Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hooray for Hoppy! by Tim Hopgood

Hooray for Hoppy!Hooray for Hoppy! by Tim Hopgood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An engaging book about springtime and the senses from the Booktrust award-winning illustrator ofWOW! Said The Owl, a first book of colours, and TIP TAP Went The Crab, a first book of counting.

When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things! But after he's sniffed the fresh air, listened to the singing birds and tasted the fresh green grass, he starts to feel a little lonely. And so he finds a way to wake up his friends so they can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring all together.

Hooray for Hoppy by Tim Hopgood is a bold and beautiful introduction to the senses includes an activity spread to help children learn all about the way they can use their senses to interact with the world around them, whilst the stunning artwork has a retro charm that will appeal to all ages.

This story is about a little bunny called Hoppy, he is waiting for spring and he can't understand why it isn't yet. Every morning he looks out of his hole, hoping that today maybe the day, after a few days he doesn't know what is happening, until one day he thinks spring may have actually arrived and goes on a hunt to check.

This is a cute little story that covers the 5 senses through beautiful illustration and language. This takes the audience on a journey into spring and when is is sure it finally has arrived and cannot understand where every one else is, decides he needs to do something about it.

The children I read this too were a group of 6 and 7 year olds, they really enjoyed this even though they are very secure with their senses. They did enjoys discussing elements of spring and how they knew it had arrived. At the end of the story the book recaps the senses, as a teacher I enjoyed using this as reflection and comprehension for the children. We then referred back to the text to find the answers and use the pictures to aid their answers.

I think this book would be great for introducing spring and the senses to younger children, I would also be interested in discovering this author to see if they have done the other seasons through a book. I also liked this book as the language within it would be suitable for a younger reader to attempt on their own, this has been a great addition to the classroom book corner.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

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