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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Please post links to your reviews here


message 2: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Davies | 3 comments Hiya Alison,

Three of my reviews below, more to come soon =)

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Kind Regards,

Rebecca


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Ashley Johnson (misschance) | 14 comments Hi Alison,

Here are the links to my reviews which I submitted a few weeks back.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Regards,
Ashley.


message 6: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Good work, P1! But remember you're writing these reviews for each other, not for me. Please remember also that you have a children's lit task to do on course as well as pre-course.


message 9: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Hi,

Here are my book reviews:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/80...


message 10: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is a book about a life process of a Caterpillar that goes on a journey from being an egg to a butterfly. It starts off its journey with an empty stomach eating away a number of fruits throughout a week and eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly.
I really enjoyed this book when I was young because I found it was very creative and found that it helped me learn the days of the week. I believe this book provides a number key knowledge as children can learn numbers, learn names of fruits and food through very colorful illustrations and also discover the life process of things around them and in this case, how the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
I believe this book is appropriate for 4-6 year old children (EYFS).




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Sonia | 12 comments Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A very interesting book for early readers. A child writing to the Zoo for a pet and receives many different animals from the Zoo, however the the animal is sent back because of a number of reasons, which is described very clearly and relates to the animals character and features. E.g the Elephant was too big and the Lion was too fierce. The reason why I enjoyed this book when I was small is due to the illustration that is used and the excitement of what is behind the flaps, which created curiosity when it was being read to me. The book is more appropriate for 3-5 year olds and it can be used in the classroom to be read aloud to give children the chance to discover size, expressions and identify different animals.



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Aoife Hassett | 3 comments Hi Everyone!

Here are my first three reviews.

"Bimwili and the Zimwi" by Verna Aardema
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

"The Enormous Crocodile" by Roald Dahl
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66...

"Funnybones" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12...

Enjoy!
Aoife x


message 13: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Aoife wrote: "Hi Everyone!

Here are my first three reviews.

"Bimwili and the Zimwi" by Verna Aardema
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

"The Enormous Crocodile" by Roald Dahl
http://www.goodreads...."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... and http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... are links to your reviews rather than the books, Aoife. If you post links to the books (and they're very popular, with lots of reviews!) only your Goodreads friends will see them.


message 14: by Claire (new)

Claire Hart | 13 comments My review of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 15: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks Claire. I agree, as a book to promote an increased vocabulary and role play for language comprehension, Room on the Broom is great. Have you read Mr. Gumpy's Outing?


message 16: by Yasmin (new)

Yasmin | 8 comments Hi,
here's my review for 'Splat the Cat'by Rob Scotton

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34...


message 17: by Sumayya (new)

Sumayya | 1 comments Hello, here are my first three book reviews. Hope they are useful. Feel free to comment and recommend. Thank you.

Sumayya Patel


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 18: by Claire (new)

Claire Hart | 13 comments My review of Night Monkey Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

(You may notice I am reviewing a lot of Julia Donaldson books as I really enjoy the way she writes, I will post reviews by different authors as well!)


message 19: by Claire (new)

Claire Hart | 13 comments The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

(A very funny book with amazing illustration!)


message 20: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Yasmin wrote: "Hi,
here's my review for 'Splat the Cat'by Rob Scotton

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34..."

Here's the link to your review rather than the book, Yasmin http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 21: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Fantastic reviews, everyone! Claire, The Pirates Next Door won the Waterstones Children's Prize this year, as well as being nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.


message 23: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Sonia wrote: "Hi, More of my reviews,
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19...
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46...
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11......"


Hi Sonia, please could you re-post with links to your reviews, not the books? Have a look at the guide on UEL Plus if you're not sure how to do this.


message 24: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Apologies...I hope I got it right this time.

Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I find this book a very distinct picture book, that tells a tail about a boy called Max. Max goes on a journey in to where the wild things are. the whole story takes place in his room, but his imagination takes over, describing where he went, who he met and what he did. Max later discovers he would rather be at home. I find this book very imaginative and creative. I think this book is aimed more at Key Stage 2 to 3 and can be used to do creative writing.



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Bear Hunt Bear Hunt by Anthony Browne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a book about a Bear that is being hunted. The Bear uses his pencil to draw objects and animals as a means to escape from the traps. It uses both pictures and very short words to tell the story. Children in EYFS can use this book to develop their ideas, imagination to guess what Bear is about to draw.



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Avocado Baby Avocado Baby by John Burningham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A book about a baby that is born in a weak family. One day the baby eats an avocado pear and becomes very strong. The baby is then able to do many unusual things. I believe this book would help develop children's writing skills, especially because it uses paragraphs, long sentences, speech marks etc and can encourage to children to explore their imagination.

I would say this book is more targeted to Key Stage 1 and 2 children.



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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I remember reading this book, when i was really young, I loved it. The brights colors used in this book to describe different animals made me remember the pattern in which they appeared in the book. I believe this book is great to use in EYFS to introduce colours, names of animals, which they may be familiar to and to figure patterns.



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message 25: by Yasmin (new)

Yasmin | 8 comments Hi, here's my review for 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39...


message 26: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Yasmin wrote: "Hi, here's my review for 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39..."


Please could you post the link to your review (not the book) Yasmin? Matilda has been reviewed by so many people that I can't locate your review. Have a look at the guide on UEL Plus if you're confused.


message 27: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Hi All,

I found this book very interesting.

Splat the Cat Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Splat the Cat is a very interesting story for children 3-4 years old. Splat does not want to go to school and uses many excuses to avoid going to school. Failing to convince his Mum, Splat takes his pet mouse, Seymour, in his lunch box. Splat makes lots of friends at school and learns a few about cats, until he is informed that Cats chase mice. Lunch time approaches and out comes Seymour and scares away all the cats.

I found this book very fun and exciting, the pictures are very humorous and exciting to see. Scotton uses alliteration and humor in the story, which I think would keep children engaged. I also believe it would comfort children who are also starting school or trying to settle in nursery, they can relate to Splat the Cat and see that school may not be as bad as they think.



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message 28: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments I love this book. It makes me laugh every time I read it!

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Best,

Darren


message 29: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Very inspirational book, can be used across the curricular:

My Granny Went to Market: A Round-The-World Counting Rhyme My Granny Went to Market: A Round-The-World Counting Rhyme by Stella Blackstone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"My Granny went to Market" is a great book with lovely illustrations for young children (EYFS). Granny goes on a journey on flying carpet, which she buys from Istanbul (Turkey). Granny travels Country to Country buying specific items from each Country, I noticed the items she buys somehow relates to the Country she buys it from, as though it’s a Souvenir. For example, paper lanterns from China. This book can be used to be read out to children, the illustrations are fabulous, a lot of questions can be asked to children about it, i.e., Has anyone been to China? Japan? Turkey? Australia? Or you can ask children if they recognise any of the items in the illustrations? Etc.

A fantastic counting rhyme book, which attracts children to learn about different cultures and at the same time develop their confidence in learning numbers, order and sequence. It can be used across the curricular; children can create their own paper flying carpet, masks, and lanterns. It could also give comfort to children who have English as an additional language.




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message 30: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Hi All,


More of my reviews.

Zoo Zoo by Anthony Browne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A very out of the ordinary book, “Zoo” by Anthony Browne, is not the archetypal children’s picture book. The front and back over with the zebra stripes representing the title and the picture of the classical nuclear family at the front shows that is may be about a family. The book is told from one point of view. The little boy describes their family visit to the zoo, where they exhibit behaviour which mirrors that of some of the animals.
A lot can be picked up from the illustrations, the expressions of animals, the father and mother. This book consists of a lot of humour (jokes that were mentioned by the father), children can relate the characters to their family, as it appears to be more real. I think this book is more for Key stage 2 children, children can discuss “Do you think animals have dreams?”.




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Today Is Monday Today Is Monday by Eric Carle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Today is Monday” by Eric Carle is one of my old time favourite sing a long book. We use to sing this book at assembly times. It is a very colourful book with great illustrations where children need to learn the order of the days of the week and what the animals ate on each day.
This book can be used in EYFS to establish days of the week, animals and food that they eat at school or at home in a more fun way which will help them to remember. Children can also draw or paint what they had for lunch or dinner.




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Kipper Kipper by Mick Inkpen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Kipper is a very well known book for young children. Kipper the dog tidies his basket, Kipper’s basket is old and his blanket is smelly, he tries to find a place to sleep. Failing to get cosy like the animals around him, Kipper eventually gets tired and falls asleep on his basket.
This book can be used with children to introduce punctuation marks, as Inkpen uses a lot of quotations, exclamation marks, capital letters, ellipsis etc. There has also been a production of a British television series on Kipper; these can be used to show children who are auditory and visual learners.




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message 31: by Karen (new)

Karen | 6 comments Here are my three reviews - upload in September but thought I should add them to the P1 group

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 32: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Here are my three reviews - upload in September but thought I should add them to the P1 group

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://w..."


Thanks, Karen!


message 33: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 34: by Charlene (last edited Oct 14, 2012 02:18PM) (new)

Charlene Sterling (Charlene82) | 1 comments Wow how long did it take me to discover this page... Hi P1 here are my reviews of books i have read with my children. Particularly, my son who is 4.

Enjoy
Charlene

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 35: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments If you haven't read about the amazing world inside Billy's bucket, read all about it asap :)

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 36: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 12 comments Hi All,

My review on "We're going on a Bear Hunt"

We're Going on a Bear Hunt We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is amazing and very memorable; it is one of my old time favourites; which still lives to entertain the young children of today. From the moment you open it, children learn of the journey that is about to begin. It is about a family that go out on a “Bear Hunt” they come across many potential obstruction that we normally wouldn’t go “through” on an ordinary day. They go through each; Rosen expresses the sounds in the book, which engages children. Once the family reach the final point with anticipation, they notice the Bear and run back the way they came.

The repetition of "we're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we're not scared!" allows children to remember each part of the story. The sounds that are made to show they are travelling through the grass, river, mud forest, snowstorm and the cave, enables them to learn the story in a very systematic way. The illustrations are great!

I feel this book is targeted for young children (EYFS and Key stage 1), it can be used across the curricular: Geography, English, Drama and Art. Children can retell the story using their own expressions, or their journey to school and what sounds they made or heard. Children can explore their surroundings, park, rivers etc.




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message 37: by Monty (new)

Monty (sparkleshoes) | 12 comments Love your review, Darren! Really want to read this book now. Sounds like it tackles a sensitive subject in a very appropriate way for young children.

Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."



message 38: by Monty (new)

Monty (sparkleshoes) | 12 comments Hi everyone, here are links to the reviews I've done so far.

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr Seuss

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

And some poetry collections for tomorrow's session:

Points of View with Professor Peekaboo by John Agard

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

'A First Poetry Book' by various authors
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 39: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


That's wonderful, Darren! Thank you. Michael Rosen's Sad Book made me cry, but it's a wonderful book!


message 40: by Alison (last edited Oct 15, 2012 12:35PM) (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Montserrat wrote: "Hi everyone, here are links to the reviews I've done so far.

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson

http://www.goodreads.com..."


Fabulous, Monserrat, thank you! I love John Agard's poetry; this is another great collection from him:Under The Moon & Over The Sea: A Collection Of Caribbean Poems and No Hickory, No Dickory, No Dock his collection of Caribbean nursery rhymes.


message 41: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments Montserrat wrote: "Love your review, Darren! Really want to read this book now. Sounds like it tackles a sensitive subject in a very appropriate way for young children.

Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(..."


Thanks Monty. My parents went through a divorce when I was at school so I know what it's like. This book does a great job. I like how honest a portrayal it gives. It basically says that sometimes people spilt up, and we just have to deal with it. It's a harsh reality, but true. Read it if you get a chance. It's only a picture book. Won't take long :)


message 42: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments Alison wrote: "Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."

That's wonderful, Da..."


Thanks Alison. I'll give that one a read. I like sad books. I have no idea why. Maybe because it conjures up emotions. It's better to feel something, than nothing at all in my humble opinion...


message 43: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Darren wrote: "Alison wrote: "Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."

That'..."


I agree. I think that there is often a worry about upsetting children with books with challenging content, but many children do face difficult circumstances (divorce, long term illness, bereavement etc) and I think that encountering issues in books can help children feel that they're not alone.


message 44: by Darren (new)

Darren Shoneye | 21 comments Alison wrote: "Darren wrote: "Alison wrote: "Darren wrote: "This book will make you cry :(

I know it's only a child's picture book, but it's still very sad :(

My review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/43..."


Exactly. Some people want to create this 'sheltered' environment, where these things don't happen, but they do, and living in such a way is unrealistic. I think the sooner you learn to deal with things like this, the better, otherwise when it does happen you struggle to deal with it. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved. Nothing lasts forever, so it's inevitable that we will all deal with a loss of some sort in life. (Gosh, that sounded so pessimistic!).


message 45: by Monty (new)

Monty (sparkleshoes) | 12 comments Thanks for the suggestions! I love John Agard, the nursery rhymes one sounds great so I will have to check it out. Alison wrote: "Montserrat wrote: "Hi everyone, here are links to the reviews I've done so far.

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson

http:..."



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Samia (Sam) (samgoodreadscom) | 15 comments The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This a fabulous book about a caterpillar who is so hungry that it eats a variety of food, from cake to cheese,from ice cream to fruit. But by doing so it ends up with a stomache ache which is relieved by eating a green leaf.
The story incorporates the days of the week and the number of food items the caterpillar eats. This is great for the EYFS as it can be used to teach days of the week, number values and impact of different types of food, (importance of healthy eating).
The illustrations are vibrant and depict a butterfly's life cycle.
I used this book during minibeasts topic as it was a great way to introduce how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and the life cycle of the various stages. We made the caterpillar by using paper plates for the caterpillar body, decorated with a variety of craft mediums and asked the children to make representaional drawings of the food.It is a wonderful collage displayed in our book corner.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Samia (Sam) (samgoodreadscom) | 15 comments Samira's Eid Samira's Eid by Nasreen Aktar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a wonderful story about 'fasting' and 'Eid' and Samira and Hassan's first fast. Hassan was very hungry but his mother reminded him not only of all the other people who were fasting but those who didn't have anything to eat.

It was the final fast of the month as the children witnessed a glimpse of the new moon which meant it was time for a celebration, new clothes, lots of delicious food and a family get together. But best of all their gran surprised them and joined in with the celebrations.

The story illustrates one way of celebrating multi-cultural diversity within a learning environment. The pictures are colourful and depict reality of the characters through their clothes and stages of the story.
I feel this book is suitable within early years and key stage 1. Even as a starting point for key stage 2 who are learning about Islamic celebrations. Role-play could provide opportunities for children to show their understanding of the festival.





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Samia (Sam) (samgoodreadscom) | 15 comments The Giant Turnip The Giant Turnip by Henriette Barkow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I read the dual-language version of this book (Urdu translation by Qamar Zamani).
The story is about a class of school children who grew fruit and vegetables in their school garden. I especially liked the drawings of the items they grew with Urdu translation above each picture. The children nurture the crops through summer and when they return to school they found an enormous turnip. The teacher asked the children how they could take this huge turnip out of the ground. The children gave various ideas and it became a competition between the boys and the girls but one more person was needed to pull this turnip out of the ground. The whole school enjoyed the biggest turnip feast ever.
I think this story would fit in with the 'growing' theme and be used across several EYFS learning areas as the story illustrates growth, how to care for plants, gender values (both boys and girls are equal). I wanted to explore how a dual language book could support EAL learners.
Most suited for nursery and reception children leading to other activities.



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Samia (Sam) (samgoodreadscom) | 15 comments Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I've rated this book with 5 stars as it has been a favourite with my reception class.The colourful illustrations are eye-catching and the rhyming narrative provides opportunity for children to join in with reading the story about the brown bear who is looking at another animal.That animal is then asked who it is looking at and so on.
After reading the story once, I say to the children 'I see a -------- (children's response) looking at me.'
This method encourages many learning skills as children are engaged with both listening and reading the book. They learn about animals,colours and one of the senses (sight).
I enjoy books which provide ongoing learning through activites based on the book/story/illustrations/writing style. In this case the animals are shown to be all sorts of colours which children found amusing and questioned why the cat was purple and there are no blue horses, thus showing children's knowledge of the world around them and inviting further discussions.
I asked the children to draw animals in the colours they think are correct and after brief discussion they were asked to paint the same animal with colours of their choice.The paintings were so creative and full if imagination and some children referred back to the book for ideas.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/edit/...




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Samia (Sam) (samgoodreadscom) | 15 comments The Very Busy Spider The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love this book as do my nursery+reception class.This busy little spider does not want to go and play with all the various animals who ask her to join them in an adventure instead she is busy spinning her web.On each page is a fly hovering about.Ask the children why and they say, 'It wants to play with the spider/animal.'
The tactile web and fly capture children's concentration as they touch these and shout out what sound the animals make.
The repetitive narrative is particularly enjoyed once the children have heard the story and guess what happens next.
I like to use interactive books as these keep even the most figity listeners engaged.
This simple story teaches about the world around us, animal noises, how a spider makes a web and what is for (catching the fly).
Further activites can be introduced into the class (we made spiderwebs using black card, drizzled PVA over it and added glitter).
Children referred back to the book to see the shape of the web.


The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle


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