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Oliver and I had a visit to our local library today. I don’t normally get him out of the buggy but today I noticed something new in amongst the book shelves, there was a new lovely alphabet rug on the floor right in front of the children’s section and on the rug was a lovely small wooden table with a few toys on it. As I let Oliver loose he ran straight over to the table, grinning and giggling and started to play with they toys. He spun the letter blocks around on the alphabet table, he picked up the phone and he pushed along the cars. Once I managed to pry him away from the toys we chose a story book, one suitable for Oliver, a hard back cardboard one about a teddy bear going on a picnic. It was hard to get him back into the buggy and he would only sit still if I gave Jim the book to hold.

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Last Call For Munchtime Entries!

Calling All Story Tellers!

“Once upon a Munch Time, There Was A Cow Called Munch……”

You may remember I blogged about the Munch Time story telling competition back in March when it first opened well The competition is nearing the end (4th June) and I dont want any of you guys to miss out on such a brilliant opportunity!

Budding children’s authors have just one week left to enter the annual Munch Time story writing competition. Run by Munch Bunch yoghurts, the competition is open to all adults with a passion for story telling; and it would appear there are many out there. A recent survey by Munch Bunch revealed 62% of parents enjoy making up stories for their little ones. If you’re one, then just write a short story (600-800 words) that would appeal to young children – and features Munch the Cow, the opening line should be “Once upon a munch time, there was a cow called Munch”. Let your imagination run wild and be as creative as you can just make sure that the story is suitable for children aged between two and five years old. This competition is the perfect platform for creative parents who want an outlet for their talents, this is the fourth year of the competition which has already received hundreds of entries.

Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson, who has been involved with ‘Munch Time’ for the last three years says: “2012 is a special year, with some once in a lifetime events taking place – why not use the Jubilee or Olympics as your creative inspiration and to introduce and explain to young children these exciting events?”

First Prize: £1000 cash prize and your winning story to be published onto the Munch Time website and official Facebook page and made into a downloadable book.

Runners up: £500 cash prize and your story to be published on to the Munch Time website and official Facebook page

Take a look here for some writing tips from last years winner Emma Furniss

To find out more and to enter visit www.munchtime.co.uk – but hurry the closing date is Monday 4thJune!

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Moca-Do-Poo Bird Book Review

I am always encouraging my boys to read books.
Jak is very good at reading and when he enjoys a book, wether it be a fact or fiction, he doesn’t put it down until he’s finished it.
Joseph, being 4 years old is learning how to read. He understands that he has to sound out the letters and blend them together to be able to read the word.

So when I had the chance to review a children’s book, I jumped at it.

The book is called Moca-Do-Poo Bird written by Alisdair Adie.
The book is a children’s story for ages 3-6.
It is a charming tale of brother and sister, Sam and Daisy, while visiting their nan they are bored, she tells them about the talking Moca-Do-Poo Bird that lives at the bottom her garden, so off they go in search for him.
Once They find the bird they quickly realise that they are lost so the Moca-Do-Poo Bird leads them back to their Nan’s house via the homestream which is a wonderful, magical hidden place where all the animals can talk, here they embark on an adventure to find a new task for the Moca-Do-Poo Bird because every animal living in the Homestream needs one. Along the way they meet the birds animal friends, frogs, ducks, and mice who all need his help.

The story is charming, funny, adventurous, creative, it teaches children about friendship and being helpful.
The illustrations are bright, colourful and funny.

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Joseph really enjoyed it when the Bird shouted
‘Moca-Do-Poo Moca-Do-Poooooo’ as it made him laugh and he liked to join in with the bird by shouting along with him.
I liked how it challenged Jak with his expression of speech when reading the book aloud as the bird had a lisp and he took delight in doing this.
They found it to be sad when they found out about the Moca-do-poo not having any family and genuinely felt sorry for him but quickly realised that his friends were his family.

It was a delightful book to read to the children and the story had them asking questions and guessing all the way through. They thoroughly enjoyed the story and have talked about it non stop.

Today they have been to the bottom of our garden looking for the Moca-Do-Poo Bird and hoping that they will find a magical land. The book taught my children about the land of make believe, where anything is possible. The story is great bedtime read and would leave happy thoughts for your children to have wondrous imaginative dreams.

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You can find more information about this book here

You can also find the author on twitter @Mocadopoo

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There’s a house inside my Mommy

There’s a house inside my mommy
By Giles Andreae

While pregnant with my youngest boy last year, I heard about a children’s story book called ‘There’s a house inside my mommy’ by Giles Andreae.
I thought it would be a great idea to read the book to my little boy who was 2 at the time, so he could understand what was happening to his mummy’s tummy and what we would be going through as a family, having a new baby, without going into details.

The book explains why mummy’s belly is getting bigger, sickness and talks about mummy’s cravings.
The illustrations are bright and eye catching.
The story is humorous and in simple rhyming text.
Its definitely a story to make you smile.

“There’s a house inside my mommy
Where my little brother grows
Or maybe it’s my little sister
No one really knows”

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My little boy loved it and even though his little brother is now born he still likes to listen to it.

I recommend reading this book to any expectant brothers or sisters.

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