Alfie Gives a Hand
by Shirley Hughes (Goodreads Author)
Alfie is delighted to be invited to Bernard's birthday party, although he feels a bit nervous about going on his own. But Alfie has such a great time, that he finds he doesn't even need his special blanket—and he makes a new friend too!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Red Fox
(first published 1983)
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A beautifully illustrated novel from Shirley Hughes with life like drawings of Alfie and other characters in the story. Young children are often enchanted by their life-like appearance and loveable character. This story is about a little boy call Alfie who is invited to his best friends birthday party. His best friend Bernard is not very nice really and upsets another friend at the party called Min. Min then clings on to Alfie for comfort and protection. In the meantime Alfie had taken his comfo...more
Alfie approaches attending a party without his mum with reticence. He brings along his security blanket but in the end ditches it for having fun. Great little read that speaks both to children and their parents about separation anxiety. I think I loved Bernard's mum (the host of the party) the best! Her son is really going crazy with excitement and she is trying to make sure all the children have a lovely time! I have been there, we all have been there!
Lovely. So glad to see so many others enjoyed reading this book. I've no idea how I came by it now, but it was in the top ten of favourites of the stories I used to read to my boys. Obviously written by a parent who had gone before me, and knew what they were about. Tenderly written, with great understanding and insight. If you're a parent and wondering what you should read to your children, you can do no better than anything written by Shirley Hughes.
May 11, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Another Alfie story about Alfie's first invitation to a birthday party. He is frightened to be away from his mother and sister, and brings along his favorite blanket; but in the course of the party, the badly-behaved birthday boy torments another child and Alfie has to choose between comforting the frightened child and holding on to his own security blanket. A wonderful, child-size look at putting others' needs before one's own.
I enjoyed this book about a little boy who gets invited to a friend's birthday party. He want his mother and sister to go with him, but he end up taking is security blanket instead. He later learned that he didn't need his security blanket after all.
I know we read a bunch of Shirley Hughes stories with Alfie in . Also we have read several other books she's written, of which titles I am trying to remember. She is an excellent author of children's books and her illustrations are lovely!!!
Shirley Hughes is the illustrator of more than two hundred children’s books and has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She is the author-illustrator of DON'T WANT TO GO! and OLLY AND ME 1 2 3. She lives in London.More about Shirley Hughes...