has been a book which I’ve picked from our bookshelf time and time again, and quite honestly I know I’ll never become tired or bored of it. I just hope the girls don’t get tired of listening to me!!
Is there a particular book which you have read time and time again to your little ones??