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Sep 07 2012

Play school - Jemima Gets Dressed designed by Megan Bond

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ABC Books, 2012. ISBN 978 0 7333 3155 8.
First published as Jemima Plays Dress Ups' this sturdy board book is sure to be a favourite with the under 4 set. Using the song 'Hey there what do you wear?' as an underpinning, this is a fun story to either read or sing along to.
Supported by bright full colour photographs, and supplemented with decorated boarders on each double page spread, this book will visually engage small readers, and the simple repetitive nature of the song itself (in a stripe, stripe, stripey way) make this an easy one to read out loud. Once Jemima is all dressed to play, the rain comes down and the song of the story changes to 'drip drop' and Jemima puts on her raincoat and her hat, to go and jump in the puddles.
The background of the pictures is always the same, which ensures continuity throughout the book. There are a number of stimulus points for discussion within the book, helping to scaffold interaction between the 'reader' and the 'audience' - 'what's Jemima putting on next? You have a spotty shirt too!' At the end of the story there is a chance for the reader to decide what they would like to wear when they go out to play.
A lovely Playschool favourite to read aloud to the little people in your lives.
Freya Lucas

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