Book Review: Alfie Gets in First

Rating: ★★★★☆

An entertaining story about a little boy who, racing his mother and baby sister into the house, accidentally locks them outside.   A page-turner for kids and moms.  One very nice aspect of the story is the sense of community that Alfie’s mother has with her neighbors: a crowd gathers in concern about helping her solve the problem, and when the door is open she invites everyone in for tea.  This is unusual in our modern, insular lifestyle, and an excellent model for relating to our neighbors.

It takes a gift of storytelling to tell a story about the challenges of the three-to-five age in a way that is interesting and amusing for both children and adults.  Hughes’ illustrations are endearing in their detail, conveying warmth and delight, and all of the Alfie stories exemplify the security of a loving family.

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Publication Information: Hughes, Shirley. Alfie Gets in First. Alfie; . 1981. ISBN: 1862307830.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04, Amblesideonline, Read-Aloud Handbook, World Nifty 50
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Posted on April 28, 2009

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