📚 Baby/Children's Book of the Week: # 7 ~ The Gruffalo 📚

in #parenting6 years ago

Welcome to Week 7 of our reading journey!

Author Julia Donaldson teams up with illustrator Axel Scheffler in the modern-day children's classic, "The Gruffalo". If you haven't read it, do yourself and your kids a favor and go and borrow it from your library right now!

Reading aloud to your child is a wonderful shared activity to promote language development and early literacy skills in a fun and stimulating way.

"I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me." ~ Julia Donaldson

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Title: The Gruffalo
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Ages: Preschool and up

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Can I just say that I love this story as do all our kids including Baby Freyja 😊 It's a story of a little mouse and his walk through the deep dark woods. On his journey he meets several animals who all invite the little mouse to come to their house for dinner and yes, you guessed it… they want him to be the main course…

To avoid being eaten, the little mouse tells of a "Gruffalo" whom he will be meeting shortly, the Gruffalo is imagineray or so the little mouse thought…

"He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws,
And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws."
"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here by the rocks,
And his favorite food is roasted fox."


Who did the little mouse meet in the woods, much to his surprise.

How did the mouse prove he was the scarest creature in the wood?

What did the little mouse say to the Gruffalo was his favorite food?

Who is the most feared animal in the wood?

Throughout the book, the little mouse uses his wit and brain to cleverly outsmart his natural predators. Each time he avoids being eaten his confidence grows and when faced with his toughest challenge yet, he devises a clever plan to avoid becoming dinner.

Written beautifully with long rhyming sentences and illustrations that depict the story without having to read the words, you're sure to fall in love with the little mouse and the other characters in this endearing story.

Be sure to check-out the above activities for creative ideas including letter tracing, coloring pages and so much more.

As an added bonus, the story was made into a delightful short film, currently available on Netflix.

Purchase from Amazon or borrow from your local library.

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Link to last week's book: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

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Great story. I had the animated version of this story picked to win the Oscar for animated shorts a few years back. It was well done.

@coldsteem Yes the animated version is delightful and follows the written story so well. The narrator is Helena Bonham Carter and I hear her voice each time I read the story to the kids... probably because I have a British accent too :)

I still remember my boy made fun of the the gruffalo : yuck, those knees are terrible and he needs his mom to trim his toenails.

12 million copies sold worldwide, no exaggeration. At least you and I have one copy. :-)


@prch Love that you have a copy too! It's a brilliant story no doubt about it and yes, The Gruffalo does need a pedicure and then some that's for sure :)

It has reminded me of the story of The Lion and the Mouse, which my daughter Júlia loves. The next day I will explain this story, she's starting to learn english so this will help as well.
Thanks for the tools @redwellies i'll print the coloring page:)

@beiker That's a wonderful story too and I'd forgotten the similarity until now. I'm sure Júlia will love this story also and you can, be sure to watch the film... it's really cute :)

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