Monday, 11 August 2014

Good books: The High Street by Alice Melvin

'Sally's in the High Street and this is what she needs…' 

The opening line in this gorgeously illustrated book. We've had it on loan from the library for almost a month now and I think I've read it three or four times a day, sometimes more, to our little girl. Each time getting a little more out of it. 

Sally has a list of things to buy from ten different shops on the High Street. An eclectic mix which makes the story rather interesting and enchanting. She visits a bakery, hardware and antique shop to name a few. Starting off around midday and we follow her through until the shops begin to close at the end of the day.

On the left hand side of the page there are four lines full of rhythm, rhyme and alliteration. Our little girl just loves it. The language is rich and has had me reach for the dictionary! Cacophony? This is the word used to describe why Sally is blocking her ears before she ventures into the Pet Shop. We know Sally's shopping list by heart now and delight in taking greater interest in the details of the shop windows and interiors. On the right hand side is a shop front with Sally outside before she enters, the page opens to see Sally in the shop engaging with the shop owner, which we know by name, looking around the shop or trying on something from her list.

We've all been sick with this crazy flu that's going around and our little girl was so sick and unusually sleepy (she gave up day sleeps a looooonnnng time ago) one day when at her worst, I encouraged her to have a sleep, her little body limp with fatigue and malaise
"I just want to read Mama" I later went in to her room and found her curled up in her bed with The High Street under her head. 

This is a attractive and inviting book that any little girl would love to read and re-read and re-read again. Yes, its on our book order list :)

WIll Sally get everything on her list?

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this post - rhythm and rhyme in a book are great for all the readers!
    Keep up the good work :) :)


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