Book – Stick Man

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Stick Man, written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, (2008). Published by Scholastic in London.

Stick man is just minding his business, going for a jog, when someone mistakes him for a fetching stick, a pooh stick, a nesting stick, a flag pole for the top of a sand castle, a sword, a hook, a boomerang, an arm for a snowman…and, uh oh, a stick for the fire. How will Stick Man get out of this one?

This book is a firm favourite at playgroup. It has engaging rhyme and repetition, and the story is cleverly crafted. At playgroup, the children made their own stick people. A grandma who comes to playgroup says her granddaughter asks for her to tell the story of stick man every day (they don’t have the book) and their stick person has wonderful adventures.

Narelle Smith

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