In the children’s section of our local bookstore, I found a fun little book; Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton (Candlewick Press). This is such a little gem and I laughed out loud as I read it for the first time. There are 5 elements that drew me to this book:
- Simple and cleaver illustrations. These illustration are clear yet creative. At first glance, it is easy to see the story they tell, but with a second look there are little details that hold a child’s interest; like the tiny little tulips, a details in the stocking caps and shadows of the trees.
- Based on reality. This story is about a small group of people working together toward a common goal (except for one ;))
- Repetition in words. Children like rhythmic language and are drawn to the cadence as we read. Keep your little one connected to this story through the beat of the repeated words.
- Onomatopoeia. This is a word that makes the sound it represents. Children enjoy all the different sounds that are a part of their language and this is no exception.
- Relatable story. Children feel a natural connection to nature and other creatures. This story tells the story of the smallest person in the group having the closest connection to another living creature.
- A fun twist at the end. So fun!
Who knew you could get all this from a simple board book with a total of 31 different words!
In this delightful little book, we experience the fun of repetition, the thrill of the chase, and the relief of a generous heart. Check out My other early reading recommendations.