Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Rating: 4/5 Stars (me) 5/5 (Rhiannon)
On Friday I posted Elanor’s first book review. Her younger sister, Rhiannon (age 2) saw me videotaping Elanor, and insisted that she do a video review of a book, too. She worships her older sister, and anything that Ellie does must also be done by Rhi. So I humored her and was pleasantly surprised by what Rhi did on camera with her book. Obviously it’s not a review, but I think it demonstrates her love of the book. Ellie and I were first introduced to Silly Sally in a parent/child class in 2009 and added it to our library. The book has been a hit with both children. I didn’t give it a rating from Ellie as I don’t really remember what she thought of it. I do recall reading Silly Sally with some amount of frequency with Elanor–but not the near nightly reading that Rhi insists on.
Silly Sally is a really fun book told in a rhyming scheme (Silly Sally went to town/walking backwards upside down and so forth). On the way to town she meets a pig (who dances a jig) a dog (who plays leapfrog) and so forth. But she falls asleep! How will she get to town now?
Unlike The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say MOO (see link above), there isn’t a grand moral or lesson here. It’s a silly book that my littles have loved. It’s great fun to act out. As you can see in Rhi’s video we often dance a jig (or at least wiggle dance while seated), have a stuffed animal leap frog over the book, and so forth with each animal. When there is tickling we tickle.
I picked up a Silly Sally felt story telling set at a teacher store a few years ago. Within a month we’d lost several of the pieces, so it has been retired. Far more practical if you have a little who loves Silly Sally are the coloring pages offered as free downloads on the official Audrey Wood website.
Silly Sally is on my list of (board) books I would typically purchase for a second birthday present. Although E and R both enjoyed it before age 2, it was around age 2 that they really began to interact with it. Elanor (5) doesn’t pick Silly Sally as a read aloud anymore, but she’ll happily sit and listen if I’m reading it with Rhiannon. I think it’s best for those littles between 1 or 2 and 4.