One Two That's My Shoe by Alison Murray
|One Two That's My Shoe by Alison Murray|
|Genre: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A wonderful counting book, continuing the adventures of Grace and her scampish dog Georgie. One Two That's My Shoe tweaks the familiar rhyme and tells a fresh story through its outstanding illustrations. Highly recommended. Alison Murray was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: May 2011|
|External links: Author's website|
We've met Grace and Georgie before, in the excellent Apple Pie ABC. She's the owner of the scampish dog, who then snaffled her apple pie and now is skedaddling with her shoe. As with the earlier book, Alison Murray takes a familiar rhyme (this time One Two Buckle My Shoe), tweaks it slightly, and tells a fresh story through her fantastic illustrations.
All that was said in our review of Apple Pie ABC applies here. The quality is just as high, the characters just as playful and enjoyable, the text as sparse but appropriate, and the illustrations just as much the star of the show. If it was a straight choice between the two books, I'd lean towards the twenty-six letters rather than ten numbers, but they complement each other and are both a superb addition to any bookshelf.
The illustrations bear repeated comment: the style and choice of colours scream of wonderful design. Each page includes the set number of items to count, but they're not hammered home in a way that undermines the scene. As an educational book, One Two That's My Shoe calls upon the reader to draw attention to the counting, but there's plenty of scope for doing so regardless of ability level. The overall quality means that children will enjoy picking it up long after they've mastered counting for themselves.
One Two That's My Shoe may be a deceptively simple book, but you'll love it from your very first glance at it. It's an absolute joy, and we can't wait to see what's next from Grace and Georgie.
Huge thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
For other counting books, take a look at What's in the Fridge? by Gaby Goldsack and Jo Moon, The Newt In The Suit by Andrew Weale and Margaret Chamberlain, The Selfish Crocodile Counting Book by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry and We're Not Sleepy! by Joanne Partis.
Alison Murray was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.
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