Peapod’s Picks/KLTR – Classic Collection #1

Peapod’s Picks is a weekly round up of some of the books that Peapod* has read (often, but not always, for his bedtime stories) each week plus a review of at least one of them.

*His social media alter ego, not his real name!

This week it’s also time for another #KLTR post, hosted by Book Bairn, Acorn Books and Laura’s Lovely Blog.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Peapod has really taken to his Hungry Caterpillar toy this week, he’s been commando-ing over to get it from the shelf and playing with it loads, so of course we’ve been reading it loads too!

Our only copy was this one:

It’s absolute treasure – it was mine and my sister’s when we were little. It also still has mum’s name inside from when she used it in school teaching, which is then semi-crossed out and replaced by mine from when I did the same.

So, we will keep it and read it too, but I wanted a more durable one for him to enjoy (read: eat) too, so we bought the board book version too.

It’s been a big hit already. To say he’s turning the pages would be a huge exaggeration but it’s lovely seeing him flip through the fruits and open and close it…in between chews of course!

When we bought it, I couldn’t resist getting the finger puppet book too. And I’m really glad we did – it’s a board book too so ticks all the handling/chewing/chucking boxes and he loves the caterpillar puppet (you guessed it, mostly he loves chewing it!). I really like that it’s a simple 1-5 counting primer using the fruit from the story but with added description – juicy oranges, tart plums etc – which makes it more interesting to read and will add to its longevity.

He’s had the cloth book for a while but has been looking at that more this week too. I love how soft and light it is – nice to hold and feel, chewable, hard to damage and even more hard to damage himself with! He also really likes grabbing the caterpillar’s head on the front!

Buying this in board book format made me think about which others we should have like this too. Obviously there’ll be those books that become favourites as he grows that we might choose to get, but I’m going to get some ‘classics’ too.

Which classic (or newer!) picture books would you add to his board book collection?

13 thoughts on “Peapod’s Picks/KLTR – Classic Collection #1

  1. Tim Hopgood board books with Macmillan are popular with the Fae, I’ve read Hooray for Hoppy about 4 times in a row today to Tinyfae!!
    Also the Usborne Peep through books are a hit, as are the Campbell push-pull-slide First stories (Red riding hood etc).
    I am also a big believer in upgrading to board the most beloved stories- we went through two copies of 10 Little Pirates before they brought out the board book!!

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    • Yes, it’s just deciding which ones to double up on with the paperback and the board versions but I guess we’ll just see which ones he loves! Hopefully they’ll all be ones that are available so we don’t have to go through multiple copies like you!
      We’ve just bought Hooray for Hoppy, but not read it yet so good to hear you and TinyFae enjoyed it. I really love the illustrations in Tim Hopgood’s books.
      Good shout on the Campbell first stories range too!

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      • Oh yes, that’s a good idea! We have Owl and Walter but not the others, though I know I’ll end up getting them at some point as they’re lovely!

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      • I like them as they are educational and quite seasonal too!!
        We will swap Hoppy for Tip Tap in the seasons basket when it gets to mid June.
        The songbooks are gorgeous though!

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      • Yes, definitely! We bought Hoppy as part of a Spring book buy (still open to any spring themed fae-vourites?!) and I’ve spent the weekend making spring sensory bottles and planning spring themed tuff tray stuff! Spring has sprung!

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      • Have you seen my spring basket post?
        Spring is probably the season I have the least books for surprisingly.
        An enduring favourite is Abracadabra It’s Spring Ann Sibley and Susan Gal- it’s American so not easy to get hold of but so pretty with change and continuity gatefolds.

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  2. This is such a wonderful book and I love the old copy you have and how well used it is! I would suggest Peepo as that has been a firm favourite with both my boys, they both learnt the story off by heart.

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