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Apr 11 2017

Maisy goes to the bookshop by Lucy Cousins

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Maisy's first experiences series. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406369847
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Bookshops. Books. In the series, Maisy's first experiences, which includes stories of Maisy as she goes camping, or visits the library or goes to a hospital, the wonderful Maisy is put into situations which may be new to some readers, showing them what to expect and helping to diffuse any concerns they may have.
In this book, Maisy is off to a bookshop for the first time.
Once inside she sees rows of shelves with books and finds it difficult to select just one. She looks at several before making up her mind. Ostrich the book shop owner shows her his favourite book, one about birds, then she spies her friends, Charlie, Cyril and Eddie. Each has their own favourite and can imagine themselves in the story. They then go to the cafe for a treat, and Maisy pays Ostrich for her book, receiving a receipt. On leaving the bookshop Maisy catches the bus to her friend's house to give her the newly purchased book as a present, and they read it over and over again, as well as out loud.
A charming book with Cousins' very familiar black outlined images of Maisy and her friends, the tale introduces younger readers to the delight of books and using their imaginations to be part of the story. Words relevant to visiting a bookshop are used, introducing the reader to specific words used for book buying and reading. A wonderful introduction for younger readers.
Fran Knight

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