Wednesday, 17 May 2017

'Rhyming Stories: Pip the Dog and Freddy the Frog' by Axel Scheffler

Another bookish post for you this week. In my mission to get Ezra reading books instead of ruining them, I've started getting down to the library more regularly. Last week we picked up this lovely book:

I love Axel Scheffler's illustrations - well, who doesn't? - and I really enjoy reading rhyming text so this is right up my street. It's also a really good choice for Ezra as the two short stories aren't too overwhelming for him - much as I adore them, he's not ready for the Donaldson/Scheffler stories yet.

Ezra's favourite of the two stories is Pip the Dog. Mainly because he thinks it's funny when I bark like a dog!

I'm happy to make silly noises in stories if it gets the kids engaged, and there are plenty of opportunities to practise my dog impression in this story. I'm still working on the difference between a happy woof and a sad woof, but I don't suppose Ezra's that bothered!

He seems less keen on Freddy the Frog - obviously my croaks aren't as funny as my barks - but it's still a sweet little story. There's no real plot to either story but then little toddlers aren't going to follow one anyway, so it's nice to just enjoy the rhymes and descriptions at this age.

Freddy the Frog is a good one to read with your little one on your knee, as then you can bounce them up and down to join in with the race! As I mentioned in my last post, I'm on the lookout for books that you can do actions to, so this is another fun one!

We've both really enjoyed this book - it's colourful, cheerful and gives opportunities for giggles with funny noises and bouncing about. I spotted another 'Rhyming Stories' book while at the library so think I'll be picking that up next week!

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  1. This sounds lovely! I loved reading all the Donaldson/ Scheffler books with my kids, but we read some books similar to this one too when they were tiny. I always liked doing the funny voices too. I still read to my daughter, but she's 11 now, so there's no need for my funny voices any more!

    1. Ah at least you still get to read to her! I was worrying my days off reading to my 5 year old were nearly over so you comment is very encouraging!

  2. I adore his illustrations, we have lots of his books in our house, this one looks just as entertaining! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Yes we have a lot of his work too, I'm a sucker for Donaldson/Scheduler books but I really like the books he's written himself too. #readwithme

  3. We've not seen these Axel Scheffler ones before, they look very sweet and certainly a great author to introduce your little one to.
    I love your descriptions of how you help your son engage with the story, so simple but so effective :)
    #readwithme #KLTR

    1. Thank you for your comment! I sometimes find it hard to know how to engage very little ones so hopefully someone out there will find my ideas useful!