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Initial post: 29 Mar 2013 14:51:17 GMT
I am looking for a book of rhymes/rhyming story to encourage early awareness of rhyme and alliteration in pre-schoolers. Intend to give it out as part of a starting school pack; the school will have to buy many copies and so price is a consideration. Originally was looking at traditional nursery rhymes, ideally with CD included, but does anyone have any thoughts/ideas/recommendations?

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 16:15:45 GMT
Chy. Ibekwe says:
hi, It's just a shame this wasn't done for the Gruffalo. this series comes with a cd and so teaches reading as well as rhyme and the cd is just priceless. Also on play. so price varies. There's bound to be alliteration in one of them somewhere but I recommend Little Rabbit foo foo, Handa's surprise or Owl babies. So take a look and take your pick.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 16:17:25 GMT
Chy. Ibekwe says:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Walker story board books)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 17:05:37 GMT
My children liked anything by Giles Andreae, especially Commotion in the Ocean, Rumble in the Jungle and the Pants books. They can still recite some of the rhymes now and the eldest is 15! Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap are also great.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 21:48:19 GMT
Rachel Bee says:
Bo The Amazerling Cow is a great rhyming book. It has some great illustration too and I'm sure if you contacted the seller they would do you a good deal on a bulk buy. Email

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2013 07:45:41 GMT
Rachel Bee says:
Bo The Amazerling Cow is a great rhyming book. It has some great illustration too and I'm sure if you contacted the seller they would do you a good deal on a bulk buy. Email

Posted on 30 Mar 2013 19:49:46 GMT
I think Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaur Rumpus is the best rhyming book ever. This is very much a book to be read aloud though - not for beginning readers.
The Gruffalo would be my next choice. Duck in the Truck is fun too, and more suited to those beginning to read on their own. Finally I know Dr Seuss is now considered outdated but Green Eggs and Ham is absolutley brilliant. I know Dr Seuss books do give some books away for charitible purposes - I'd have a go at writing the publishers all they can do is say no. Green Eggs and Ham is delightful to read aloud, but also very useful for beginning readers.

Finally - I have no idea if amazon would offer a discount or not - but as someone who used to do quite a lot of charitable work - I found a lot of businesses were willing to give discounts, donations etc... No harm in asking for a discount on a bulk order. Those that don't ask don't get.

Good Luck

Posted on 30 Mar 2013 19:52:01 GMT
eleni says:
What about "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" by Lynley Dodd?

Posted on 30 Mar 2013 21:23:10 GMT
Rachel Bee says:
I contacted and they said in the past they have done a 50% discount on a bulk order of books for schools. It's always worth asking! Have fun!

Posted on 31 Mar 2013 10:46:22 BDT
I would advise you that Rachel Bee is the author of Bo The amazing cow - and so the reccomendation is not really an honest one. This is of course in violation of Amazon's rules. Also even with 50% off the book will cost nearly as much as tried and true books like Green Eggs and ham, The Gruffalo, Monkey Tree etc...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2013 12:51:19 BDT
J. A. Davies says:
Hi,you can check out my new story Timothy tickleskin which is a story all in rhyme.hope you like it.cheers.jd

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2013 12:52:15 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2013 22:43:28 BDT
Rachel Bee says:
Dear Broxi,
Thank you for your comment, I am indeed the author of 'Bo The Amazerling Cow'. If you would like a copy of the book for free I will arrange to get the distribution centre to send one to you. All you need to do is email them at and leave your name and address and one will be sent right to you.
Have a lovely day
Rachel Bee

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 07:34:01 BDT
J. A. Davies says:
hi,thanks for the e-mail but i'm not broxi.been a mix up.but happy easter.jd

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 23:48:15 BDT
Agreed that Hairy Macleary is an excellent choice - Going to get that for my Granddaughter. Also like Room on the Broom (by the author of the Gruffalo). This has won awards.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 17:13:37 BDT
Rachel - I would suggest contacting a review site like the book bag if you are looking for reviewers. You send them the book, they post it on aboard for reviewers, and one who finds it interesting gives it a try. You could also post free copies for review on the authors board. My children are ages 4 and 8 and I believe this would be much too young for them. I know they would have no interest in an amazerling cow. I only review books which suit their age range or my particular tastes ( which are very particular).

You should be aware that advertising your own books on this forum is agaisnt the rules, as well being very unfair to people genuinely looking quality books for specific purposes. Thankfully Amazon seems to have recently cancelled some accounts for this, but there are simply too many authors desperate to sell a new book for any discussion to take place if everyone chimes in with buy mine - buy mine.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2013 17:24:34 BDT
J. A. Davies says:
Hi,sorry about that.i,m new to all this so if I,ve broke any rules I,m truly sorry.hope you find the books you wishes.jd

Posted on 3 Apr 2013 18:12:16 BDT
Thanks for all your suggestions. Have been an Early Years teacher for many years and am finding an increasing number of children arriving at school with little awareness of rhyme. Traditional nursery rhymes seem to have passed them by and I am unsure whether to try and encourage parents to go back to these, or whether to go for modern rhyming stories that might have more immediate appeal. I know as a parent many years ago I found the endless playing of nursery rhyme CD's (OK audio tapes - it really was that long ago!) quite mind-numbing and don't want to provide something that parents won't use. Any current parents of pre-schoolers care to comment?

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 22:02:11 BDT
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Posted on 17 Jul 2013 20:55:05 BDT
The Scribe says:
I can recommend Chevalier The Queen's Mouseketeer: The Hither and Yon.

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 11:01:23 BDT
Sarah Mary says:
As a parent I t,e the view that books rather than CDs are far more valuable to children, in terms of both attention and interaction with them to read the book and its content. This way fires their imagination far more and helps them learn to read. I find the Bookstart website useful for rhyming book recommendations that are grouped by age appropriateness too.

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 23:43:21 BDT
Try something brand new like Alice the Hippo, full of rhyming words and encourages children to question the elements of snow, wind and rain x

Posted on 20 Jul 2013 13:49:34 BDT
PanneJ says:
I find the Julia Donaldson books are firm favourites with my Grandson who is just gone 2.
We read everyday and I believe the rhyming storyline adds to the enjoyment.
He now memorises many books I just stop reading and he fills in what comes next.
I am hoping this will lead on to him beginning to read, he is already asking me.
" what does this say"
We also love Bear snores on.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 18:25:37 BDT
Marand says:
That's the one your husband wrote. You should have the decency to declare the connection so that people are not deceived by a seemingly independent recommendation.
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