“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Marjolein Pottie / Hardcover / 10 Pages / Book is published 2006-05-25 by Ladybird „
I am not sure where this book actually came from but my eldest daughter received it at some point along the way and it has been recently handed down to my younger daughter. Having looked on the internet I have found that you can pick the book up for about £1.99 even thought the RRp is actually 33.99 and that there are other books within the range such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
The book is approx 5 inches square and is bright orange in colour, the title of the book is written in a curved shape across the top of the book in white so stands out really well on the background. There is a large picture on the front of two shoes which are coloured green, pink and red and have blue holographic for the buckles and a lovely little butterfly on the front of them. I wouldn't usually put these colours together as I tend to think pink and red clash but the front cover comes together nicely.
Inside the Book
The book is a creation by Ladybird books and is illustrated by Marjolein Pottie. Inside the book you find there are five double pages and each double page is for a different childrens rhyme. The rhymes included in this book are one, two, three and four Mary at the cottage door which personally I have never heard of and my eldest has never come home from school singing. The other rhymes are Five little peas, one potato, two potato, one, two buckle my shoe and finally build a house with five bricks. The rhymes are between 4 and 7 lines long so they are short enough to hold your little ones attention and there are four actions for you to do with your little one for each of the rhymes. For example one, two, three, four the action is count on your fingers, Mary at the cottage door the action is to pretend to knock on the door, five, six, seven, eight action count on your fingers, eating cherries off a plate the action is to pretend to chomp on some cherries. I like the fact of the actions on each oage as it really helps your little one to get involved in books.
The background on each page are bright and plain, there is red, yellow, pink, blue and orange, on one side of the page there is a picture showing a bit from the rhyme being read and then on the opposite page there are 4 small circles each one with the action inside for your chile to complete. The rhyme is written out twice once above the main picture and then each line is written below the action that it belongs to so you read it once and then read it again with the actions. The pictures are in bold colours and don't really have any detailing to them so there is not too much for your child to take in whilst you are reading the book and doing the actions.
My eldest daughter liked this book but it certainly wasn't a favourite of hers even though she has always liked singing and nursery rhymes, my youngest will sit while I read it to her but she doesn't seem to like doing the actions and she doesn't sit to have it read again which she does with some books so I don't think this is one of her favourites either. I will rate this book 4 as there is nothing actually wrong with the book, the pictures are easy to follow the rhymes are written well although we didn't know them all and the price is decent but my girls have both made it obvious it isn't one of the better books we read.