Children's Book Review

Save the Day for Ada May Blog Tour

Today’s book review on The SEN Resources Blog is a little bit exciting, as it is part of Willow Tree Books’ Blog Tour for their (absolutely brilliant!) book Save the Day for Ada May.

The Blog Tour basically means that each day over the next two weeks Save the Day for Ada May is being written about on different blogs and we are honoured to get to write about it on the SEN Resources Blog’s today.

We were kindly sent a copy of the book and asked to review it as we normally would, highlighting what we love about it from an educational point of view.

What’s the Story About?

Save the Day for Ada May is a gorgeous and hilarious book written by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Patrick Corrigan. The book tells the exciting tale of a little girl called Ada May who, whilst been ‘looked after’ by her older brother max, keeps finding herself in dangerous situations! It’s the job of the reader to save the day by twisting, tapping, shaking, shouting at and turning the book to help Ada May avoid these dangers!

What did we like about it?

  • Beautiful– The illustrations in this book by Patrick Corrigan are absolutely beautiful. They perfectly capture the fun of the book. We are always told not to judge a book by it’s cover, but a 4 year old does just that- and this book’s illustrations make it it a magnet for little ones!

  • Fun! We had so much fun and giggles reading this book. The children loved helping ‘save’ Ada May by twisting and tapping the book. They got really into it and almost believed they were there next to Ada May, helping her to avoid all these dangers…and to be honest, so did I! All the best books make you feel immersed in the story.
  • Encourages a Love of Books- If you have a reluctant book lover, this one is for you. It’s fantastic at showing children how much fun you can have with a book and hopefully fostering that (very important) love of books from an early age.
  • Interactive-As children get older they will need to develop comprehension skills, pulling out the meaning from what they have read. I believe that books like this one, that make children interact and have to engage with the story in order to follow the instructions, create great building blocks for early comprehension skills.

  • Develops Motor Skills & Communication Skills – Readers are encouraged to twist, tap, turn and generally move the book and their hands in order to ‘save’ Ada May. This can help develop motor skills and hand eye coordination. There’s also opportunities to develop speech, language and communication skills.

Find it on Amazon here, Hive here and Waterstones here


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* Please note this book was gifted to us by the publishers. All thoughts and opinions are our own.