Review also includes:
Stanley the Farmer, 978-0857551115
Stanley is a hamster who seems able to turn his hand or rather paws, to all manner of roles. In the first title he’s the owner of a garage and sporting a red cap, he’s at the ready to dispense petrol, pump tyres, change wheels, top up an overheated radiator and provide a tow as and when his pals require his assistance. All in a day’s work of course and what does our furry friend do then? Relax with a cuppa and a hot bath then turn in for a good night’s sleep. Ready for another day’s work as … a farmer. Stanley has a farm too and a shiny red tractor. On this particular day he has wheat seeds to plant so it’s a good thing that Shamus shrew is there to assist. His role is to spread the muck and keep the hopper topped up with seeds while Stanley drives up and down, then Little Woo joins them to help with the watering. Later, when the wheat is ready for harvesting, it’s three pairs of paws on deck once more and then Stanley is off home to end his day in his characteristic way.
With engaging characters, introductory questions, themes that capture and sustain young children’s interest and simple, but informative storylines together with bright, uncluttered images, touches of gentle humour and tools of the trade frontpapers, these sturdily bound books are just right for the heavy handling they are likely to receive by enthusiastic preschoolers.