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What the Ladybird Heard

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What the Ladybird Heard is a repetitive story with rhyming words and alteration which encourage children to join in.

What the Ladybird Heard Series by Julia Donaldson - Goodreads

I really enjoy writing verse, even though it can be fiendishly difficult. I used to memorise poems as a child and it means a lot to me when parents tell me their child can recite one of my books. In this story we meet a very quiet but clever ladybird. The story is set on a farm where the ladybird lives with the rest of her farmyard friends. On overhearing two robbers plotting to steal the farmer’s prize cow, the ladybird comes up with a clever plan to stop them. The main thing I love about this book is it's use of rhyme. It means that the book has a certain rhythm to it that allows it to flow really nicely. Because of this, it would be a great book to use for reading aloud or a shared reading session. The use of onomatopoeia is really good because it makes the book for accessible. Some children may not be great readers, but the use of the onomatopoeia means that those children can still be part of the reading and can enjoy the story even though they can't read it very well themselves.It is also really great to introduce rhyme and patterns into a book, There is a nice repetitive structure to the book with a good natural flow, making it easy for children to follow and spot the patterns and rhymes. Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows! One of my television songs, A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published. Most children love acting and it’s a tremendous way to improve their reading.

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson - Pan Macmillan

Daily Telegraph What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson has all her characteristic sense of fun and performance . . . every picture book by her is a treat. The fact that the main hero of this story is a small little ladybird that never speaks it really lovely. To me it sends the message that even if you are quiet or shy, you can still save the day and be important.

The animals on the farm are always making noise, all apart from the ladybird. When the farm is under threat from thieves, the ladybird - the quietest animal on the farm - overhears the robbers' devising their plan. In turn she then devises her own cunning plan to foil their attempt. What ensues is amusing and uplifting! What The Lady Bird Heard is a great book. The story is about a ladybird coming up with a plan to save the farm. The illustrations of the ladybird telling the animals plan is clever because the illustrator has lined up the animals and created a trail to each animal’s ear to show the reader that the ladybird is telling each animal the plan and their role in the plan.

What the Ladybird Heard books - Pan Macmillan A guide to the What the Ladybird Heard books - Pan Macmillan

We love this book, my son because he enjoys finding all of the ladybirds and for the funny (spoiler alert) splosh ending and I love it because it is easy to read aloud and is a great story! my little girl loves this book. we read it nearly every night before bed - she likes to join in with reading the story. her favourite line is "be carefull not to wake the dog". Enjoyable animal sounds for my toddler. A source of intrigue for my pre-schooler who joined in with the whispering parts and was fascinated by each of the characters in this story.my son had this book for christmas he loves it i read it to him and i have to push the buttons at the moment as he is only 5 months old but he listens to the book from start to finish a good buy i would recommend buying it to share with your child.

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