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This book 'Jump in!' is a tale about Miss Lollipop, who bought a little truck, and as she drives along, ends up picking up a lot of unexpected passengers, in the form of various animals, who 'jump in!'. It is written by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by David Melling, who according to the blurb at the back of the book are a 'Smarties Book Awards' shortlist team.
As with most of the books I have brought into my classroom, this tale was bought for 35p in my local charity shop, again in excellent condition, however, you can purchase this book, along with the tape, for £5.49 on Amazon.
This book is perfect for young children, because it includes two great features: firstly the tale is told as a rhyme, making it easy for young children to listen to and predict words. Secondly, it includes a little bit of early counting, a great tand fun way to reinforce numbers.
The tale starts with Miss Lollipop, having bought her little truck, driving down to the river, when in jumps a duck (you can see the rhyme already). They stop for a picnic, and children can join in with the 'quack quack quack' noise the ducks makes, and the 'beep beep beep' that the truck makes, before the next page shows a sheep jumping in.
Miss Lollipop continues on her travels picking up two mice, (again children can join in with the various animal sounds ' quack -- baaaa- squeak'), a cow, a kangaroo, a giraffe, a buffalo, a hippopotamus, and an elephant.
After picking up these animals, along comes a hungry tiger, who opens his huge mouth, and swallows up all the animals from the car. Miss Lollipop however, calls him ' You naughty boy!'. Children then have the chance to try and recall hom many animals were in the car, and that are now in the tiger's tummy.
The story doesn't end there however, as the tiger gets the hiccups, and the animals all pop out one by one, having had a lot of fun in the tiger's tummy. So the next day, Miss Lollipop sets off in her truck again, only to find that they have all 'jumped in' again, for another adventure!
This is a great book for young children, the rhythm and rhyme are very easily picked up, and it encourages young children to listen to the story and remember what animalsa nd how many where in the car. The illustrations go perfectly with the text, and this is already a firm favourite with the children I teach.