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Lily Gets Lost by Jane Simmons

Lily Gets Lost: Jane Simmons (Orchard Books, 2012)

Lily Gets Lost: Jane Simmons (Orchard Books, 2012)

You can’t go far wrong with Jane Simmons for beautifully illustrated gentle books for toddlers (and older) and Lily Gets Lost is no exception. In this story Lily, an inquisitive little lamb, hears a noise and goes off to investigate. Then she hears more noises, and investigates some more. Before long she’s lost but a kind mother pig helps her find her way home.

There are so many things to love about this story. Lily is inquisitive and brave. Yes, it gets her into a spot of bother but actually she’s in no danger. Enforcing the ‘stay in sight of your parent’ is a good lesson alongside this book. Encouraging investigation and questioning is an even better lesson in my opinion!

Lily hears lots of animal sounds, so the book teaches (or reinforces) animal sounds to very young children, and encourages listening to the sounds around to older children. At the end, Lily has to listen very carefully to hear her mother and find her way home. Learning to be quiet and listen to all the sounds around you is an extremely important skill.

Then, of course, there is the beautiful soft, pastel art that make all the animals jump out of the page and into your lap as you read the story. Lily is a lovely character (and a female animal star, something that is surprisingly rare) and one I hope to see more of in the future.

Perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and lovely to read aloud, we all enjoyed Lily and her adventure in the Chaos house!

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Lily Gets Lost by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

Come On, Daisy by Jane Simmons

Come On, Daisy: Jane Simmons (Orchard Books, 1998)

Come On, Daisy!: Jane Simmons (Orchard Books, 1998)

This is a fifteenth anniversary re-issue, and therefore completely new to me! Fifteen years ago I was… Um… I was 22, not quite two years out of university and just about to leave home and move into a rented bedsit. It was not a time when I took much interest in picture books!

Daisy is a curious little duckling who is more interested in investigating the world around her than listening to her mother’s calls of “Come on!” It’s an all-too familiar scenario for any parent of small children. Come on; Keep moving; Keep Close; Don’t stray… We constantly tell these things to our children, knowing that we have to get somewhere, knowing that we want to keep them safe. But children need to explore and discover, and learn danger. I’d rather they learnt danger from Daisy’s worries than in real life, but I think this book also has a message for parents too: allow time for exploring. I think Mamma Duck has slowed down a little at the end so Daisy can look at the butterflies while staying close, and Daisy has learnt that she needs to listen to Mamma Duck too.

A lovely message in a beautifully illustrated book. Suitable for toddlers and up, we’ve all enjoyed this story in the Chaos household. It’s no wonder it’s been popular for fifteen years, here’s to the next fifteen and beyond.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Come On, Daisy! by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.