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My daughter likes the character Maisy even though she currently only has a couple of books from the range. For whatever reason, she has an affection for this little mouse called Maisy, who goes on various outings and adventures with her animal friends such as Charley and Tallulah. This particular book focuses on Maisy making Gingerbread, which I actually picked up in a charity shop a while ago, who were offering 4 for £1.
This book starts off with Maisy in her kitchen wanting to make Gingerbread cookies. Now, this appeals to my daughter, as she likes gingerbread men and she likes making buns with mummy! Although there aren't a lot of text in these books, I would say there is enough to make the story clear for a young child, but most of the time, it is the picture that tells the story. THe pictures within this book and all of the Maisy books are bright and colouful, and almost childlike. For example one of the pages has a text saying 'She is going to make gingerbread cookies' with a picture on the opposite page showing Maisy with a recipe book in hand and weighing scales. I find therefore, that this opens up lots of discussion with my little girl, about measuring ingredients out, and following a recipe. LIke most children her age, she is like a sponge, taking in everything she sees and hears, so she understands and repeats everything even within this book.
Back to the story, which continues with a list of ingredients that Maisy will need to make gingerbread. SHe has to mix everything together, and then roll out the dough and cut out the cookies using different shape cutters. Maisy then puts the cookies into the oven, and licks the bowl while the gingerbread is cooking - my daughter can relate to this as this is her favourite part when making buns with me. This is then followed by the washing up, before the doorbell rings bringing two of her friends, Charley the crocodile and Tallulah the hen who get to enjoy the gingerbread that Maisy made for an afternoon snack.
My daughter loves this story, even though I would say that it is verging on becoming too easy for her, but I do think it is educational and I think the colourful pictures and simple text help even a young child grasp a storyline and make it relevant to everyday life. A good book for a lovely series.
Maisy makes gingerbread was actually bought for my sister by my Grandma when she was a child. There are thirteen years between my sister and I and so I had my son when she was in her last year at Primary school and she then passed the book on to him.
Maisy makes gingerbread is written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. The book was published in 1999 by Walker books and it can be purchased from amazon for £3.99 and this includes free supersaver delivery. People are selling used copies of the book for as little as one penny but you need to watch out for postage charges there.
Maisy makes gingerbread tells the story of Maisy the mouse as she spends the day in her kitchen making gingerbread. It follows the process of Maisy getting the ingredients ready, mixing them and cooking the gingerbread as well as cleaning up afterwards. Then Maisy's friends Charlie and Tallulah call round for afternoon tea and sample the gingerbread that she has made.
What is nice about this book is the simplicity of it. The language used in the story is quite basic with just one or two sentences per page. I started reading this book to my son when he was around eighteen months old and as it was so simple it kept his attention well. The book is read in no time at all with it being so simple but it does allow you to talk about what shapes Maisy is making the gingerbread in and what ingredients she may need and things as well.
Another thing that is great about this book is how colourful the illustrations are. For each double page spread one side is full with an illustration whilst the other is white with the black text so the colour really stands out. Now the illustrations are quite simply drawn but feature a lot of bright block colour and I think this makes them pleasant to look at for a child. My son used to really enjoy looking at them and I think we both really liked the fact that everyone always looked so happy as it gives you a happy feeling yourself.
My son and I read this book together many times up to him being around four years of age. At one point this was his favourite book and he wanted it reading to him every night and so he soon became familiar with the simple story. Sometimes he would "read" me the story using the pictures and his memory as a guide and he really enjoyed doing this. As he became able to read in his reception year at school he would often read this book himself so I would say it is suitable as an early reader too.
I do think that Maisy makes gingerbread is a great little book for young children. It has a simple story with bright pictures which are nice to look at. I would certainly recommend it!
Thank you for reading my review!