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The Gruffalo's Child Sound Book Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 Sep 2013
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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's creation is further brought to life by the many sounds of the deep, dark wood. Toddlers will love spotting the pictures that tell you which buttons to press and it helps hold their attention right until the end of the story. (Made for Mums)
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Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler books are works of art. The stories are written beautifully, rhyming with a rhythm that sets the pace. This ensures that as an adult I do not get bored reading the same stories over and over again as the more familiar the story becomes the more I can work on my expression and how I deliver giving me almost as joyful an experience as that of my son listening to them. I feel excited when he brings me a book and then we can have a short bonding session over the story before he goes off to play again. The books describe simple everyday scenes and experiences that a child might encounter helping them make sense of the world around them, mixed with magical characters like dragons, witches, Santa etc.
Alex Schefflers artwork is beautiful complements the stories perfectly. The same characters often pop up in different books, whether it be the Gruffalo Child’s stick man in his own story or simply a squirrel and a frog. This helps my son who is fifteen months old develop his own narrative. He does not understand the words I am reading but gets plenty from the rhythm and my intonation whilst building his own story and understanding from the pictures, he is always pointing different characters out to me or finding them when I ask where they are. He loves books and I think that these books enhance a joy of reading and learning. He brings the books to me time and time again.
Like the Gruffalo, the rhythm and pace of this book makes it a joy for me to read over and over again. That way I can keep each retelling fresh and interesting for both me and my son.
Me and my son read this book most evenings before bed- he loves the story of the big bad mouse- and the rhyme that the story tells is fun for him- and also easy for him to remember- I'm always hearing him playing gruffalos child with his toys.
A fun story for both child and parent!
The 'Board book' format is brilliant, as they're pretty hard-wearing, but little ones can easily turn the pages without the crumpling or tearing that inevitably happens with paperback formats in the early years.
The story is great and one that you won't mind hearing again and again. Which is lucky, as I can guarantee to you - you WILL be hearing it again and again. And again. And again.
I cannot recommend this highly enough to all parents as a book to capture the imagination of your child and show them the glory of reading.
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