Written and Illustrated by Julieann Wallace
Woo hoo, I won this book in a competition which I was thrilled about because I admire and respect the author Julieann Wallace. I quickly posted on my abcJenny Facebook page how I had won a competition and I would write an Educational Review on the book Lilly’s Lollies. I clicked post and then thought; hmmm I had promised myself I would only write Educational Reviews on books which I thought were of educational value to children. I had never read Lilly’s Lollies before, what would happen if I didn’t think Lilly’s Lollies was a good book?
I follow Julieann Wallace’s writer, illustrator,author on Facebook and have found her to be extremely professional, knowledgeable, talented and genuine. I should never have had any doubt; of course anything that Julieann Wallace plays a part in, (and being an educator, publisher, editor, illustrator and writer she plays many parts in many books) would be of a high standard.
This book would be ideal for a child starting in a childcare, kindergarten or pre-school setting. I have created educational activities based on the Early Childhood Learning Framework for Australia. Whether as a parent with your own child or as teacher with a class group this book would benefit every child who had it read to them.
The Early Childhood Learning Framework focuses on the three Bs, Belonging, Becoming and Being. Sharing, which Lilly’s Lollies focuses on, sits nicely in Outcome Two: Children are connected with and contribute to their world. One of the areas educators focus on is when one child ‘dominates resources.’ This is a perfect situation to read Lilly’s Lollies and talk about sharing.
As a parent it is hard to continually tell children you need to share, to be kind to others and to think of others. Books are a great way of reinforcing these concepts in a fun way.
Other educational areas you could cover before, after or during the reading of Lilly’s Lollies are:
Children can discuss the different feelings that the author has written about in the book. What makes the characters’ sad, happy, and angry? I love the word ‘hippostraphically happy’ the author uses. Ask a child, have you ever been so sad you cried a ‘waterfall of tears’ or been so happy to do ‘backflips, star jumps and cartwheels.’?
The author’s expert use of language helps children understand what the characters in the book are feeling.
(Outcome Two – children have a strong sense of well-being)
The layout of the book makes it easy to read the story to children and create expression. You automatically change your voice when the font changes and emphasise different words. Expression in reading is important to engage children. Modelling expression helps when children begin reading, as expression helps with reading fluency in later years.
When reading the book, there are opportunities to involve your child/class group by asking them to make, ‘the meanest face they could.’ And once you have read the book, role play with a group of children would be easy. Children would not need to read the book, but retell story line using their own words.
Role play different endings to the book.
(Outcome Five – Children are effective communicators)
Prediction is an important skill when children are being read to or read books on their own. It is one of the strategies used for reading comprehension. The author has created opportunities throughout the book when you can stop and ask your child, ‘what do you think Lilly does next?’ Giving children a chance to predict the story helps build their confidence with future reading development.
Early Childhood is about exposing children to a range of learning opportunities. Lilly’s Lollies has a delightful or delicious way of using /l/ words in the text such as ‘large, lovely, lickable, lollipop’ If you read this book to a group of children you may find some children at the stage, wanting to find the /l/ words in the book and begin associating the letter L with the sound /l/. This is an important development in both reading and writing.
(Outcome Four – Children are confident and involved learners)
Different children gain different experiences out of books, just look at the difference in my two boys’ reviews after I read them Lilly’s Lollies. Likewise activities that suit younger children may not suit older readers, who read the book on their own.
A few activities for older children would be to look at the use of language in the book. Similes, metaphors, alliteration, all play an important part in the author conveying the message. How does the illustrator’s use of colour help the story in the book? What do you notice?
My favourite part, well second favourite okay maybe equal favourite with the ‘sharing message’ is the illustrations. Children are captivated by the images changing from black and white to all the colours in the rainbow as Princess Lilly begins to understand why it is nice to share. The world really does look a nicer place to be when we are nice and share with others.
Children’s predictions and reviews.
Charlie (aged 7)
I think the book will be about lollies. It was very, very, very great when she gave the lolly to the boy that was sad. I think if she didn’t share her lollies she would have been fired from her job as a Princess.
Tommy (aged 5)
I think the book will be about a kid who makes different flavoured lollies. My favourite bit was when the girl gave everyone her lollies, because it was nice. If the author changed the ending and the girl didn’t share her lollies then the girl would be sad forever and no-one would be her friend.
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Educational Review by Jenny Graham
Founder of abcJenny.
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