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You Choose! - Pippa Goodhart
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You Choose! - Pippa Goodhart
Advantages: A Book That Involves All The Family Even Big Kids Like Me!
Disadvantages: There Is No Disadvantages Other Than We Want More Pages.
You choose came into our home after my youngest daughter was given it as part of the scheme from the bookstart charity which is a fabulous scheme that gives a selection of books to all three year olds and you choose was chosen to be the big picture book.
I have always encouraged my children to read and I have read to them all even when they were in my tummy!. I have always told them that if you love reading you will never be bored and all my children love to read and be read to.
The book is designed for ages three and up, however it is suitable for all and I will explain more about it's wide reach later.
===== Author =====
The book is written by Pippa Goodhart who has written many children's books from picture books , books for very young children and more adventurous books for older children
Pippa also writes a series of books about Winnie The Witch under the pen name Laura Owen.
====== Illustrator =====
I did want to mention the illustrator of this book, Nick Sharratt has illustrated many books, His illustrations are wonderful and colourful and from a child mind and they really bring the pictures and books to life.
Nick has also written many books himself and illustrates for other authors making him a very talented man.
Older children may recognise a few Tracey Beaker Characters as Nick also illustrates some of Jacqueline Wilson's books.
====== The Story =====
There is none.
No really there is no story!, and that is what makes this book so delightful. Your child becomes the author of their own story and makes all the decisions and their imagination drives the story.
====== How The Book Works =====
When you first open the book the first page shows a girl, boy and a cat. they have speech bubbles the girl says "Imagine You Could Have Anything You Wanted" to which the boy replies " What Do You Mean?" and the cat answers " Just Turn The Pages Of This Book, Have A Look And Choose".
Each page in the book covers a different section.
If You Could Go Anywhere Where Would You Go?-
On the first double page your child is greeted with a beautifully vibrant and childlike landscape picture which has everything from snow capped mountains, volcanoes, a city landscape, the moon and planets, a beach, the dessert, forests, waterfalls, the jungle and a funfair.
This is where your child's imagination drives the story as they pit and tell you where they want to go.
Who Would You Like For Family And Friends? -
On this page all the pictures of peoples are in bright and colourful frames of all shapes, sizes and colours,
You child can pick everyone from, Kings and Queens, santa, Dracula, superheroes, aliens, pirates, clowns, and some great historical figures such as Cleopatra and many many more.
What Kind Of Home Would You Choose? -
Again the is every type of dwelling you can imagine and many you would not even imagine such as, Toadstools, caves, hotels, wigwams,Igloos, traveling caravan and tree houses and even an alien spaceship, there is also more obvious things like hotels, farms, castles and normal looking streets.
What Would You Put In It? -
This is one of my favorites pages as you can pick all the things you would like in your home from swimming pools ( I always choose that!), carousels, pianos, famous paintings and more useful items like washing machines, computers, clocks, TV's, lights and drum sets. You can even pick an egyptian mummy! (every home should have one!)
Would You Travel With Wheels Or Wings Or Perhaps Choose One Of These Other Things? -
My Oldest daughter likes this section as it;s beautifully laid out with a river which has every seaworthy vessel such as rowboats, rafts, rubber rings, pedaloes, fishing boats, cruise liners, pirate ships and yachts.
At Th side of the river is a path with camels, horses, race karts, escalators, bikes and scooters and a rather fabulous pink cadillac ( yes I choose that one!)
over the river is a bridge with a double decker bus, cars, motor bikes, tractors, yellow cabs, limos and a rather fine roman chariot.
Above you have airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, rockets, hand glider, blimps and a witch on a broom.
When You Got Hungry What Would You Eat? -
Pick all you favorites from jelly and ice scream, bangers and mash, a whole roast hog, fruit , pies, fish burgers and chips. basically every food from every corner of the world and even a witch's cauldron with spiders and worms (My husband tells the children that's what I eat, cheek!)
What Would You Wear? -
This is a fabulous one as it teaches children about how different people dress and different ages as you have everything from Shari's, knights costume, medieval dress, kilts and royal robes and they all sit next to things like, flamenco dress, school clothes, bikinis, pyjamas and a fabulous Sergent pepper style military coat.
Chose Some Shoes And A Hat -
My kids love this one and so do I but then my nickname is Imelda!
Your child can chose everything from Dorothy's ruby slippers, gladiator sandals, ballet shoes and 60s platforms ans many more.
Hats for everyone from a witches hats, carmen miranda's fruits, crowns and sombreros and usually head wear like cowboy hats and jester head wear (No, Is that just me then??)
Why Not Get Yourself A pet Or Two Or Three Or More? -
This is a very big garden which is home to every animal from polar bears, tigers, hippos, zebras, dragons and unicorns down to pigs, dogs and cats, hamsters, snakes and a scary looking tarantula.
Is There A Job You Would Like To Do? -
These pages are all square boxes with every occupation from Pilots, sailors, queens, florists, newsreaders, spaceman, judges and teachers down to more unusual jobs such as deep sea divers, superheroes, archaeologists and a magician.
What Would You Like To Do For Fun? -
This is a great section which gets children's imaginations going and gets them interested in hobbies with things like, rock climbing, bungee jumping, painting, dancing, judo and many more to get your child's interest.
Last Page, When You Got Tired And Felt Like A Snooze, Where Would You Sleep, You Choose? -
This is a lovely page to end on if you are reading it at night, you can choose beds from a chaise lounge, santa's sleigh bed, bunk beds, a box of matches and a shoe! and also four posters and a lovely childs bed which is the bed most children have.
The is also a coffin with Dracula popping out!.
===== Things To Do With The Book ======
The best thing about this book is that it's your child's imagination that drives the story along and it encourages the child to make decisions and gives them a feeling of control.
I read this to my daughters who are aged, 4, 6 and 8 and they can all get involved and sometimes we take turn as to who holds and reads the titles, this is great for having some quality time together and I love to see the differences in the decisions that they make confirming my knowledge that they are all beautifully individual.
The book teaches younger children hand and eye coordination as I often pick something for my youngest to find, I did this when she was a little younger and my friend uses this with her two year old.
It teaches them speech as the learn all the different words for all the items in the pictures, my daughter had a slight speech problem and the book was fantastic for that.
Books like this free a child imagination and allows to have free reign over their choices.
One things we love to do is when my children have picked all their things from the book we then all draw pictures with the items, it makes for a great game as we compare the pictures of a lighthouse in the dessert with a pink space ship parked next to it!.
We also often play games with book where we have to see how many wheels are on the page, how many red things there are, how many animals with four legs. There really is so many ways to use this book and the only limit is your imagination!.
====== In Conclusion ======
This is one of the best children's books we have ever had, there are some many ways to use the book so your child never gets bored as there is always a new way to read it.
All my children love this book and we have spent many happy hours reading, playing and drawing all down to this book.
I think that it is also a great way to start children reading especially if they do not seem keen on reading as this allows them to make the story up and puts them and their imagination in charge.
Summary: A Great Book To Show Your Children The Joy Of Books And Reading
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