Puffin Books, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Mabel and Robert are enjoying walking in the park, collecting things in their paper bag. Leaves, stones, seedpods, berries, flowers and sticks – they all go into the bag. But disaster strikes when it begins to rain and Robert decides to collect the raindrops. The bag disintegrates and their collection falls on the ground! Mabel is despondent but Robert soon cheers her up – he has another way to collect things.
The is a charming book for early childhood readers that turns an ordinary walk into an adventure and will inspire them to do the same. Before the rain, Mabel and Robert just collected things they could pick up and put in their bag, but without the bag they have to use their senses and really start to experience the beauty of the park so this could be the beginning of a sensory walk through the playground. But first they can use their sense of sight to spot the budgie and the mouse hidden in each illustration, helping them to hone in on the detail in the illustrations – an essential early reading skill!
As cheery as its title.
An activity pack is available.