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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming

The Black and White Club

At Heavenly Hippo Wildlife Park the penguins have started up a new club...but only the black and white animals are invited. Feeling left out, George the Giraffe comes up with his own scheme.

This book bought a smile to my face as I read it. In today's modern world there are so many different nationalities, cultures and differences in appearances that this book is one that should be included in every school.

The penguins have started a new club; one where members are have to be black and white, or black, or white. However, George the Giraffe, felt left out and started his own club - after much consideration his club was the tall and short club, a club which everyone is able to be a member of.  

It is a great story, which can be used to explain to children how we can all be different but are always able to part of a club or team. It looks at differences and similarities in a child friendly way which is very important in today's society.

The story is well written and will appeal to children of nursery and reception age. The illustrations are beautiful and created by Kimberley Scott. Brightly coloured and accompany the story well. The animals have a cartoony style to them and will appeal to children. 

Thank you to the publishers, Maverick Art Publishing, for sending me the book to review.

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