Editor's Choice ...

Rhyme picture books are often over looked in favour of story picture books. However, they need their place in any classroom as rhymes can give children great satisfaction which lasts often for years and even sometimes into adult life. Rhymes are generally short with complete meaning that children can easily pick-up. They can be used at any time, anywhere and some may even involve physical participation that facilitates understanding. Well selected rhymes, un-like some of the traditional rhymes, can include useful phrases that are blocks of language easily transferred for re-use in dialogue or written text. If you are not already using rhymes, here are three recently published books that children appear to enjoy.

safariWe all Went on safari
Author:Laurie Krebs
Illustrator: Julia Cairns
Publisher:Barefoot Books
ISBN: 1841484571
Format:
Reading Level:Beginner
School Level:Any
Categories:Rhyming story
James Smith and Billy Newell were strongly drawn by the factual knowledge about Tanzania in this book. 'The book teaches you to count in Swahili,' they report enthusiastically. 'Do you remember reading books in circle time?' ask James and Billy, 'we think this is a book for that sort of thing.'
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Book coverThe Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author:Eric Carle
Illustrator:
Publisher:Hamish Hamilton Ltd
ISBN: 0241003008
Format:, 26
Reading Level:Beginner
School Level:Nursery up to the age of 6 years
Categories:Story

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.

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Book CoverMrs. Wobble the Waitress
Author:Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
Publisher:Puffin Books
ISBN: 0140312390
Format:
Reading Level:Beginner
School Level:Any
Categories:Story

Designed for use at home and in school, it introduces the learner reader to the adventures of a  family who set up a restaurant.
Well written and brilliantly illustrated it is a good book to read to children or for the learner reader. 

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