Daisy and the Egg; Daisy and the Beastie
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This issue’s cover shows Jane Simmons’ popular character, Daisy, and her baby brother Pip. Two Daisy books with their ‘dynamic yet affectionate pictures’ full of painterly exuberance are reviewed in this issue. Thanks to Orchard Books for their help in producing this May cover.
Daisy and the Egg
Daisy and the Beastie
Here are more Daisy books from talented author/illustrator, Simmons, who speaks straight to her audience through her dynamic yet affectionate pictures. Little Daisy's strong personality shines through in Daisy and the Egg, where she is determined to help the last egg of the cluth to hatch. Sitting on it does present problems but Daisy is rewarded by the arrival of a baby brother, Pip.
In Daisy and the Beastie, Pip, Daisy's newly hatched brother, decides to help Daisy find 'the beastie' of a story Grandpa has been telling them. There is gentle humour as Daisy and Pip search amongst the farmyard creatures, Pip mimicking the sound of each animal they meet. Just the right amount of tension is created for young readers when the ducklings think they hear the beastie inside a dark shed. Bravely they creep forward, but then turn and flee... A wonderfully happy ending resolves a book where very young children will successfully retell the story by following the delightfully appealing illustrations.