Alice liked to do something different every day.
On Monday she buttoned her lips.
She didn’t speak at all.
Her mother thought Monday
was a very quiet day.
Alice is very good at finding ways to entertain herself. She experiments first with not making any noise, then the next day at not hearing any noise. The week goes by and she tries to block off different senses with varying degrees of success. A peg on her nose lasts less time than a blindfold. She also decides that tying her arms in a knot is less than helpful. She deduces that Grandma is cutting peaches by concentrating on smell. But it’s with Grandpa she uses most senses. She hears what he is doing, feels his cuddliness and identifies how he smells. This last generates a gift for Grandpa, causing plenty of chuckles. Illustrations are watercolour set in plenty of white paper while the text type suggests an almost handwriting style.
Alice is clearly a loved and loving child, curious and adventurous. Her family support her in testing her senses. Adorable Alice offers an opportunity to build activities for young children around senses. A teddy bear companion accompanies Alice throughout her adventures. There are plenty of other details in the illustrations which offer opportunities for speculation about Alice’s interests. Recommended for pre- and early schoolers.
Adorable Alice, Cassandra Webb ill Michaela Blassnig New Frontier Publishing 2014 ISBN: 9781921928017