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A story full of love.
Moles Babies - David Bedford
Member Name: claireylulu
Moles Babies - David Bedford
Advantages: Lovely story, repetitive structure, beautiful pictures
Disadvantages: The text is placed all over the place.
Mole's Babies is a lovely story book that has a loving thoughtful message behind it, all we really need is love. This book is perfect for a bedtime story as it is a warm hearted story that is sure to make any child smile. As well as a nice message behind the story it is also nice to see the dad as the main character in the story who is searching for the best thing to make his babies happy.
Mole's Babies is a story about a Mr and Mrs Mole called Morris and Mini. They are getting ready for the arrival of their babies. It seems it is that time of year as throughout the story we see pigs, ducks, cats, horses, rabbits and chicken's all with their new babies. Morris is worried he wants to make his babies happy and begins on a search to see how other animals make their babies happy. But Morris just doesn't seem to be good at any of those things and runs out of time to find what the best thing is. Can Morris make his babies happy?!
Mole's Babies is a lovely story for young children and is a good length lasting around five minutes. Trying to occupy a five year old and a three and half year old can be a bit of a challenge these days. My eldest likes more action packed stories where as my youngest still like's sweet calm stories. Even though this story fits the latter my eldest actually enjoyed it, it might have had something to do with the cute little animals! The story is spread across twenty four pages. The text is spread across the pages and to begin with I did find it a little annoying as there is a sentence here and there over the page but you soon realise it follows a pattern and you get used to the lay out. I think it is meant to add a bit of fun to the page for the children but as my children don't read the book and I do I'd rather it wasn't like it but it didn't spoil the story and after reading it a few times I have got used to it.
The illustrations in the book compliment the story beautifully. Both my son's enjoy looking at the pictures of the animals and their babies. The colours are subtle and the detail of the pictures is plenty. My eldest son loved the fact Morris' glasses ended up in all positions as he kept falling over when he was trying to copy the other animals. As my son is five it is these little details that make a book for him.
Both my son's enjoyed listening to this story and as it has babies in my youngest adores it. It has become a firm favourite with my youngest son which is strange as he doesn't usually have favourite books. As for my eldest he hasn't asked for it since but he is currently train mad and loves his train stories. As from a parents point of view I think it is a lovely story which after I got over the funny layout of text I really enjoyed reading. The structure of the book is quite repetitive something I find is good to get my boys involved with the book as they start to realise it has a pattern. This is especially good with my youngest who really struggles with his concentration. I find he finds books with a repetitive nature easier to follow. It has always been a struggle to get my youngest son to sit and listen to books and as his speech is slightly delayed I feel it is important for him. With this book there was no problem he sat nicely through the whole thing and asked for it again at the end!
Mole's Babies was a present for my youngest son and it is a well loved present now. It retails at £5.99 and is available on Amazon. It is a lovely story for the slightly younger child and one I would recommend if you come across it.
Summary: A story with a loving message behind it.