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Book Review – Daft Bat by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

2 June, 2010. posted in Everyday.

Daft Bat by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross


In this book the characters are all young animals which introduces the children to vocabulary such as calf and kid. The yare utterly convinced that their new friend the Bat is completely bonkers when she requests an umbrella to keep her feet dry and complains that her ears will get wet when the river rises. How can she say a tree has the trunk at the top and the leaves at the bottom? Until, that is, they consult wise Owl who suggests that if they just try looking at things from Bat’s point of view, they might see thing very differently.

This story provides the children with the idea that not everyone sees things in the same way and introduces them to the way that Bat’s view the world when hanging upside down. 

When I read this book today with the Rumpleteazer’s there much discussion about what we would see if we were upside down. We explored new vocabulary within the group and the children were able to pass on some interesting facts to the group about bats. It has lead to an art session, and was the cause of a great deal of laughter and conversation. 

Definitely a book that I would recommend for the 3 to 5 age group.

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