Title: Little Bitty Friends
Author: Elizabeth McPike
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for YOung Readers, February, 2016
Themes: spring, small animals, rhyme
Genre: concept picture book
Opening: (first two spreads)
Little bitty steps
marching one, two, three,
Little furry caterpillar,
tickle, tickle, knee.
Sharing strawberries with a wee mouse, stretching up skyward with the buttercups, chatting with chipmunks, this simple rhyming story invites children to join in the charms of spring life amongst the plants and critters around us.
Why I like this book:
This is a gentle rhyming picture book for the very young is a perfect spring pick at home or school or for a library story time. A wonderfully racially diverse group of young children discover the life that is teeming just outside their doors. Furry caterpillars and an army of marching ants are accessible even for the most urban kids at a park. The children’s enthusiasm is contagious and the “Little bitty” repetition, rhyme and simple rhythm of these couplets will make an engaging repeated read aloud to even to very young. I am glad he included some plants and not just animals.
If you have a baby shower coming up, look no further!
Newborns can be introduced to the wonderful outdoors on a rug on the grass in the sun before the summer sun becomes too intense! I had Gerald Durrell fascination for bugs and critters from a very young age and toddlers can explore at leisure with an adult’s oversight, earth, grass, under stones etc
How about making a bird’s nest from recycled materials, as recommended by Motherntaured.com
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