Jane Newberry, illus. Carolina Rabei
Otter Barry Books
This is a delightful book full of rhymes which are perfect for babies and toddlers. Each rhyme is beautifully illustrated. The writer has included useful ideas for engaging your child playfully with each of the rhymes so as well as our selection of these and additional suggestions do try out the other ideas in the book too. You will soon be adding new ideas of your own to have fun with the rhymes.
Share the story
This is a book to dip into you will develop your own favourite rhymes and as you and your child become familiar with them find yourselves saying them at different times and joining in the actions together.Have fun marching and roaring like a monster as you say the first verse of ‘Monster March!’
Bounce your child on your knee as you read ‘My Camel’ and ‘Hungry Horse.’
Let older children climb on your back for an exciting ‘Brontosaurus Ride.’
Wobble together as you say the ‘Wibble-Wobble Clown.’
Pick your child up and get ready for take off in ‘Moon Rocket.’
‘Fish Tales’ is lovely for bathtime and ‘Big Green Crocodile’, which ends with ‘I lay down beside him and slept until dawn’ is perfect for bedtime.
As well as enjoying the rhymes spend time looking at the lovely illustrations together and talking about them.
Watch Jane Newberry perform the title poem
Things to make and do
Out and About
Look out for bees when you say, ‘Buzzy Bee’ and beetles when you have shared ‘Tickle Beetle.’
Lie on the grass to look at the sky for some ‘Plane Spotting.’
Find a stick to ‘Tap the Tree.’
Bake some cakes together in case ‘The Queen Comes to Tea.’
Play with a toy fish in the bath or a paddling pool when you say, ‘Fish Tales.’
Finger paint some ‘Spots and Stripes.’ or ladybirds for ‘Tickle Beetle.’
A cardboard box can make a great imaginary rocket for ‘Moon Rocket.’
Use percussion instruments or a wooden spoon and a saucepan to beat the rhythm of different rhymes such as ‘Hungry Horse.’