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Morag and the Lamb - Joan Lingard

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Genre: Junior Book / Author: Joan Lingard / Paperback / Publication Date: 1992 / New Edition / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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      12.08.2012 22:58
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      Children's story book

      Morag and the lamb

      This is one of the stories I have read on several occasions and especially at Spring time.


      The story centres around a young boy and his dog (Russell and Morag) are left with his grandparents, who live in the country. The dog is clearly not used to being with sheep so Russell is being warned that Morag must not worry the sheep as its lambing time (hence it's a Spring story). When Russell and Morag go for a walk with the grandparents they meet the farmer who happens to be a lady; this has frequently prompted young children to ask whether ladies can be farmers so I think it's a good role model. Russell goes off with the farmer to feed the sheep and Morag is left behind to ponder why she cant worry the sheep (she understands the conversation!). Morag does eventually hear a noise and finds a lamb caught in brambles. She is concerned that she has worried the lamb and goes to find Russell, encouraging him to follow her. The farmer untangles the lamb and Morag is praised and told she has definitely not worried the sheep.

      The story line itself is very sweet and quite predictable. There is lots of speech and text of different sizes so it's a good story to talk about ways of using text and punctuation even with very young children.

      The illustrations are all large and colourful and depending on the text, sometimes take up a full double page spread, so it's a nice book to look and to talk about the pictures.

      OTHER BITS OF INFORMATION...

      * Pages: 32 pages
      * Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1992)
      * ISBN: 0744520304
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      The book is widely available online and can be picked up at amazon for 1p! Bargain

      VERDICT...

      A lovely story which is great to read aloud and which will be enjoyed by most children in Key Stage 1. The pictures give lots to talk about as does the subject matter.

      I would recommend this as a read aloud story for young children.

      Thanks for reading

      Daniela xx

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