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Little Miss Helpful - Roger Hargreaves

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roger Hargreaves / Paperback / 34 Pages / Book is published 2003-04-03 by Egmont Books Ltd / Alternative title: Little Miss Library: Little Miss Helpful

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      05.05.2009 19:10
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      She should be called Little Miss Unhelpful!

      First impressions of this story would lead you into thinking that this is all about a Little Miss and how helpful she is, but you will be mistaken. Little Miss Helpful, tries to help several friends with jobs, but actually ends up making a right old mess of it and you would almost wish she hadn't tried in the first place.

      During this story Little Miss Helpful, tries to tie Mr Talls undone shoelaces, but ends up tying them together, as he falls over and hurts himself she gets a plaster and sticks it over his mouth. She followed on from that by ripping it off and hurt Mr Tall even more. when offering to help again he shouted at her to 'Go away'

      Little Miss Helpful also goes to visit Mr Happy, who she had heard had got measles, she offers to help him out; sending Mr Happy to bed she starts cleaning up. Every time Mr Happy just dropped off to sleep something happened to wake him, whether it was Little Miss Helpful asking where things were, or falling over the soap, and walking into the saucepans with a bucket on her head, she made so much noise he had to go and see what she was up to.

      Finding Little Miss Helpful with the bucket and lots of mess, he tried to get the bucket off but pulled so hard he ended up flying through the door and out into the lake, now who do you think came out to help???


      So Little Miss Helpful wasn't all that helpful in the end, she seems to create more mess and trouble, that none of her friends want her help. What I do like about this story is; there are plenty of opportunities for you to ask children what they think may happen next, or ask how they think Mr Tall and Mr Happy are feeling. There are not as many repeated words in this story, but this doesn't stop children learning basic language, recognising letters, and using the pictures to help tell the story in their own words.

      Little Miss Helpful is the 8th story in this wonderful collection, it's a small paperback book, which can easily be placed in a bag and taken out to keep children amused as and when needed. It only takes about 5 minutes to read and therefore makes a great bedtime story too.

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      10.10.2008 18:47
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      Little Miss No.8 Little Miss Helpful

      Little Miss Helpful is the 8th Little Miss book. Roger Hargreaves created the Mr Men in 1971. Ten years later, he created the Little Misses as well, off the back of the success of the Mr Men. They are lovely books, which I enjoyed when I was a kid. My son prefers the Mr Men books as he can relate to them more being a male, but they're still very good.

      Little Miss Helpful is bright purple with neat orange hair. In the story, she tries to be the most helpful person she can to all the other Mr Men and Little Miss. Unfortunately, she ends up being completely unhelpful! She helps tie Mr Tall's shoelaces back up when they come undone, but ends up tying them together, as well as a host of other things. So, when Mr Happy falls ill and Little Miss Helpful turns up to help, you can imagine the consequences for poor Mr Happy!

      This story just goes to show that no matter how helpful you are, sometimes people just don't ned or want your help, and it can also be misplaced. However, gthe story does also give the message that good intentions count for a lot, and that it is nice to try and be helpful. The illustrations are very colourful and vibrant and are on the right hand pages in the book, and the writing is on the left hand pages. This is in keeping with the layout of the Mr Men books.

      The Little Miss books retail for £2.50 each, but amazon.co.uk are currently selling them for £2.25. I recommend the Little Miss books as well as the Mr Men books.

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      26.09.2008 15:54
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      Perfect for bedtime

      Little Miss Helpful is number 8 in the Little Miss collection written by Roger Hargreaves. The collection contains 33 stories; with each one being written about a different character loved the world over by children and adults alike.

      Each book is printed in the same way with writing on the left hand side of the book and cheery and colourful pictures on the right hand side that engage the attention of younger children. The back cover of each book is also the same and consists of pictures of all 33 characters in the series along with their names and numbers. This makes it easy to keep track of which stories you have read and which you have yet to do so. The front covers are of course all unique, as they proudly display the name and picture of the character whose story is written inside.

      Little Miss Helpful is deep pink / purple in colour and oval in shape. She has deep yellow head tied neatly back and always wears a pair of green and white-heeled shoes. Her nose is bright yellow in colour and upon her face she always wears a very broad and inviting grin.

      Her story begins by telling us that Little Miss Helpful was one of those people who love to help other people but who end up helping nobody. For example when Mr Tall's shoelaces came undone Little Miss Helpful tied them back up for him. Unfortunately she tied them together and Mr Tall fell over shouting out when he hit the ground. Little Miss Helpful being helped fetched sticking plaster and stuck it...over his mouth. She then pulled it sharply off when he tried to take causing Mr Tall to yelp again.

      As you can imagine therefore when Mr Happy was taken ill last April and the doctor exclaimed he had measles and must rest in bed he wasn't best pleased when Little Miss Helpful turned up on his doorstep saying those fateful words "I've come to help".

      In my opinion Little Miss Helpful is a great children's story. It is relatively short in length and so is not only perfect for reading at bedtime but also the right length to stop a child's mind wandering. The story itself is both entertaining and humorous in places and furthermore it is simple to read yet not over simplistic as to make it patronising or boring.

      This book long with all the others in the Little Miss series can be easily purchased from all good book shops as well as a large selection of supermarkets and online retailers. Its RRP is £1.99 but it is possible to find it for less. So go on let Little Miss Helpful help you.

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      12.05.2008 19:31

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      Great book for your child.

      The Little Miss and Mr Men collection is perfect for children until about 8 years old. They are fun short stories and will certainly be loved by your kids. Many children don't enjoy reading enough and these book could help to change there mind.

      Little Miss Helpful is the 8th story in the Little Miss collection, Little Miss Helpful is a friendly looking round Little Miss, she is a pink/purple colour and has her hair tied up into two buns. She has a round yellow nose and white and green shoes.

      She tries her best to be helpful but she just can't help getting in the way, and not being helpful at all. One example of her catastrophic help: One day she helps Mr Tall to tie up his shoe laces but accidentally ties them together, he tries to walk and you all know what comes next... BANG! And so on...

      This charming book will only cost you £1.99 on Amazon and is a great buy as it is a fantastic choice for your child's story time, both you and your child will spend quality time together reading it.

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      21.04.2008 18:22
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      GREAT LITTLE BOOK FOR ALL

      Since Mr Tickle our house has become a haven for the Mr Men and Little Miss storybooks (as well as DVD but that is for another review). They are great fun to read and are always a hit at bedtime (for both my son who enjoys them and me because they are short and offer interaction).

      Little Miss Helpful is number 8 in the little Miss collection. She is a smiley purple Little Miss with yellow hair tied in a bun and a matching nose. She also wears a pair of slightly high-heeled white and green shoes. As her name suggests, she likes to be helpful and will help anyone. The only problem is that she often hinders rather than helps.

      She helps Mr tall tie his shoe lace but ties it together. He then falls down and hurts himself so she brings him a plaster and puts it over his mouth. She then pulls it off and we all know how that hurts (OUCH). Little Miss Helpful is that kind of person: always wanting to help and not always succeeding. What will Mr Happy do when she offers to help when he is bed bound with measles and she turns up to help look after him? Well needless to say that he has to be called Mr Happy to survive the whole experience and that his convalescing will not be without a hiccup, or two, or three, or.......... I will have to let you read it to find out.

      This book is part of the Mr Men series written by Roger Hargreaves and was created in 1981. My son loves these stories as they are easy to read, short and expose some human characteristics. This one is a particular favourite as it exposes a lot of mishaps and allows for great interaction on the full page pictures. These are easy to read and understand and have great stories that will keep you captivated (well for a short while anyway).

      ISBN: 0-7498-5232-1

      Published by Egmont Books Ltd

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      Book Series: Little Miss Library