Before I went on Maternity Leave – oh how long ago that seems… – my team very kindly turned our final team meeting into a mini baby shower. There were Humming Bird Bakery cupcakes, tea and lots of presents.
My line manager got Bump (as Little Miss was once known) three little books. They were based on nursery rhymes and each had a little puppet poking out of the front.
Unbeknown to me at the time, these little books would become a firm favourite, read over and over and over and over until eventually, poor Old MacDonald is falling apart and for the monkey who fell off the bed, banging his head is the least of his problems!
Puppet books have always been a winner with Little Miss so I thought I’d share her favourites to date.
These little hardback books are perfect for little hands and great for dropping in your bag when you’re on the go. When Little Miss was especially wee, they were the perfect length for her short attention span, using well known nursery rhymes she was sure to recognise. Now she’s older, she enjoys the fact they’re small enough for her to control the puppet ( / shove the poor puppet in and out of its hole!) and gets great delight from making the monkey bang his head as he falls out of bed!
Parragon books sent us Hippity Hoppity Little Bunny just before Easter and it’s quickly become one of Little Miss’ favourites. This one isn’t based on a nursery rhyme, but it’s brightly coloured pages and the fact it’s about a bunny meant it was an instant hit with Little Miss. I’m pretty sure I’ve read it at least 109 times over the last month… I might be putting this one into hiding until next Easter…
Good Night Snuggle Bunny, Emma Goldhawk
Surprise, surprise, another bunny book.
We’ve had Snuggle Bunny since she was only a few months old. It’s been lovely to see Little Miss grow with this one, from simply being fascinated by the big moving bunny in a book to properly interacting with him and helping him with his bedtime routine – brushing his ears, bedtime kiss, etc.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet Book, Eric Carle
Little Miss has loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar from the off. (We have both the finger puppet version and the original and the activity apple thingy.) The finger puppet book isn’t the full story – which is a shame in a way – but instead features a simplified version encouraging counting to five, which now Little Miss is older, she’s enjoying more.
Hello Dudley!, Sam Lloyd
Ok, I have a confession with this one. I don’t actually like it. But Little Miss thinks it’s utterly hilarious, so it seemed wrong of me not to include it just because I’m biassed…
Dudley was a hand-me-down book from Little Miss’ cousins, Munchkin and Buttons. She wasn’t too sure about it at first (around five months old) but now she’s two, she loves it. Dudley burps, roars and eats worms on toast – he’s every toddler’s dream. Focussed on daily routine (albeit, slightly different to the average being a very bad mannered monster), Hello Dudley! is on it’s way to becoming a bedtime staple as Little Miss giggles her way through the story telling Dudley off when he does something rude. I might leave this one for the Other Half to enjoy with her…
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