Hello! on Books for Topics’ July Book of the Month list

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‘Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses’ is a counting book with a difference. It’s a counting primer with a running story and the narrative is set in the context of forced migration. Through numbers 1 to 10, we follow a family who are forced to flee a war-torn country. They board a boat and travel to safety in another country where the children go to school and make new friends. It’s a hopeful and positive story which promotes kindness. The book’s themes are very topical and will help to build empathy. I really liked the illustrations which combine broad paint brushstrokes and fine line drawings. The smiling, almost cartoon-like children are really lovely. Numerals are visually reinforced in the text and images, and there are good opportunities for counting. The final page displays numerals alongside their written words. The book has obvious maths links but would also be very valuable in classroom PSHE and circle time discussions. There are opportunities to discuss ways to be kind and to imagine what life would be like as a refugee. ​ A unique counting book that's full of empathy and hope for children everywhere. Find out more over on our July Books of the Month page! #childrensbooks #readingismagic #primaryteachers #choosekind #refugeeeducation #picturebooks #picturebookillustration #bookstagramuk #primarypshe #readingforpleasure #homeschool #schoollibrarians #childrensbookblogger #booksforkids #ukbookbloggers #booksfortopics

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