The little yellow digger came to help us at our school
It burst a pipe, and water quickly made a muddy pool!
But there are also animals that come to school and play,
and animal's a lovely word beginning with an ...
This book is an all-new rhyming story based on the original series of The Little Yellow Digger books by Betty Gilderdale. Her son Peter Gilderdale has taken her stories as the inspiration for this new lift-the-flap alphabet book, and has used his father Alan's familiar illustrations to complement the text. Children will delight in discovering the calligraphy-style alphabet letters hidden beneath the flaps.
Additional artwork is by Fifi Colston.
The original The Little Yellow Digger was one of Miss Two's father's favourite books when he was a child, so he was stoked to be able to share this new version with his daughter. Some of the content reflected that of the original story so it was a nostalgic journey for him. I don't know which of them enjoyed it more - dad or two-year-old! He was fascinated to find that there were little flaps on each page that could be lifted to reveal a letter, and Miss Two quickly got the hang of lifting each one carefully so that it didn't tear.
Each page highlighted one or more different words which started with the featured letter. As each word was read to her, that letter was emphasized so that Miss Two could hear it clearly. She would then lift the flap and repeat the sound. She found it great fun to look at the visual link to the sound, and before long she was able to point at pictures and then make the correct alphabet sound. At this rate she will be reading long before she ever gets to school!
The graphics are a delight. Many of them are the originals as used in older versions of the Little Yellow Digger books. The beach scenes and the images of children in swimsuits wielding their buckets and spaces are very topical too, with summer about to start - what child does not like the beach? And it is also appropriate that the book ends with the child going to bed (for some zzz?) as it makes it the ideal bedtime story!
We did have one criticism, but it is an important one. The letters under the flaps are written in a font different from that used in the rest of the book. The main text is produced in Edmond Sans, which is a clear, easy-to-read font. The alphabet letters under the flaps, however, seem to be handwritten with a calligraphy pen. This is the same font as that used in the title and the endpapers of the book, but when it appears on an actual page which also includes the corresponding word, it can be challenging for a small child. Minor variations in letter formation can cause confusion when a child is just learning to differentiate between letters. The flap letters are attractive, but maybe not the best choice for a teaching tool.
Apart from that one reservation, all of us thoroughly enjoyed the book. Miss Two has promised to be very careful when moving the flaps as she does not want them to tear - she wants to be able to read the story to her little brother when he is a bit older. In the meantime, there is much enjoyment to be had; this book has fast taken its place as one of her bedtime favourites.
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