Monday, 26 March 2012

What the Ladybird Heard: Review

What did the ladybird hear?!
Title: What the Ladybird Heard
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Year: First published 2009/ This edition 2010
Found: Borrowed from library

What's It All About?!
The farm is a very noisy place, each animal has their own sound but the ladybird says nothing at all. One night, the ladybird hears something. Something very important indeed. She overhears two robbers plotting to steal the farmers prize cow and it's down to ladybird to whisper a plan into each animal's ear...
I don't know how this has happened, but this is the first time that I have read this story. Even as a nursery nurse, and with a copy probably within reach, I haven't picked it up! But I would definitely recommend this to fellow parents/child care professionals. Reading it to OJ was a pleasure.

This is a delightfully funny story; told through rhyme that we have come to expect and love of Julia Donaldson (Gruffalo, Gruffalo's child, Monkey Puzzle, etc).

The illustrations are bold and colourful and we enjoyed finding the glittery ladybird on each page. OJ especially liked the texture.
The rhyme and pictures really assisted in helping to maintain OJ's attention; and there was plenty for us to look at and discuss.

I thought it was clever how the story was put together and how the robbers (Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len) were tricked by the animals and how the would-be thieves ended up in the pond... and police car!

I really like how the story shows that being quiet and listening is as important as being loud and heard.

Loved joining in with all the animal noises and especially liked the appearance of the police car... "NEENAH-NEENAAAAAAH!"

Book worm rating:
out of 5! (It's a winner!)

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