Tag Archives: Rhyming Stories

The Sisters Saint-Claire – Carlie Gibson/Tamsin Ainslie

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ISBN: 9781760291563

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Imprint: A & U Children

October 2016

RRP $19.99

I have mentioned before my penchant for books with mouse characters and this is no exception. A delightful and sweet story in rhyme about a family of little mice sisters who love to bake and love to shop at the Sunday market. It’s no fun being the ‘baby’ of the family sometimes as Cecile finds out when she is always left at home because she is too young to keep up.  Determined to prove to her parents and older sisters that being little is no bar to being talented, Cecile concocts a plan and bakes batch after batch of beautiful pies.

And indeed when her delicious delicacies win over the heart of the Queen herself there is such rejoicing in her family that there is no doubt she will never be left behind again.  “Great things can come from the smallest of us.”

This book is a charmer in every aspect: from its lovely textured hardcover to the winsome illustrations in pastel palettes surrounded by effective use of white space to the easy and flowing rhyme.

It would not only make a wonderful read for those emerging readers with a little more ability and confidence but a super read-aloud particularly for girls.

Highly recommended for young readers from around 6 and up.

 

Push! Dig! Scoop! ; a construction counting rhyme – Rhonda Gowler Greene/Daniel Kirk

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Allen & Unwin

Push! Dig! Scoop! ; a construction counting rhyme – Rhonda Gowler Greene/Daniel Kirk

Allen & Unwin

November 2016

Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s

ISBN: 9781408881668

RRP $9.99

 

What a darling book! I’m fascinated to learn that the author has been an elementary teacher for learning disabled children. She knows her stuff for sure. This is full of terrific rhyming, an engaging story and loads and loads of onomatopoeic language which will provide so much fun for young listeners/readers. It simply begs to be read aloud!

Mamas and Papas are down at the construction site with their little ones – who are learning to do all the things their parents do. Busily digging, scooping, making from the morning until it’s time for snuggles in the evening.

Count along with these busy vehicles and enjoy the ride!

I will definitely look out for others by this author – who has some twenty books to her credit.

Highly recommended for the little guys from 0-5 J.

 

 

November 2016

Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s

ISBN: 9781408881668

RRP $9.99

 

What a darling book! I’m fascinated to learn that the author has been an elementary teacher for learning disabled children. She knows her stuff for sure. This is full of terrific rhyming, an engaging story and loads and loads of onomatopoeic language which will provide so much fun for young listeners/readers. It simply begs to be read aloud!

Mamas and Papas are down at the construction site with their little ones – who are learning to do all the things their parents do. Busily digging, scooping, making from the morning until it’s time for snuggles in the evening.

Count along with these busy vehicles and enjoy the ride!

I will definitely look out for others by this author – who has some twenty books to her credit.

Highly recommended for the little guys from 0-5 J.

 

 

Once I Heard a Little Wombat – Renee Treml

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Penguin Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857987396

Published: 03/08/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

 

RRP $14.99

 

Renee Treml has presented another beautiful book for little ones with this re-working of an old nursery rhyme, Once I Saw a Little Bird; and given children a wonderful opportunity to hop, jump, flop and more as the rhythmic text unfolds.

 

Baby Australian animals romp throughout this board book and Renee’s illustrations are as always just delightful.

 

Simple but bound to be a favourite with tiny tots, we know a little babe who will love this one!

 

Highly recommended for little humans of your acquaintance – with Christmas coming up this would be perfect to pop into a Santa sack for someone small and special.

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The Beastly Pirates – John Kelly

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Allen & Unwin Australia

Bloomsbury Children Imprint

February 2015

ISBN 9781408849859

RRP $14.99

Shiver the timbers of your younger readers with this wonderfully witty and rollicking rhyming story about the scurviest pirates you’ve ever encountered!

This just begs to be read aloud with lots and lots of vocal expression. It is chockful of onomatopoeia and alliteration which make it even more marvellous for a story time experience that is thrilling and just scary enough to be exciting. The use of interesting variations in font size along with the use of vocabulary which will extend the reader’s repertoire add appeal to an independent reading as well, so this book has it covered from both angles.

The Beastly Captain Snapper

Is most hideous and vile.

A one-eyed, cutlass-toting

Pirate-eating crocodile.

 

With a body hard and muscled,

Covered head to toe in scales,

His colossal snout is four feet long,

And full of teeth like nails.

John Kelly’s illustrations are bold and detailed providing a visual feast to accompany the text. Humour abounds such as when the nasty pirates are eating crumpets and cupcakes contrasting with the next spread when the next pirate is served up with spaghetti and ragu, after an altercation with the Kraken.

This will make a terrific addition to any picture book collection – whether home or school. It certainly was well received here!

Highly recommended for young readers from about 6/7 years up.

Monsters Love Underpants – Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

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Simon & Schuster Australia

  • Simon & Schuster UK |
  • 32 pages |
  • ISBN 9781847385710 |
  • October 2014

RRP

AU$ 19.99

NZ$ 21.99

Now I’m not entirely sure exactly how much you know about monsters, or indeed underpants, but I will bet you didn’t know how completely inseparable these two are! Can’t you just hear the giggles now as you read aloud this newest of the ‘Underpants’ books?

From the rather wacky creators, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, comes this latest hilarious romp in the highly entertaining series that has included Aliens and Dinosaurs.

Dazzlingly bright illustrations and an engaging rhyming text reveal to the reader that perhaps that suspected rustling of a monster under one’s bed is because something hairy or spiky is actually trying out YOUR snazziest pair!  I think the best plan would be to hide all the funky underwear away in its proper drawer because these monsters are all too keen to flaunt the loudest and garish undies they can lay their hands on – or bums in!

There are mountain monsters and sea monsters, space monsters and swamp monsters and when they all get together for a monster rave at the Saturday night disco  they jive and jitterbug with their most flamboyant jocks. Of course, they have to scurry home because after all, who could be afraid of a monster once you know they have a peculiar pants penchant!

Check out these fabulous endpages…

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As I once did with a Year 1/2 class after reading another famous underwear book (The Queen’s Knickers – Nicholas Allan) I do think some colourfully created ‘underpants’ would make a super display in a classroom or library! It was a great activity for ‘patterning’.

Naturally, such a book is also a great starting point to dealing with the imaginary fears some children may have – use the “Riddikulus” spell and laugh those bogies away J .

Highly recommended for sharing with little people from around 3 or 4 years upwards.

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