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What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

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The fourth title in the number one bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series – perfect for young children to read aloud!

For P1 (and older children) – the children might want to design a red lunch menu and invite their family to their red lunch! Wonderfully written, we see this little hero save the day again and out smart the troublesome duo Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. For nursery children – can they make a ladybird using playdoh, junk materials, or draw it with coloured pencils, chalks or paint? What shapes can they see? Talk about circles.Write a character profile about Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len? what kind of people are they? Where do they live? As well as ladybird crafts and activities you’ll also fine ones for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, the mermaid and her friends in the sea with sharks, crabs, whales and a sealion. Beautifully illustrated by Lydia Monks, such an iconic style. Little C’s favourite character besides ladybird is the sea lion.

Invite the children to dress up like one of the characters from the book and re-tell the story for a friend, grandparent or other relative over Skype or Facetime. One of my television songs, A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published. Most children love acting and it’s a tremendous way to improve their reading.Print off these free What The Ladybird Heard wanted posters and draw in Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh. There’s four different versions so you could change who you think should be wanted and there’s also room to add some writing if you’d like to use this as a literacy activity. With a cast of wonderful sea creatures, including a magical mermaid, and plenty of seaside fun, What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside is a brilliant rhyming adventure from the bestselling picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

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