Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Age Group: Under 5

Hattie is a big black hen who lives on the farm. One day in the bushes she sees a nose. "Goodness, gracious me! I can see a nose in the bushes" she exclaims and this is where the story starts.

This is a delightful book written by the beloved Australian children's author Mem Fox. The premise of the book is that Hattie observes a nose in the bushes, she tries to warn her fellow farm yard animals but no one believes her. It has a rhyming, almost lyrical style to it that makes it easy for very young children to follow. The art work is basic but colourful.

If you have a talent for voices this would be great for you. There are lots of different animals that comment through the book and doing them in funny voices I am sure would delight young children. If like me you do not have such a talent, the simple and repetitive dialogue makes it
easy to read aloud. You cant help but fall into a sort of sing song or chanty voice when reading this book aloud.

A wonderful book that would be great for young children learning to read.

1 comment:

  1. I like the look of the bold illustrations. I just might see if I can find this one for my child!