Early One Morning
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Early one morning a little boy wakes up with a particular thing on his mind for breakfast, and so he sets off in search of it. What follows is his quest as he travels around all the familiar objects and animals found on a farm until at last he has success.
If anyone knows what is needed to create a story that will engage the hearts and minds of our youngest readers and ensure they fall in love with the written word, then it is Mem Fox. Here, she has taken a very ordinary, everyday concept combined it with a very familiar character and using just the right amount of carefully chosen text she has crafted a story that will most definitely become a favourite. The illustrations are perfect, not only helping to make the text predictable so the reader feels empowered but the little chook following the boy adds humour as well as the clue to his search. As the little chap visits the truck and the tractor and the sheep and the ponies, he doesn’t see he is being followed and little ones will be shouting, “Look behind you!” much like they do the villain in the pantomime, while at the same time I hear the music to this version of Rosie’s Walk! Two for the price of one! Chooks in books – always a winning combo.
As well, it opens up the opportunity to investigate where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates. Lots of learning all round.