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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444796429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444796421
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt which was the winner of the Smarties Book Prize (9780744523232), Michael Rosen's Sad Book (9781406313616) and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry (9781406305500). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997.


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'Why curiosity is the key to life . . . inspiring and entertaining and thrilling. Michael Rosen, poet, broadcaster and former children's laureate, who is so genuinely passionate, so enthusiastic, so in touch with what it is like to be a child . . . has written a book about how to educate kids at home. It's playful and eclectic . . . about telling stories and collecting stones, messing about with the wires in old plugs and recounting Greek myths. (GUARDIAN)

A spirit of enquiry makes learning child's play . . . Nothing ever seems to have come over as boring to Rosen as he roams cheerfully over his childhood memories . . . Science experiments in the bath, singing rounds, days out, quizzes and puzzles are all recruited as practical ways of discovering more about the ideas, knowledge and culture surrounding us but often simply taken for granted. Rosen includes so many ideas for making family life a springboard for further exploration [that] it would be hard for an adult to come away from this engaging study without at least one very good idea for what to do next when there seems nothing else to do (INDEPENDENT)

A truly wonderful book . . . engaging, thoughtful and very, very practical (Early Years Educator)

Offers thought provoking advice to parents in how to broaden the minds of their brood (Press Association)

My favourite book on parenthood . . . A politics that neither takes childhood and parenting seriously nor can have a laugh in the process deserves to inspire nothing much more than apathy and antipathy. Michael Rosen is the polar opposite to such twin barbs, he cares about children, deeply and is richly amusing . . . extraordinarily good (Philosophy Football)

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'Michael Rosen, poet, broadcaster and former children's laureate, who is so genuinely passionate, so enthusiastic, so in touch with what it is like to be a child . . . has written a book about how to educate kids at home' Guardian

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dreamywillow on 12 Sept. 2014
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I adore reading with my two-year old daughter but even during those sleepy bedtime stories, so often involving Peppa Pig or Upsy Daisy, I often find myself rattling into phonics, a voice at the back of my head subconsciously nagging me about those phonics tests she'll one day be facing.
In an age when so much is geared towards our formal education system and when children are so totally immersed in television and technology this book provides a refreshing and timely reminder to just stop for a moment. To stop, then to take a look around, to think, to question and to explore absolutely everything - and to go on this crazy, magical journey hand-in-hand. It's such a ridiculously simple concept and Michael Rosen provides so many pages of perfect inspiration that I suspect once started it will, thankfully, be a very difficult journey from which to return.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss Samantha Grayson on 14 Sept. 2014
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This book is inspirational and fantastic to read. It encourages adults and children to look at the world around them in a fresh light and see the amazing learning opportunities in front of them.
Good Ideas is a book that is useful for all parents, educators and even those without children. A wonderful book from a great author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Laura L Latarche on 8 Dec. 2014
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I do agree with other reviews - it's a bit like a recollection of memories. I expected lots of great ideas to help children learn, but after about halfway, I realised there weren't very many, well certainly not anything a fairly interactive parent wouldn't already do anyhow. I know some people need thing spelling out to them, but u didn't, and had got the message loud and clear quite early on; basically speak to your children at every opportunity/encounter, answer every question, if you don't know the answer look it up, and prompt lots of new questions!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony J. Upton on 17 Oct. 2014
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Great book, bought it for my daughter who is very up on child psychology and even taught her things she didn't consider, excellent book good buy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2014
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This is a lovely book if you are looking for some inspiration and ways to connect with your child/children while you are reading with them at home, or if you want to start reading with your child at home, but don't know how. Rosen offers examples from his own life, both as a child inspired by his parents, and as a parent of children ranging from their twenties down to primary age. He explains how to engage with every day subjects to widen a child's interest and comprehension, how to support them during the times it seems like they are falling out of love with reading, how to be reassured about what your child chooses to read. It is non judgmental, practical help from someone whose job is to enthuse children about reading every day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By westieangel on 5 Oct. 2014
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Well written, really useful book , can't say a bad word about Mr Rosen. Great examples too!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Jones on 10 Oct. 2014
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Great, great book, by one of the best, most loved and importantly most educational authors/poets/story-tellers we are blessed to have. As a parent of two this book is timely, pertinent and extraordinary helpful. Whilst at the same time extremely fun, open and enlightening. This really is a great a book and I cannot recommend it enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Jon Queralt on 30 Sept. 2014
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A superb book, full of wisdom and ideas.
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