a whale of a counting ride!

a whale of a counting ride!

Counting is fun. Counting backwards is even more fun. Counting funny animals backwards — best! In this totally charming book, animals line up roughly by size—and there’s a bossy seagull who keeps them all in line while they wait. The animals make cheeky jokes, push and shove each other and play a game of animal Word Chain. It’s all lots of fun and things build to a surprising and funny climax.

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maths and family dinners, a winning combination

maths and family dinners, a winning combination

ages 2 to 8 years
Our Easter this year (as every year) is choc-full of family feasts – we have three big feasting occasions over the four days - and all the busyness of making shopping lists and planning reminded me of this great mathematical story. It’s all about Mr & Mrs Comfort who decide to host a family dinner.

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a lovely bedding-down story for the end of the day

a lovely bedding-down story for the end of the day

ages newborn to early childhood
In our house at least, Big Red Barn is a bedtime book. It’s the softly told story of farm animals bedding down for the night ... lovely, calming and reassuring. And elevating.

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THE TIME IT TOOK TOM :: how long does it take to paint a room?

THE TIME IT TOOK TOM :: how long does it take to paint a room?

Age guide: 2 to 8 years ish
This is a simple story about different points of view, forgiveness, mistakes, work and overcoming. Also, it’s funny!

Tom is a little fellow who finds some red paint – then, in the space of just three hours, paints his entire living room red. Including the TV and the cat! He’s quite pleased with the result. 

Mum is not, but after a few wild exclamations she gets it together and they undertake a complete revamp of the living room – and finally everyone is happy with the result. Years pass, then one day Tom finds the blue paint.

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A NICE WALK IN THE JUNGLE :: vindication for every child who has been ignored!

A NICE WALK IN THE JUNGLE :: vindication for every child who has been ignored!

Age guide: 2 to 8 years & grown-up
With the friendliest looking boa constrictor ever greedily gobbling children on a nature walk with their teacher (it’s pink and green instead of the usual yellow and green or brown) – this is a joyful and funny book. It’s especially funny if you could possibly be one of the people the book is inscribed to: ‘all absent-minded parents and enthusiastic teachers’. 

Which I imagine covers most adults at one time or another.

This is the story of a school nature walk gone horribly wrong, then most satisfyingly redeemed. 

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COUNT-A-SAURUS :: a simple and short counting book

COUNT-A-SAURUS :: a simple and short counting book

Age guide: baby to early childhood
Perfect for young dinosaur lovers. There does seem to come a time in every child's life when dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating. This is a simple and short counting book - "One Stegosaurus standing in the sun. Two Compsognathus always on the run." - and so on.

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