Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

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Mudlark Finds *12: Harold Finds A Voice

Harold Finds a Voice

Mudlark Find Number 12 has a partner, which I’ll post in the next Mudlark Find. Both are part of publishers Child’s Play’s recent venture into soft-back picture books and I discovered them at the NAEYC conference I presented at in Washington DC last November.  The publishers very kindly mailed (free) copies of both books to me in the UK and my thank-you to them is to let you know about them.  I think Child’s Play should carry on with this line of delightful books.  This is apparently author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas’s first picture book – I do hope she makes some more…

This book is gorgeous, both visually and in the characters of the protagonist Harold (who lives in apartment 4B in Paris) and his new-found friends.  It’s great for supporting outdoor play through the storyline of Harold discovering and mimicking all the sounds in his world – I would want to use it to stimulate or focus interest in the outdoor soundscape and in the making of outdoor sounds, or in response to an interest shown by children.

Harold does of course discover his own voice – which makes him happiest of all.

With this section of my website, I share some of the many wonderful treasures I dig up while researching and supporting outdoor play for children from birth to seven. I hope they inspire you too, and help you to create motivational, meaningful and satisfying outdoor play experiences for all the children you work with.

Mudlarking is the ancient practice of digging in the mud of the Thames to find treasures.  It still goes on today, uncovering and recovering some amazing artefacts from the life of London city through the centuries.  Click on this link for more information about mudlarking.