All Around Me by Shirley Hughes – Book Review

All Around Me by Shirley Hughes – Book Review

All Around Me by Shirley Hughes

All Around Me
A First Book of Childhood

Author – Shirley Hughes
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 64
Released – 7th November 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1406390308
Format – hardcover
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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In this classic collection by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes, Katy and her little brother Olly are having a wonderful time learning about the world around them. From counting in the park with Grandpa, waiting to cross the road with Mum, or even the very noisy sound of Dad vacuuming, there are so many first things to discover on their childhood adventures.

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Author Shirley Hughes has written a book about all the real things that children first experience such as rain, standing, colours, a whole variety of different things. She has put them into a story featuring siblings Katie and baby Olly to create a book that children can enjoy, recognise, and learn from.

All Around Me is split into five different chapters – Opposites, Counting, Colours, Shapes and Sizes and Sounds. The words are kept to a minimal and describe each item which will help a child that is learning to read. It is also written in a rhyme which makes the words flow and easier to work out.

At the beginning of each chapter, there is a short activity for children to complete. Throughout there are colourful illustrations that have a traditional feel to them. Each item has it’s own illustration which perfectly captures what is happening.

The book also teaches young children about life, such as it’s rude to push, when to stop at a crossing, it’s unkind to tease, and plenty more things that they need to learn.

It is so lovely to see a book featuring siblings that obviously love one another and show them just going through life, from fun times to family times and also bedtime. This is an adorable book that would be perfect for a child just starting to learn to read.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Shirley Hughes All Around Me

Shirley Hughes is the illustrator of more than two hundred children’s books and has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She is the author-illustrator of DON’T WANT TO GO! and OLLY AND ME 1 2 3. She lives in London.

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