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A Squash and a Squeeze

This book began life as a song written for television!  It's the one that started it all - the very first publication (1993) by Julia Donaldson and the beginning of a fruitful partnership with illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Yep! Can hear the song influence.  This definitely explains the rhythm, rhyme and 'page turning pace' characteristics so typical of Julia's picture books.

A simple tale with a moral.  A little old lady - complete with grey hair tied in a bun ( the nifty handy work of illustrator Axel Scheffler), decides her neat little house just isn't big enough.  A wise old man, so typical of fairy stories, pops by.  He encourages the lady to take in, one at a time, all manner of animals until - yes you've guessed it - the house is a 'squash and a squeeze'.  One by one the animals are removed and the lady is grateful and appreciative of what she has, a moral reminiscent of The Smartest Giant in Town.

Julia Donaldson is the UK Children's Laureate from June 2011 until June 2012.

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A little old lady thinks her house is a squash and a squeeze but, with the advice of a wise old man and the help of a few farmyard animals, she soon discovers that it's not as small as she thought.

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ISBN
9781405004770

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A Squash and a Squeeze 2012-10-02 06:40:50 Jodie McAlister
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Reviewed by Jodie McAlister    October 02, 2012

Room for a good lesson or two!

Julia Donaldson really can't put a foot (or a pen) wrong and this is a great tale and a wonderful song to boot! Even if you haven't heard this book sung (originally it was written as a song) it basically signs itself with the wonderful rhyme and fabulous silliness. Really only toped by our favourite Donaldson of all time 'The Highway Rat'!

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A Squash and a Squeeze 2012-05-01 11:18:07 Nabbu
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Reviewed by Nabbu    May 01, 2012

A squash and a squeeze

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book to my children. We got on to talking about the underlying message of being thankful for what you have and not want more and learning to appreciate the good in what you have been given. Though a bit 'silly' - as my 4 year old put it, it is a fun read.

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A Squash and a Squeeze 2011-07-01 11:50:57 Victoria Beale
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Reviewed by Victoria    July 01, 2011
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A Squash and a Squeeze

I really love this book. I love it because I have had to read it for about 2 years every day, give or take a day, during our lunchtime, "Aren't you asleep yet?" lunchtime story prior to "our" nap.

I wasn't always a mother, but I like this book because we both find it amusing. It's funny (for me). It has really clever illustrations (thank you Axel). The methodical writing means it has a funny tale, a clear middle and a predictable end. If you are doing lunchtime storytime this book is near on perfect. Mouths start yawning, eyes start drooping just before the end, leaving just enough time finish, before saying, "night night" so you can have your lunch.

It's not only beautifully written, it's a clever prose, it amuses me as a grown up and my daughter never fails to be surprised by the ending.

And we've read it at least 702 times. And I'd be more than happy to read it again. This book has kept me alive and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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