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Ill be your friend smudge by Miriam Moss and Lynne Chapman
After our recent and very successful trip to the library we came home with a large selection of very good books. Jack may only be 4 months old but I do like to read to him and I do believe that this is very beneficial for him.
I wanted books that have a lot of words that I can read aloud to him and also have a lot of pictures that he can stare at whilst he listens to me reading.
This book has both of those things. It not only has plenty of words and pictures but the story itself is very good. The pictures are beautifully drawn with bright colours and certainly keep Jack occupied while I am enjoying the story.
This book is a hardback book with 20 paper pages inside. Each of these pages is filled with illustration and the typed words are printed over the pictures. As I say this book was borrowed from the library but to buy would cost £8.99 pence.
This book is one of part of a series following Smudges adventures the other books available are; A new house for Smudge, Smudges grumpy day and Its my turn Smudge! I have yet to read these other books but after enjoying this one as much as we did I think I will certainly keep a look out for them.
The story of this book is pretty simple but is told in such a lovely and warm way that it is perfect for children of all ages. Smudge is a mouse and she has just moved house with his friend Stripe who is a black and white badger. As she wakes up and asks Stripe How many days to my birthday she realises that indeed today is her birthday! Stripe had bought her a wonderful box of paints but while eating breakfast Smudge is worried that because she has moved home that she now does not know anyone and who will come to her birthday.
Smudge decides to build a tree house in which to throw her birthday party. After the tree house is built smudge sits down and cries for she knows that there will be no one to fill her tree house up and celebrate her birthday with her. Down below the tree house Hare hears someone crying and introduces himself to the tearful Smudge. Smudge explains to Hare why she is crying and Hare volunteers to be Smudges friend. He also offers up all his friends to be Smudges friends too!
As Hare and Smudge set out in a boat to meet all of Hares other friends Smudge cheers up. The travel along the river meeting all of Hares other friends. They meet Goose and mole who just cant wait to celebrate Smudges birthday in the wonderful new tree house.
At the end of the book you get to see all the animal friends together having a wonderful time in the tree house eating cake and wearing party hats. Smudge is so happy that she has made lots of new friends, Goose, Mole, Hare, Stripe and Smudge all have a wonderful time at the party and played lots of lovely games.
As Stripe the badger tucks up Smudge in bed he asks her if she enjoyed her birthday after all. But Smudge didnt answer, as she was fast asleep!
Its such a wonderful book with a warm tale of friendship and kindness that who could not find this a wonderful book. The illustrations really do add to the brilliance of the book, as the animals are all bright and drawn in a lovely cartoon style. Jack seems mesmerised by the pictures and even though we have to take the book back in a week or so this is one book that I would consider renting out again at some point.
5*s for this wonderful book.