There are times when as an avid bookworm it’s hard having a child whose a reluctant independent reader. Don’t get me wrong, Monkey loves books, he’ll happily let me read to him for hours, but getting him to read. Oh boy, that’s a totally different story. It’s not that he can’t read, he just chooses not to. It’s a struggle at times, so in a bid to stimulate his self reading, I’m making a conscious effort to mix up the books we’re looking at, at home. A Parcel of Pigs and other Funny Tails is a book full of funny, rhyming poetry and it’s gone down rather well here.
Written and illustrated by Andréa Prior, A Parcel of Pigs and other Funny Tails is a 36 page paperback book full of animal and food based poems with bright illustrations. It’s aimed at children aged 5-8 years of age, and uses language that children will find easy to understand.
Being in Year 2 at school, Monkey faces the joy of SATS later this year. Part of the testing process will focus on comprehension and really understanding what he’s reading. Monkey struggles to break blocks of text down to then write about what he’s reading. I’m hoping, by looking at these short poems and working through the questions that are asked on each page, it may help him a little with what lies ahead at school.
I find that by looking at rhyming poems it gives Monkey a little bit more confidence with his reading, and if the text has some humour behind it, he’s more likely to stay engaged. With a father in the fruit and veg business, anything that relates to food normally goes down well too.
The poems are varied in length, but with a larger font, they don’t seem to be as daunting for a reluctant reader as some other poetry books we’ve got. Monkey has tried to read a few of the poems himself, and we’ve read the book together a few times now. I’d certainly recommend it. Published through Matador Books, I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link for you below.
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