12 Jun 2015

FOR THE LITTLE ONES: THE TALE OF CITY SUE AND THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO CRIED WOLF.


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. 

(Download the book as a PDF by clicking here.)


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).



11 comments:

Gina R said...

How wonderful! Love the cover and the rhyme filled story sounds like fun. What a great find. :)

Aunt Mary said...

I would love to read the story of the little old lady, it sounds so interesting :)

Tracy Terry said...

I think you'd particularly enjoy The Little Old Lady Gina.

It is a charming read with fun illustrations Aunt Mary and had an important message as well.

Kelly said...

These both sound absolutely delightful! Of course I'm curious about what happens for the cows.

Sherry Ellis said...

Both sound really cute!

Hey, if you think your four and a half year old book lover would enjoy Ten Zany Birds, I'd be happy to send you a copy. Just let me know.

Tracy Terry said...

Thank you Sherry, given how much he and his brother (almost two) loved That Mama Is A Grouch I'll take you up on that offer.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

These look cute. I really like the sound of the Little old lady. :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing - Little Old Lady sounds really adorable. I had never heard of it, but I HAVE heard of the author.

Brian Joseph said...

I downloaded the book. It is is charming and fun. I also really like the artwork.

kimbacaffeinate said...

What fun. I want to read the little old lady.

Literary Feline said...

I especially like the sound of The Little Old Lady Who Cried Wolf. Sounds like so much fun. :-)