Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books – book review

[3 years +] Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books by Frances Watts and David Legge

**winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award 2008**

Yes, this was a great find at the library!  Particularly in time for Book Week.

As the title suggests, this book is all about books!  It teaches your child about every aspect of a book.. Just take a look.

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Parsley Rabbit introduces all the book terms you can think of, from ‘author’ to ‘end pages’ and all in an exciting book, complete with flaps, a dinosaur head which had Master 3 intrigued (you’ll have to see it to see what I mean!) and clever ways to engage a child about something as dry as specifics about books!

Seek this out at your library today!

Libraries are there to be joined!

One proud owner of a (pretty cool) kid's library card

One proud owner of a (pretty cool) kid’s library card

Have you looked into all the library has to offer…?

The library is a wonderful place full of free books AND so much more!  Have you joined yet, at least for books for your children?

The best things to get started are to:

  • Join at the library and get yourself (or your child) a card
  • Look at their website and get familiar with the online catalogue and reserving books online
  • Sign up to a newsletter or join the library on facebook so you can hear about all the great events and courses they run
  • Checkout the kids’ activities they run – story telling, nursery rhymes, kids craft, teddy bears picnics, baby sign, you name it!!
  • Look out for toy libraries linked with the library

Making the most of going to the library

Get your child involved from the beginning, encouraging them to look for books they like, ones they have read before and also new ones.

Talk about ‘authors’ and ‘illustrators’ and comment on those that have written/illustrated other books you have enjoyed.  Comment on the letter in the top corner which tells us where they are kept at the library.  Encourage your child to go and look for other books by a favourite author – ‘remember to look for A for Pamela Allen!’.

Get your child involved in returning and borrowing the books to feel a part of the process.  Having their own card can be quite exciting too!

Comment on the different areas of the library and what is happening, for example, ‘look that’s for the older kids’, ‘they are the computers to find out where a book is kept’, ‘that is a librarian, they work here’.

Attend storytelling and other activities to show your child what else the library is about.

Get your child to ‘round up’ the books when it’s time to return them to the library and discuss taking them back for other kids to enjoy too, but to find new and other favourites as well!

Take note of the really-loved favourites and reserve them from time to time online.  That way, you can build excitement, telling your children that you have requested the book and it will be waiting there especially for them very soon.

Show your children that you like to find books on your interests also, even if it’s magazines!

Can you stomach Spot?

[9mths +] Ahhhh Spot, you can drive me to drink, BUT you do provide some valuable moments to teach language! If you have any Spot books on your shelf, here are some good reasons to use them:
– they have flaps-this will get a young or anti-books child interested a bit more
– the pictures include many everyday objects for you to point and name (it’s not always easy to find books that have this, short of the single picture baby books)
– it is based around everyday activities your little one is bound to know or will soon experience
– it is easy to re tell the story in words your little one understands and avoid the bigger words in the story (eg ‘spoil’, ‘overboard’)
– you can always use the story to extend your child’s vocab when they are ready
– seeing the same characters in the next book will entice your little one a bit more

Note: to begin with, I first defined the word ‘dog’ by only using this word in place of the dog names, then started saying ‘dog, Spot’, ‘daddy dog’, to introduce the names.
And by the time your child is 2.5/3 yrs, there are MUCH better books to be pulling off the shelf!

Spot, Spot, Spot

Spot, Spot, Spot