Nette Hilton and Cathy Wilcox worked beautifully together to produce an illustrated story that reminds me of some of A.A.Milne's verse. Who could resist a grin when Annabella Jones pulls on her second-best navy-blue knickers? I believe kids will relish the repetition of the different noises Annabella makes as she swishes and taps around. And any child who has been handicapped by "good" clothes during play will understand the young heroine's predicament.
My copy of A Proper Little Lady is from Angus and Robertson, an imprint of HarperCollins. Judging by the number of re-prints of this picture book since its first publication in 1989, I am not the only one to find this book quite delightful. It would make a great resource for children learning to read because there is lots of repetition in the structure, and detailed picture cues.
As a follow-up activity, kids might like to dress themselves up as proper little ladies. Dolls and teddies can join the fun, and it could lead to a proper little picnic! Reading recipes, and writing invitations and menus would all add literacy value to the picnic.
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