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Doing the Washing [Hardcover]

Sarah Garland
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19 Mar 2009
Sarah Garland's classic series of pre-school books look at every aspect of busy, noisy, muddly family life.

In Doing the Washing we join the family as they load up the washing machine, hang up the wet clothes and enjoy a well-earned story and cup of tea when all the work is done.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (19 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184507727X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much to wonder in the everyday lives of children, which is captured wonderfully by Sarah Garland. Well illustrated and represents very real families in their busy noisy, muddled but lovelable and endearing lives. The simple sentences and familiar phrases correlate directly with the text making them ideal reading for emergent readers. (EYE)

About the Author

SARAH GARLAND is a much-loved author and illustrator who has published more than 50 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. Her books for Frances Lincoln include the favourite preschool Going and Doing series, the bestselling Eddie series and Azzi in Between, which was winner of the first Little Rebels Book Award in 2013 and was also chosen as an IBBY Honour Book and as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY. Sarah and her husband, the artist David Garland, have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Gloucestershire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely series of books by Sarah Garland 12 Jan 2010
I love this whole series of books which has been republished in this nice hardback edition. My daughter adores reading them with me and we spend ages discussing each picture in all its detail. I am amazed these don't seem to have more reviews so I am spreading the word as these are such high quality and will speak to anyone bringing up kids!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow not the best from the series 17 Jan 2014
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A little too boring for my little ones.The love the other ones but this one was not looked at much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making the most of the mundane 14 Feb 2013
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As with the other titles in Sarah Garland's 'Coming and Going' series for toddlers, 'Doing the Washing' depicts a fairly ordinary scene from family life. It's time to do the washing, so Mum gathers up all the clothes and puts them in the machine. She then hangs them up with the aid/hindrance of children and dog. Then it's time for a drink and a story when the work is done.

As a parent, the thing I love most about Sarah Garland's books are the illustrations - we see a mother who isn't always neatly dressed, who often looks tired and needs frequent cups of tea, but she clearly loves her children and they are shown here working together to get things done. The text in the books is fairly undemanding - it really just describes a sequence of events - but the illustrations give plenty to discuss, and my daughter loves describing what's going on in each picture. Buyers may like to note that Dad does not make an appearance in this book, so the tale may not suit single fathers.

If you're looking for a realistic portrayal of a slice of family life to share with your toddler, then this tale comes highly recommended.

This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Doing the Washing' published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books in 2009.
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Now looking at buying these for our niece - our three daughters loved them! Superbly detailed illustrations render the muddle of the toddler house as a cosy whirl of activity! Guaranteed to make you feel better about your untidy home!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing the washing-Sarah Garland 8 Sep 2007
As a retired reception class teacher I am so pleased to see this series of books still available. I taught many children to read using these books as they could relate to the activities in the stories; it was lovely to find books that were about humans and not about animals! I recommend them unreservedly and am about to introduce my 4 year old grandson to them.
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