About six months ago we bought Jack (5.5 yrs) a small CD player for his room. We bought a few audio books and borrowed a few more from the library. Jack took to it straight away; spending large chunks of his day in his room drawing and listening to his stories.
These audio books though have had an unexpected outcome; Jack started telling very detailed stories. He started narrating his imaginary games;
” ‘That’s a shame’, Terry said disappointedly”… ”
‘The night was dark and calm. There was no sound. Suddenly Batman came out of the dark…'”.
It’s incredible to listen to.
At first his narrations seemed quite out of context, but over the last couple of weeks Jack seems to have really mastered the art of story telling. He has become a story-teller.
I want to really nurture this so I sought out some wordless books and came across Welcome to Mamoko. This beautiful wordless book really encourages kids to become the storyteller.
I’ve always loved wordless books and used to use them all the time in my English as a Second Language classes when I was teaching. They really allow the child to have full creative control over the story.
Welcome to Mamoko is a beautifully illustrated book which intertwines the adventures of twenty different characters as they go through their day. Each character is on their way to their town carnival.
On each page you have to search for your character and see what adventure they are up to; telling the story as you go. The pages are a thicker board style and each is gorgeously coloured as the day slowly turns to night. It’s also a nice big book, perfect for pouring over.
Here’s the adventures of Old Mrs. Full-Wool. What story would you tell?
Welcome to Mamoko has quickly become one of our favourite books. It’s written by the creators of Maps; another exquisitely illustrated book which I know you would love to add your collection.