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Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Goat Goes to Playgroup

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Goat Goes to Playgroup.

Pah I must make a statement now that I’m not Julia Donaldson constantly plugging my books, but I have a four year old with a bit of a book obsession and Julia Donaldson does write great kids books. Also confession time, it wasn’t until I came to write this post that I actually realised this was a Julia Donaldson book.

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson.

So like many a child we had a pretty rough ride when it came to Isabelle starting pre-school. Unlike our son she takes a long time to get used to going to new places and meeting new people. Preschool was a bit of a nightmare time, and YES we were the parents who had their child peeled off them at the start of each session and I admit that I shed a few tears as I walked away knowing that she was sobbing her heart out.

This went on for a little while, but each playgroup session she got a bit braver and looked forward to going, it was only at the point when we had to leave that things got tricky.

Goat Goes to Playgroup was a book that we’ve read many a time, and even now as a confident nearly five year old Isabelle really enjoys the book.

So Goat Goes to Playgroup is about a Goat that starts playgroup, describing his day with a few mishaps along the way.

It’s a short colourful book with lots of inspiration for asking questions about your little one’s day at Preschool.

Age Range: 2 -3 years (definitely one to read on the run-up to starting playgroup/preschool)

Lisa x

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Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox

Belle’s Bedtime Reads

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – It seems quite apt that Isabelle is all over this book at the moment as she is absolutely pickled in Chicken Pox but maybe that’s why she’s picked this book out.

So this is another one of Julia Donaldson books ticked off the list as we are such big fans.

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox is perfect at the moment as we’re counting down the days for our Princess Belle’s pox to disappear.

Belles Bedtime Reads

What’s it about?

So there’s a girl (Ellen) who meet’s Princess Mirror Belle in her bathroom mirror when she goes to scratch her chicken pox. Princess Mirror Belle is identical to Ellen except she has Dragon Pox rather than Chicken Pox.

They get up to lots of mischief with Princess Mirror Belle telling Ellen about fairies that brush teeth and birds living in her father’s beard. All is going well until Ellen’s mum come into the bathroom and Princess Mirror Belle is nowhere to be seen. She did leave something behind though.

With fantastic illustrations and glitter this makes a fantastic bed time read.

I would say that this is suitable from age 3 – 7.

Lisa x

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – The Three Billy Goats Fluff

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – The Three Billy Goats Fluff.

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – The Three Billy Goats Fluff. Being at pre-school attached to a primary school, Isabelle gets the chance to bring home a different book each day that she is there and they have a great selection. Thank god that times have moved on and the reading books for children are far more exciting and appealing to children to encourage them to read.

So The Three Billy Goats Fluff is a modern adaptation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff with great illustrations and humour injected making these a great bedtime read.

So we have three Billy Goats, a small Billy Goat, a medium Billy Goat and a Big Billy Goat who like to cross the Troll’s bridge to get to the lush green grass on the other side.

How do they overcome the problematic Troll and avoid being turned into Billy Goat Stew? Well let’s just say that Mother Goats ace knitting skills have something to do with it……..

A huge thumbs up from both Belle, Mummy and Daddy.

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Lisa x


Belle’s Bedtime Reads – What the Ladybird Heard – Julia Donaldson

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson is one of Isabelle’s absolute favourite books. We bought it for her when she was two and we took it to France with us and by the end of the two weeks she could recite the whole rhyming chorus word for word and never tired of it.



So What did the Ladybird Hear?

Well I won’t spoil the story, but it involves two Robbers, a Fine Prize Cow and friends and a Ladybird… a singsongy way with fantastic illustrations.

We have the book in hardback and as well as the story which can be read in a singsongy way, each page features the ladybird with glittery bits on it. We like the repetativeness in the books as these are well remembered and Isabelle joins in with reading the sort.

Both of us were amazed when we saw  What the Ladybird Heard at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter not so long ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, with many of the children in the audience reciting the chorus part of the story.

Like many we have a fair few of Julia Donaldson books and whilst all of the stories are well written with fab illustrations, Isabelle loves finding the characters of the other books within the pages which overlap.

Reading Age – Toddler – Hmmm, Isabelle is 4 and I would say we have plenty of reads left in this book.

A Megawatt Huge Thumbs up for this book!

Lisa x

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Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Trixie Ten by Sarah Massini

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Trixie Ten by Sarah Massini

Trixie Ten by Sarah Massini – We are huge book fans in our house and between us we could probably start our own library. Thank goodness for the invention of the kindle or we would seriously be over-run and possibly be featured on that hoarding programme.

As we are such fans, I thought that we would share some of our favourite books that we’re currently reading to Isabelle (AKA Belle).

So just a little bit of background. Isabelle is now four and thankfully loves being read to. She’s got a very inventive imagination and always has lots of questions on anything and everything. Therefore we have to keep this little mind busy, hence the ever-growing library.

As a fellow mum (or dad) there are a few books on the shelf that you could probably read without even looking at the words and Trixie Ten is one of them.

All the little characters in the book are made from fingerprints. I won’t spoil the plot for you, but know that the book has a really catchy sing-songy bit that you and your child will be repeating after a few reads.

Trixie Ten definitely gets the thumbs up from us, even if we do have to accidentally lose it every couple of weeks so that we can mix the night-time routine up a little bit!

Happy reading x

Lisa x

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