Thursday, April 16, 2009

Book Review, A Proper Little Lady

This is the light-hearted story of Annabella Jones, who decides to be a proper little lady. She dresses in all her glory, assumes her posh lady voice, and goes for a walk. Alas, despite her precautions, various adventures take their toll on her outfit. In the end, Annabella and Mum decide jeans and t-shirt are best for a proper little lady.

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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  1. This looks cute! Hope you are well!

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  2. Judging by the great video I saw on your blog, you have someone at home who would enjoy this book very much!

    Or did you mean the cool video above? I just think those buskers are amazing.

  3. This book would be perfect for my 3 year old niece, who loves to dress up like a princess! I will definitely seek out this one. Thanks.

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  4. Dressing up is such a fun thing to do. I love to incorporate it into any possible literacy experience!

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  5. Thebookresort20 April, 2009

    She is adorable.

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  6. Yup, Diane, the world needs heroines strong enough to admit they wear navy blue knickers!

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