25 Sep, 2014
Around about this time last year we were sent two books by the author, Jane Hissey, and I’ve been in love with her stories since! So, in light of the fact that we have her latest book to review, I felt it ideal for today’s Word Up to feature this wonderful author.
Jane is probably most famous for her Old Bear stories, which were around when I was little. But, these new stories about Ruby are also lovely. I love the rhyming, I love the imagery and I love the gorgeous hand-painted illustrations. It’s nostalgic but new. And best of all, even though I thought it would only appeal to Gabby (my preconception is that they are girlie, perhaps because I loved Old Bear as a child!), Reuben also loves these stories and as a 14/15 month old, Ruby, Blanket and Blue was the first long story he engaged with.
Jane Hissey – Ruby, Blue and Blanket
This book is so powerful on so many levels. It is a story of 3 friends who playing dressing up…but Ruby can’t decide who she wants to be so she tries everything! I did a review this book and Old Bear last year with Gabby and Reuben but I feel like I’ve got more to say on it, so bare with me!
Reviewing Ruby, Blanket and Blue last year
I have pretty much memorised the book, which seems so much easier when the tale rhymes…Reuben loves when Ruby dresses up as a ghost, so I will recite it back to him if a tantrum is imminent!
“I would be all shapeless and floaty and white,
And tiptoe around in my sheet in the night.
And if anyone said, ‘Are ghosts really true?’
I’d jump out and surprise them by bellowing…
So, a good story for Halloween too!
It has travelled the world with us and soothed a tired toddler on planes, a cold toddler after swimming and even a grumpy toddler who doesn’t want his nappy changed.
So, yes, I love this book… How does the new one compare?
Jane Hissey – Ruby and the Naughty Cats
Bed head: We like to read in our pyjamas after breakfast!
The latest story, Ruby and the Naughty Cats, is everything Reuben would want from a story; naughtiness in many different ways! There are also things with wheels, big tick, cake, bigger tick, painting, balloons, bubbles, mess and sleep. It’s just a lovely bunch of things that Reuben is really interested in at the moment, so it’s perfect for toddlers to engage with.
Gabby also enjoyed reading it to Reuben but let me tell you, it’s not the easiest thing to get your mouth around! It took me several goes to work out the tempo and the rhyming. But I love the challenge and then once you’ve got the hang of the changing tempo, then you can start to remember it and add in your voices!
And, again, as with Sue Hendra’s Word Up last week, I just love the moral of the story – if someone keeps spoiling your game, maybe it’s because they feel left out… An interesting concept that has been running through my head all week!
Do you read any Jane Hissey books to your kids? Which is your favourite? And, do you like reading after breakfast too?!
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