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The Little Miss Series of books written by Roger Hargreaves began in 1981 with Little Bossy and now includes 33 books each written about a different and colourful Little Miss character. Some are definitely more famous than others but they are all without a doubt extremely popular and well loved.
Little Miss Wise is number 21 in the Little Miss collection and is one of the less well-known Little Miss characters although she is still equally as loveable as all the others. She is a bright pink character that is oval in shape and has a deep pink nose and neatly tied back brown hair. This is the picture of her that we see on the front of the book. Above this picture is her name written in black, block capitals. The reverse of the book has on it pictures of all the other Little Miss characters in the series so that you can keep track of which you have bought and which you have yet to purchase.
Little Miss Wise's story begins by telling us that Little Miss Wise was as wise as an owl and that because she was so wise and sensible she did lots of wise and sensible things like brush her teeth every day and make her bed every day. The book also tells us that Little Miss Wise likes to go for a work everyday and that last Monday whilst she was out walking she met Little Miss Naughty who invited her to jump in puddles. Being wise Little Miss Wise said no.
The book continues by explaining that on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday she said no to other offers as well. By Saturday she was quite unhappy and decided that if she kept saying no she would have no friends left. In an attempt o keep her friends she decided to start saying yes. But what would happen when on Sunday she did?
The story is printed in the same way as all the others in the series with writing on the left hand side of the book and bright, colourful and cheery pictures on the right. These pictures make it easy for younger children to follow the story being told. The writing itself is of a decent size so as to be easily read by young children and their parents or grandparents without difficulty. It is also written in a style that makes the story simple enough for a child to read but not too simplistic as to patronise a more confident reader or slightly older child.
The story itself really is a lovely one and because it can be read in around five minutes it is perfect for reading at bedtime. Little Miss Wise can readily be purchased from most good bookshops. Its RRP is around the £2.50 mark but supermarkets and online retailers generally sell it for less. Even if however you pay the full price for the book I am certain that you will not be disappointed.