Saturday, 28 March 2009

Supermarket! by Charlotte Doyle and Nadine Bernard Westcott

If you are looking for a picture book to prepare your child for regular trips to the supermarket, Supermarket! is a wonderful choice. I bought this book when my toddler was about 9 months old and he loved flipping through the book while I read out the words.

The first page begins with the Mother entering the sliding doors of the supermarket, with the toddler in the child’s seat.

They move through section by section, with single words highlighting the various items a child would pass by while trundling through a supermarket.

The words and illustrations pick up speed and urgency e.g. from “Cherries.” to “Mop!” as the Mother frantically tries to finish her shopping before the Child does further damage…

Nadine Bernard Westcott's illustrations are simple but vivid enough to attract and hold a young child’s interest. Also, the single words on each page form an exciting storyline, which will engage a young child and arouse his interest and emotions.

The storyline is familiar yet quirky enough for both Mothers and kids to laugh over and enjoy together.

When the baby became a toddler, reading the book again is another joy as he can read out the simple words and feels thrilled that he can now "read" the book. Even with only one word on each page, amounting to ten over words, we still ended up with an exciting and fulfilling story. Highly recommended if you want to introduce familiar concepts to tots in a fun way.

It never ceases to amaze me what a hit this book was (and still is) with my little boy :D

[rating: 5/5]

You *must* buy the book for your child:

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