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Feb 08 2018

Maisy goes to the bookshop by Lucy Cousins

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Walker Books, 2018. ISBN 9781406377071
(Age: 2-5) Recommended. Popular author and illustrator Lucy Cousins first created her Maisy Mouse character in 1990 and her picture books continue to be much loved family favourites. Her bright colours, familiar characters and everyday settings are just right to share with toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Maisy goes to the bookshop is the latest adventure in this popular series. The young mouse enters the shop to discover her friends busy choosing books from the colourful displays and shelves. She enjoys reading a bear book, a noisy truck book, a long fish book, even a book about drawing and painting. Her friends are there to share in the fun; Charley the crocodile imagines he's a pirate, while Eddie the elephant looks at a first aid book; will he be a doctor or a firefighter? After story time with Ostrich the shopkeeper, Maisie and her friends enjoy cupcakes from the cafe. After a bus ride home, Maisie is happy to share her new bird book with her pals.
Lucy Cousins' stories with their recognisable formats, simple settings, easy to read text and familiar characters are great resources for teaching narrative to early years students.
Rhyllis Bignell

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