Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Book Review: Sarahbelle's Playful Puns

Sarahbelle's Playful Puns is written by Anastasia and Sarahbelle Tay. In the book, Anastasia documents funny puns said by her precocious 6-year-old daughter Sarahbelle. Sarahbelle delights with her clever play of words, making connections between words such as 'owl' and 'hour' or playing with different meanings of words such as 'jam'.

When I first read the book to Little An, I thought the puns would not make much sense to her since she still could not read. I tried to explain why the puns were puns and concluded that she might understand the book better when she was older.

However, Little An surprised me when she told a colleague of mine last week that her hair was knotty and proceeded to show off the knotted ends of her hair. My colleague played along and remarked that her hair was 'naughty' just like the owner, and Little An said, "No, I am not naughty." Cool! She understood this pun!

My favourite illustration in the book: Knotty or naughty hair?

Recently, I commented that Little An was sweet when she offered help and she retorted that she was not a sweet, just as Sarahbelle did. When we encountered a traffic jam, we lightened the atmosphere by suggesting what kind of 'jam' it was - blueberry or strawberry and Little An's eyes lit up playfully.

Although the book is targeted at 4- to 8-year-olds, I guess no child is too young to be taught the intricacies of the English language or to enjoy a story. If you are interested to get a copy, please check it out on this crowd-funding platform. Enjoy! :)

(I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. The opinions and experiences recorded in this post are mine.)

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