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Friday, 6 May 2016

'Lion Practice' and 'A Tale of Two Beasts'

It's been a while, hasn't it?  Since my last post, I have returned to work full time, after two years of being a stay at home mum.  We've had new routines to establish, change, tweak slightly and settle into.  Stories before bed with both L (almost four) and E (two) is one routine that has not changed and I want to share with you two gorgeous books that we have all been enjoying.

Lion Practice by Emma Carlisle

This delightful book begins with, "My name is Laura and I love to practise.  I love kangaroo practice, parrot practice, and elephant practice too.  And I'm VERY good at crocodile practice. Everyone thinks so.  Mum says that today I should practise being something small and quiet like a mouse.  But I have a much better idea.  Today I will try...Lion practice!" L and E both enjoy joining in with the reading of this book- especially chiming in for 'Lion practice' which we say with a lot of enthusiasm. Carlisle has created a believable and exuberant character of Laura, whose zest for life and active imagination is very endearing. When her enthusiastic interpretation of what it means to be a lion goes a little too far, poor wee Laura feels very despondent.  The way that Carlisle has depicted this through the illustrations is done well, with the lion slowly disappearing and then reappearing when she is comforted by her parents. I think the book is a lovely depiction of the power of the imagination and pleasure it can give.

A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton

This is a clever book that had L laughing out loud the first time he heard it.  The book consists of two different narrators recounting the same events, but from their own (contrasting perspectives).  It's told first from the little girl's- who finds a little creature in the woods and takes it home.  It is then told from the perspective of the little creature.  L loved this twist and understood it, but E is still a little too young to appreciate that aspect of it (although she still enjoys the book).  From an adult's perspective- it's lovely to read a children's book that has a clever structure which plays on the reader's assumptions.  If you wished to, you could use this book as a way to begin discussion around perspectives and how different people can see things in different ways or you could just enjoy it for its humour. x 

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