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Things I Like [Hardcover]

Shirley Hughes
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Book Description

8 Oct 2001
The very best stories, rhymes and pictures of Shirley Hughes, gathered together in one beautiful gift book. There is no more popular author or illustrator for the very young than Shirley Hughes and this collection of first rhymes and stories shows her at her very best. Drawn from her much-loved books, The Nursery Collection, Out and About and Let's Join In, Things I Like depicts the activities of toddler Ollie and his older sister Katie throughout the seasons. Enjoy with them the pleasures of hiding and bouncing, playing and helping; of a walk in the park and sunshine at bedtime; of mud, sand, water and snow; of nature, noise and all the colours of the rainbow. A classic celebration of childhood and the things that all young children like, this is a book that will be loved and treasured for generations.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (8 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744581761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744581768
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"Shirley Hughes is one of the all time greats." Susan Hill, Today

About the Author

Shirley Hughes has illustrated over two hundred children's books. Her many awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal for Dogger and also the prestigious Eleanor Farjcon Award for her services to children's literature. In 1999, she was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List. For Walker, she has written and illustrated The Nursery Collection; Out and About (a book of seasonal verse); four Tales of Trotter Street (Angel Mae; The Big Concrete Lorry; The Snow Lady and Wheels); All Join In and the board books Being Together, Playing, Helping and Keeping Busy. She lives in London.

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I spent yet another night last night reading my two and a half year old daughter Georgia the rhymes and stories in this book. The concentration on her face whilst studying the pictures as I read was fascinating.
I too love the pictures and would like to have them hung all over the house, with each rhyme or story accompanying them, as they're too good to be kept closed up inside a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations 14 Aug 2013
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Book needs to be wrapped in something like bubblewrap and not just 2 layers of brown paper as it was dented along the edges.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This being one (Things I Like). 24 Sep 2013
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I especially enjoy sharing writing with young listeners that sets them free. By this I mean pre-poetry. Simply and beautifully told ideas. It's not often expressed or well done. How nice to read aloud a simple observation of a small particle of a day, a walk, a moment. It reminds me of Neruda's Odes to everyday objects; like a salt shaker or soap. Also a quality of Mary Oliver's works for a much more adult sensability. Children dwell in this, but few grown-ups share or notice. Invite yourself to a long lost moment, share it's pleasure with a small friend.
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