"This land is dried up!" Munkle said, feeling sad. "Who could be so selfishly mean, to snitch all the water and not keep it clean?"
A fantabulous story with an environmental message, told in the style of Dr Seuss!
We love Munkle Arvur and the Bod and my girls gifted a copy to their Kindergarten as we thought it was such a brilliant book. Our copy gets read regularly and we love the rhyming and the illustrations (as well as the message) so we were very excited to see that Munkle Arvur was having another environmental issue!
Obviously with the dry summers we have been having over the last two years and the constant discussion over the importance of conserving water and using water wisely this book has arrived at the perfect time.
I had thought my Miss Seven would enjoy reading this book to her sisters but actually many of the words were difficult for her "It was frothelled and fizzled. It was coloured and creamed." I love the alliteration but had to explain a lot of words and pronounce them. However alliteration is brilliant for children to learn and it is fun to read funny rhyming stories. This definitely is very funny and my girls giggle away when I read it to them. These books do resemble Dr Suess's style of writing however these are New Zealand made and as such there are references to Pukeko's so you feel some instant familiarity when reading.
We spend a lot of time reading books so this has just become one that I read to the girls however they do love the pictures and Miss Five and Miss Three often will just be sitting by the book shelf looking at the pictures. The story is great but the main attraction for me is that this has a lot of alliteration and rhyming so is a great book to introduce and reinforce those concepts to children.
I would definitely recommend this book and it is a great addition to Munkle Arvur and the Bod. A great book to start a discussion about water conservation as well! A brilliant story and fantastic illustrations.
This book is awesome. My daughter is a bit of an eco-warrior and so she is always thinking deep thoughts about trees, and plants and animals, birds - basically nature in general is her concern and how to preserve it. So any books that I can get for her, that helps her form action plans or just plain work as a call for action on her part are going to be very well received.
I sat down to read this to her last week and she was instantly hooked. Usually if I am reading aloud, she is pottering around her room. She listens and takes it all in, but it's seldom that a book is so good that she will look at it as well. This was one of those books, that had her climbing into my lap. She rested her head on my collar bone as I read aloud. She took in every word, looked with great interest at every picture. The pictures are engaging. The people are quite angular but cartoony. The Bod was scary and looked as evil as he was. The animals are very engaging, especially the fish which she was very focussed on.
Her little sister was enchanted by the words of this book. She is too little to sit quietly for a book, but the rhythm of the words made her stamp her foot and dance a small dance as I read to them. The words themselves are a little hairy. But I love that extra challenge. With a reluctant reader in my lap, part of her issue is that she holds herself as a peer to me. I can read seemingly perfectly which seems to make her feel stupid. Having words for me to trip over and have to sound out a few times allowed me to show her that if it's not a sight word for me I really struggle too.
This book has been very popular. It is getting read every night. And tomorrow it is going to school, because she would like to share it with her class. They are studying forestry and conservation at the moment and she thinks the book is perfect for them to look at together. It's so neat that she wants to share this book with her friends and I think it speaks volumes for the book itself.
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