THE TALE OF CITY SUE: TALES FROM THE MEADOW by JEANNE WILLIS (with illustrations by DERMOT FLYNN}.
BACK COVER BLURB/FIRST VERSE: Down on Fairy Meadow
On Finn O'Lairy's Farm,
There lived a little dairy herd
Full of Irish charm.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Contains slight spoiler, please scroll over text to hi-light): She joined a game of Swing Ball
Played Hide and Seek and Catch,
Went skinny-dipping in the pond
And won a tennis match.
SOURCE: Free with the Guardian newspaper. (Click here to read about what inspired the author and here to see The Tale Of City Sue ... In Pictures)
MY THOUGHTS: Inspired by the family-run Irish farms The Tale Of City Sue is all about what happens to a group of cows happily living life in a meadow until the arrival of, yeah, you guessed, City Sue.
Published by Kerrygold, I expected this to be little more than a plug for their products so was delighted to find this charming and fun, wonderfully illustrated story written in verse.
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THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO CRIED WOLF by SIMON PUTTOCK & NICOLA SLATER.
BACK COVER BLURB: Help!
I am a little old lady
and there is a
wolf in my house!
One little old lady, a van full of zookeepers, police, firefighters and a host of big, hairy mystery guests come together with riotous consequences in this fun-packed tale of a cautionary tale.
FIRST SENTENCE: Once upon a time there was a little old lady who had lots of things to play with, like a jacuzzi ...
MEMORABLE MOMENT: "Where's the wolf?" asked the fire chief.
"Well," said the little old lady, "he's just nipped out to play bingo. But you can come in for a game of cards if you like."
SOURCE: Charity shop buy.
MY THOUGHTS: A wonderful book packed with humorous illustrations but what I really liked about this book was the scope for discussion that it prompted.
Ideal for story time at home but equally perfect for the classroom. This has already become a firm favourite with both myself and Little Plum (aged four and a half).