Friday 1 July 2016

Play School: the Useful Book

Play School: the Useful Book illustrated by Jedda Robaard (ABC Books, imprint of Harper Collins) HB RRP$19.99
ISBN 9780733334016

Reviewed by Sharon McGuinness

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic Australian television program with this new edition. Play School has been an essential part of the lives of Australian children and the Useful Book chronicles some of the most favourite songs, recipes, craft, ideas and games. With a nod to our multicultural communities, the book also contains a variety of greetings and counting in other languages.

Slightly retro in its treatment of washed out sepia like colours this book is bound to be a hit, not only with parents and grandparents, but pre-schools. It encourages active participation of the child through play – which recent research proves is beneficial to children throughout their school lives.

A perfect companion to the television program, yet it stands alone as a book to be enjoyed for another 50 years. It’s the perfect gift for new parents.

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