At the beginning of the year, I brought home a catalog for this year KidsFest and asked the boy to choose the shows he wanted to watch. I thought he would choose “We Are Going on a Bear Hunt” which is a story he is familiar with. However, he “studied” the posters and told me he wanted to watch “What the ladybird heard”.
Although we have read a few of Julia Donaldson book, we have never read this book before. But since the boy insisted, we went along. And we were glad that the boy made a terrific choice. The show was really good as they make “everyday things” into the farm animals. Both the kids enjoyed the show so much that they kept singing the songs from the play after that. I manage to find a promo video of the show on Youtube.
Last week when we visited the library, we finally manage to get our hands on one copy!
The story talks about a farm that has a hen, a goose, a duck, a horse, a hog, a sheep, a dog, two cats, a fine prize cow and a ladybird that says never a word. One day two men decides to come and steal the fine prize cow. The ladybird overheard their plan, and she came out with a brilliant plan to stop the men from stealing the cow.
Here is what we like about the book:
- The kids loves the “sound” the animals make. It helps that the play converted it into a catchy song.
- They also love looking for the ladybird throughout the book. She can be quite difficult to find in some pages.
- I like that the book teaches the sound the animals make (although both my kids are too old for that) and directions, e.g. left, right, round the pond which is what we are teaching Zai (4 y.o) now.
- We also love the bright and colorful drawings. And if you look at the details, you can have some funny discussion with the kids. Like Zai noticed the “poo poo” on the ground which he later observed that the bad men stepped on. We exaggerated that part, and had a fun time doing some pretend play.
On a side note, while in Australia, we kept singing this song when we see the farm animals and its poo poo. One day, Zai decided to change the lyrics to:
“And the cow says ‘poo poo poo’, and the hen says ‘poo poo poo’, ‘poo’ says the goose, ‘poo’ says the duck, ‘poo’ says the horse riding over the mud. ‘Poo’ says the hog, ‘Poo’ says the sheep, ‘Poo’ says the dog who’s falling asleep. One cat ‘poo’ while the other one ‘poo poo’. And the ladybird says… ‘Ha Ha Ha Ha’”.
If you want some fun reading time with your toddler, you can consider reading this book with them. The details of the book are as follows:
- Author: Julia Donaldson
- Illustrator: Lydia Monks
- Call Number: English DON
Have you read this book before? Share with us what are your thoughts on the book. Or you have any other book that you think is suitable for Zai and Loi (2.5 y.o.), share with me here too!
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