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A hatful of adventures
Rosie's Hat - Julia Donaldson
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Rosie's Hat - Julia Donaldson
Advantages: Lovely story
This is yet another Julia Donaldson book that we own but this time she has teamed up with Anna Currey for the illustrations. While this is one I may not have picked up on its own, as it came as part of a pack we decided to give it a read and it has been enjoyed ever since. The simplicity of the book continues like other books by the same author, but I do feel this one is aimed at slightly older children to others that we own.
'One little girl, one smart hat, a sudden gust of wind.... and we're off on a whole hatful of adventures.' We follow this hat on its adventures until it is found again. As the hat is pursuing its adventures with the help of the wind, Rosie grows up into a woman and a fire fighter! She cannot believe her luck when she in reunited with her old hat.
As with all of Julia Donaldson books there rhymes throughout the book. She also introduces a lot of verbs into the short sentences. This is perfect for my eldest son who is currently learning to read and he loves reading this aloud to me making the corresponding noises.
'The babies grow as weeks go by. Flutter flutter! Fly, fly.'
Again similar to other books we own by this author it is an absolute dream to read aloud. The words flow well bringing the story to life, but it is also very enjoyable for both parent and child to read together. As the story is cut to just a short sentence or two on each page it is also a perfect starting block for children beginning to recognise words and read themselves. My son loves me reading this story to him, but at times he also loves reading it to me. As it does not repeat the same words over and over again it builds his vocabulary, and while he can memorise the words it tends to make him concentrate more on what he is reading rather than just reciting it by memory.
The illustrations are perfect to match the book. What I love is the variation of the pictures. Some are full pages of scenes from the book filled with lots of details for your child to explore, while other is small postcard snippets, or small individual items. This means that is makes each page different and something new to explore which my children adore. As there are only a few words on each page I do feel the illustrations play a huge part in telling the story. The pictures are not bold colours or distractive, but they are detailed enough for your child to explore after reading the words on the page. I think this is what makes it perfect for all of my children to appreciate, as it appeals to my older son through words while my two younger children can still enjoy the book as both a story book and a picture book.
I do feel the whole book has a little more of a gown up feel compared to other books by the same author. While the text remains simple there is not as much repetition, so while it still can be memorised it is more challenging for the child. Also the illustrations are more grown up and story like rather than a cartoon, which I tend to find with the other illustrators Julia Donaldson has teamed up with. I would still say it is aimed at preschool children or children just beginning school, but it is more challenging than other books by the same author.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. While my children were not as keen to read this one as others by the same author, once they heard the story it has been picked over and over again for bedtime. It is not a long story but still has enough substance to keep your child entertained and gives them something to think about as they drift off to sleep. It is not one that hugely jumps of the shelf due to the more grown up nature of the pictures, but once we begin to read all of my children enjoy the magic of the book. This is perfect to be read aloud to younger children, but also great for children starting to read.
Summary: A fantastic book with a more grown up feel
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