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Feb 23 2017

Me and you by Deborah Kelly and Karen Blair

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Penguin Viking, 2017. ISBN 9780670079247
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Family. Self awareness. With soft pastel illustrations full of warmth and humour, the family goes about its everyday events, each offering interaction between family members all done with lots of wit and love. The arty-crafty days sees Dad sit with the kids on the floor, having fun with paint and glue, while the next page shows the result of their glueing, a pirate costume. Yummy-scrummy days sees them in the kitchen with Mum, and pedal-pushing days sees them riding their bikes to the park, where more adventure happens. On sandy-sandwich days they are all at the beach, slippery-slidy days at the playground, grubby-garden days outdoors with the grandparents, leading through the days to stretchy-yawny days where all the family wants is to relax and read a book.
In funny rhyming stanzas the activities are shown with a lot of movement and adventure.
All types of activities involving the family are offered, things kids will easily recognise, others needing more explanation. Each page underlines the family doing things together, the warmth that a family offers, the closeness that comes with being together. Reading aloud will add fun to the activity of the book.
Fran Knight

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