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Author: Julie Lacome / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 13 July 1998 / Genre: Picture Books / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd / Title: Walking Through the Jungle / ISBN 13: 9780744563269 / ISBN 10: 0744563269 / Alternative EAN: 9780744536430

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      12.11.2012 14:13
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      Fantastic little rhyming book about a boy who encouters various animals in the jungle

      One of my friends was having a book clearout, as her children were getting a little too big for some of their books and with Christmas coming up they needed to make room. My daughter loves learning about animals, as most young children do. My friend immediately thought of Lily-May when she was in the process of getting rid of this book and passed it over, it was an instant hit with her.

      ==The Book==

      The book is paperback and is written and illustrated by Julie Lacome, she has written and illustrated 30 something other books, such as 'Ruthie's Big Old Coat', 'Hocus Pocus' and 'I'm a Jolly Farmer', amongst many others. The book is told in nice little rhyming couplets and is quite repetitive, but children love that sort of thing, so we will let the repetitiveness slide.

      ==Synopsis==

      The book hasn't got a story as such, it follows an unnamed boy as he walks, creeps, runs, leaps, swings and wades through the jungle, encountering different animals along the way such as, elephant, tiger, lion, monkey etc. The fun part of this book is making the noise of an animal before turning the page to reveal the animal that was making all the noise, "looking for his tea" and also doing all the actions for walking, creeping, running, leaping, swinging and wading. So the book not only teaches children animal sounds, but also different types of movement.

      ==Price==

      I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book, although you can purchase it on amazon.co.uk for £4.29 including delivery, so it isn't too expensive.

      ==Verdict==

      This is one of my daughters favourite books at the moment, she loves interacting by doing the animal noises on each page and shouting out the names of the animals on the following page. It is a really easy book to read, and after the first couple of times reading the book your child will most probably read along with you. This is a good book to read standing up too while you and your child do all the different actions involved in the book.

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      04.04.2009 02:25
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      Will you be the crocs dinner?

      Weve had this book for 18 months now and its still a firm favourite. In fact being lightweight, thin and fun it travels with us everywhere!
      I was suprised recently to come across it on amazon for £12.34 (rrp £18.99!) as it came free in my daughters bookstart bag.

      Walking Through The Jungle is a Walker Book written and illustrated by Julie Lacome. She was born in 1961 in Fife, Scotland. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 20 years. The bulk of her work, however, has been for children's book publishers. To date Julie has published over 30 books.

      The book has a repetitive "Walking through the jungle, What do you see? Can you hear a noise? What could it be?" A young boy walks, creeps, runs, leaps, swings and wades through the jungle - hearing animal noises as he goes , and your little one can guess the animal before you turn over the page from the animal noise.
      "sssssss"
      "Over there a snake looking for his tea"

      The repetitiveness and the rhyming helped my daughter memorise this pretty quickly and she has always been fascinated by the pictures.

      Now my daughter has got to quite a cheeky age and she replies each time I read 'looking for his tea' with 'do you think they want coffee mummy'.

      I have a 'time capsule' that Ive been collecting for since the birth of my daughter and I must say that this is definately going to go in. In fact its the second Walker book to be added.

      A fun, lively book that you will enjoy reading time and time again and your little ones will never tire of.


      Paperback: 28 pages
      Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
      Language: English
      ISBN-10: 0744563267
      ISBN-13: 978-0744563269
      Product Dimensions: 44.8 x 37.2 x 0.4 cm

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        27.11.2008 22:18
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        nice story to read to your child

        This book was in a Bookstart pack that i received from the library for my son. He was very excited to see that he had this book and another for us to read.

        This book is by Julie Lacome. It is a very simple story and is quite shoert in length, it keeps my 21 month old sons concentration from beginning to end.

        The story starts with a little boy moving through the jungle. The boy moves in a variety of ways throughout the book. Each part of the story is told over a double page. The 1st of each double page starts off with a short rhyming paragraph. On the second there is a picture of the little boy doing the action mentioned in the paragraph and an animal sound.

        As the little boy is exploring the jungle he hears different noises and this is where the animal sound comes from. When you turn the page, you then see the picture of the animal that made the sound. As an example i have included the first little bit from the story in my review-
        Walking through the jungle,
        What do you see?
        Can you hear a noise?
        What could it be?
        (animal sound) Sssss

        Over there!
        A snake looking for his tea.
        The only thing that changes each time is the movement and the animal. This continues through the book with the different ways of moving that almost correspond with the different animals in the book.

        When you get to the last page there is a picture of the little boy with his hands to his mouth. The text says 'Hope it isn't me!' This refers to the animals that are looking for their tea.

        The words are quite large in this book, which will help an older child who is learning to read. The pictures in the book are very simple but colourful. The picture showing the little boy doing his action is backed on a white page which means that you can only focus on what he is doing. This will help your child to copy what is being done in the picture. The pictures of the animals almost cover a double page and shows the animal in their natural surroundings. These are very bright and colourful.

        This is a book that i would definately recommend as it is a lovely story. Also there are educational factors to it such as rhyming, learning about where the animals live and the sorts of noises that the animals make.

        There are a lot of discussion points to this story. Firstly you can talk about what the little boy is doing and how he is moving, you can discuss the animals and their surroundings. You can talk about all the different things that are in a jungle and wha animals you like/dislike plus anything else that comes up during the story.

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        02.10.2008 14:50
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        A simple but entertaining read, presents plenty of play opportunities

        When my toddler threatened a tantrum upon leaving the local childrens centre this book was thrust upon him as a means to get him to leave without the usual screaming.

        It's a fairly short book with a little rhyming paragraph on each double page spread paired with a picture of a little boy doing the action featured.

        Each time the little boy explores the jungle using a particular action he "hears" an animal and we get a noise word to express this.

        On the next double page spread we are shown the creature that made this noise and are told what it is and that it is apparently looking for it's tea.

        Whilst on the surface this book might seem simple and perhaps you might think it would get boring quite quickly, there are actually a fair few learning opportunities within. We explore the jungle in the story, but we also explore rhyme, animal noises and the actions of the little boy that also relate to the animals.

        As a play prop you can encourage your children to act out these animals, how they move and how they sound. You could even continue on from the rhymes provided by the book and explore how we think other animals might move.

        We've used this book to discuss the various animals shown, wondering what they might quite like to eat for their tea and where they might like to go to sleep afterwards. Quite often we return to the how to tell the difference between a tiger and a lion debate as my son is quite certain tigers are lions and vice versa.

        It is great as a bedtime story, it's nice and brief so getting them off won't take forever. Even my two and three quarter year old picked up on the repetitive rhyming paragraph and said it along with me after the first reading of this book. He loves when mummy makes the animal noises and likes to join in too. The only point I will make here is that my son has recently started being afraid of certain things at night, and sometimes I think this book and the insinuation that certain creatures might want to eat little boys for their tea can be a little frightening at bedtime.

        The words are quite large and bold, so easy to see for mummies who have forgotten their glasses downstairs or in the dim bedroom at night. The illustrations of the animals are quite simplistic, but nice and colourful with interesting backgrounds to explore full of flowers, leaves, fruits and even a pink flamingo. The little boy is seen on a plain white background doing his chosen action, which makes it easier for little ones to see and copy if you want to join in with actions as well as words and noises.

        I am pleasantly surprised by this book and even after two weeks of reading it I don't want to return it to the childrens centre. I never thought something as short and simple could provide so much opportunity for entertainment with my toddler, but it has been a firm favourite and watching my son go off and play "Walking Through The Jungle" by himself, even recalling some of the words, has actually made me quite emotional. He's starting to grow up and this is just the sort of book that they need to help them get there.

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        25.04.2008 09:50
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        Take a walk or leap through the jungle and see what you can find.

        This book was the second one that Toby received in his 'Bookstart' bag following his 2 year developmental check.

        Written by Julie Lacome, 'Walking through the jungle' follows a little boy, (which I assumed you pretend it's actually the child looking at the book) and his journey through the jungle.

        A double page is used for each part of the story, where most books I've seen have the writing on one half and the picture on the other; this is divided into ¼ double page writing and ¾ double page picture. Each double page then alternates between the boy on his journey and an animal in the jungle. (Not sure what I mean! Here is the first few pages to give you an idea.)

        Walking through the jungle,
        What do you see?
        Can you hear a noise?
        What could it be?
        (Picture of boy walking)
        Ssssssss

        Over there!
        A snake
        looking
        for his tea.
        (Picture of snake in jungle)

        Creeping through the jungle,
        What do you see?
        Can you hear a noise?
        What could it be?
        (Picture of boy crawling)
        Grrrrrrrr

        You probably get the idea now. The only words that changes each time are the movements, the name of the animal and their sound: because of this it makes it a great story for the children to join in with: they could pretend to be the animal, making noises etc.

        I'm not going to tell you all the animals or how it finishes, as that would spoil the story, if I've left you wondering, then you'll have to get hold of a copy yourself.

        Whilst reading this story to Toby, I have made a point of pointing to his eyes and ears when asking the questions about seeing and hearing, as these concepts should be learnt by children. When questioning - what could it be? We look puzzled and Toby puts his finger to his lips to show he is thinking, although he does this a fair bit during the story and occasionally in other situations, it makes me laugh every time.

        The words are a fairly large font, so when a child is learning to read, this makes reading this book a bit easier. The pictures are clear and bold, and show the picture of the whole animal, not just their head, like so many books I've seen recently.
        Before you turn the page, or your child turns the page in our house, you can encourage the child to guess what animal is coming up next, by making the sound written in the story, if your child can't guess it from that, there's nothing stopping you from making a noise which your child recognises. For example, Toby doesn't recognise a monkey as making a 'chitter chatter' but he does know 'oo oo.'

        Overall this is a great story for children of all ages. I've read it several times already and love to see Toby's reactions to the animals. I'm sure before I know it he'll be still looking at it for many years and even reading it to me.

        Although we got our copy free, it retails at £5.99 and I have seen it on Amazon for less than this price.

        Published by Walker books www.walkerbooks.co.uk

        ISBN: 9780744536430

        Bookstart - www.booktrust.org.uk or www.booktrusted.com

        Nicola xx 25/04/08

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        A small child is making his way through the jungle, first walking, then creeping, running, leaping, swinging and finally wading. As he goes, he hears various noises - ssssss, grrrrrrr, trump trump, roarrrrr, chitter chatter, snap snap - after each of which the page is turned to reveal the animal responsible. Text and artwork combine to encourage audience participation on the levels of both sound and movement - and to create a guessing game. Julie Lacome has illustrated Sing a Song of Sixpence; A was Once an Apple Pie; I'm a Jolly Farmer; Noisy Noises on the Farm and The Shape of Things.