“ Paperback: 40 pages / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd / New Edition: 2 Jan 2001 „
I truly believe that no child could have too many books. I asked a couple of relatives to buy her books instead of toys for her third birthday and they definitely delievered. One of these books is this one, All Together Now.
All Together Now is written and illustrated by Anita Jeram. It is a paperback book that measures approximately 17cm x 19cm. The book contains 40 pages.
The story begins by telling us that when mummy rabbit says 'all together now' they all sing their little honeys song which goes along the lines of:
'We're the little honeys,
A little honey is sweet,
Quack, quack, squeak, squeak,
Thump your great big feet!'
The story then continues on to tell you a little bit about how each of the honey's came to be part of the family. The family consists of mummy rabbit, bunny, little duckling and miss mouse. Of course, these are all different animals so came to be part of the family in different ways but they all love each other and love stomping their feet together.
I really enjoyed this story, I've never come across a book that tells this kind of story of adoption in such a soft and loving way so it is nice to see. I like that it means I can talk to my daughter and teach her all about adoption in a way that she can understand. She enjoys it when I read the story to her, there isn't a great deal of text on each page and there are some fun phrases so it holds her attention really well.
The illustrations tie in with the story well and help tell the story as it shows pictures of when mummy rabbit met and adopted each of the different animals, towards the end of the book it shows them all playing and singing together in a beautiful way. The illustrations are soft on the eye and mainly in pastel type shades. Most of the illustrations are snapshots on pages with text but a couple of the double page spreads are a big illustration with a couple of words on top. I like the difference in the pages as you never know what kind of page is coming next.
I'd definitely recommend this book to young children. It is a fantastic way of opening up to adoption and the story tells it in such a beautiful way. My daughter now joins in with the little honeys song and enjoys it when I read it to her.