What I Like!
Written by Gervase Phinn
Part of the Poetry S. Series
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This engaging first poetry book is absolutely the best one for the very very young. It celebrates all those things closest to a young child’s heart from food and family to animals and play. Gervase Phinn has written a corker and the illustrations by Jane Eccles complement the words so well.
What I Like! by Gervase Phinn
This entertaining volume of verse for the very young is the perfect introduction to poetry. Ages 4+ years.
-Leaf Clover made my reviewer giggle. When bending down to pick clover, father is butted by a goat and ends up falling flat on his face. Little Miss Mabel drew the response, 'The picture of the snake who swallowed her plate is funny, and I like it because the boy is watching at the door.
't particularly noticed the boy, but now saw him clasping his hand over his mouth as he beholds the strangest of sights. I observed my reviewer taking a few seconds to study the picture for the inappropriately-named poem One to Ten. 'The person who did the pictures actually counted the number of foxes - there are 34 of them - look, 34 foxes in a den.'
- The Grand Old Duke of Kent or Mary, Mary Quite Contrary - until you or the child are suddenly brought up short by the surprise of a suddenly anarchically different last line. Would a child be upset by this or just enjoy the difference? The poems are about what is closest to a young child's heart: animals, food, activities and most of all fun. The book is clearly and attractively illustrated by Jane Eccles. It is an excellent supporting text for the Foundation Stage and KS1 in England and Wales, and for the Early Intervention Schemes in Scotland aimed at raising literacy and numeracy in the first two years of the primary school. School Librarian, vol.533 no 2 All his years of experience in working with children mean that Gervase Phinn knows exactly what will appeal to his audience. Couple that with his love of English and his awareness of how vital it is for all children to develop a love of language, and you have a set of poems guaranteed to appeal. I love the way he has taken some well known poems and given them a very unusual twist - I can really imagine sharing 'On Old MacDonald's Mixed Up Farm
- very clever. All sorts of topics familiar to children are tackled; some poems have plenty of repetition so young readers will learn them quickly; others are longer. Lovely illustrations by Jane Eccles complement the poems wonderfully. A super book to help little ones get into the world of poetry at home or at school. Parents In Touch
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Interest Age: From 2 To 6
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Child's Play International Ltd
30th August 2004
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