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I'm not really picky when it comes to buying books for my 4 year old twin boys, at the moment they cant read but they do enjoy a bedtime story and luckily they are not too fussy what book I read to them either. I'm always in my local charity shops to pick up bargain books.
One of the books we have is Sally's Secret by Shirley Hughes.
This book is a hard covered picture book with a RRP of £8.99 printed on the back. I've never read a Shirley Hughes book before, and to be honest I'm not choosy with authors either but the back of the book lists other picture books written by Shirley, these including 'Alfie Gets in First, Helpers, The Trouble with Jack' and many others.
Sally's Secret is in fact a den, she has made, nothing special or intricate but it's imaginative and beautiful. It's basic storyline portrays a child's imagination perfectly, illustrating how fun and adventurous a child can be with such very simple things. The illustrations alongside the story are beautiful and delicate, appearing almost like professional paintings which add to the imagination for a child as they can really picture Sally's imagination and see what she sees which I really like.
My boys really enjoyed listening to this story and looking at the pictures too, even though the book does look a little girly as it's covered in flowers. The type of things Sally was doing in the story though is exactly what my boys would think and do, such as making houses in all sorts of places - even behind curtains, under tables and inside boxes. Pretending these places are their homes, their special places I can see their imaginations unfold and in this book you see Sally's unfold further when she ventures out into the garden too which is exactly what my boys like to do, as everything just seems so much more magical and real outside in the world. It is out in the garden that the book reveals Sally's new secret which is so simple yet appears so fun.
I bought this book for about 30p in a charity shop and it really is a lovely story which all children could relate to, be it boy or girl.
Sally's Secret has everything that is magical about Shirley Hughes books.
The story is about a little girl who makes a den one day & has a friend round to play tea parties with her, & this simple little tale manages to pinpoint just what is important when you're small & for an afternoon your whole world is in your back garden: the excitement of of a picnic & what a big thing it is when a cat comes to visit, & the serious business of dressing up like a real lady.
The illustrations are an absolute joy: not only are the main pictures charming & evocative but there's so many intricate borders & incidental detail that the more you look the more you see.
A wonderful book that I've been reading to my children since they were tiny & is also perfect for reading alone or just studying the pictures.
Sally's Secret is a perfect book for young girls aged between 2 and 6.
Sally, like all little girls, likes to make houses, and she makes them in lots of places, behind curtains, under tables and in boxes. She also takes little snacks to eat in her houses. Her secret house is in the garden, under a bush, which she has furnished with a chair and her special tea set. She invites Rose, the girl next door, to her tea party. Rose comes over in her dressing up clothes and they have tea and chat,
'They talked about babies just like grown-up ladies.'
Sally also has other garden visitors to her secret house, and has a thoroughly enjoyable time.
This simple story is accompanied by Shirley Hughes' brilliant Illustrations. The drawings are detailed and lifelike and full of colour and vibrancy. Her representation of children and their expressions is very appealing.
The book has lots of flowery, girly designs and so it has lots of appeal for young girls.
Suitable for reading to young girls, and for pre-readers to looks at the beautiful illustrations on their own, or for young readers to tackle themselves.
Sally loves making houses and one day she discovers a very special place to make a secret house. But her happiness only becomes complete when she shares her secret with Rose.