By Author / Illustrator
Wenda Shurety, Harriet Hobday
Paperback / softback
Tilly wonders what to do when the TV is turned off. A whole new world is opened up for her when a little bird helps her discover the garden is one big toy box. Nature's Toy Box is an uplifting book which shows an emotional journey from boredom to adventure and the ability of a young girl to lose herself in a world of nature and imagination.
When Mum turns off the TV, Tilly does not know what to do! Despite the huge amounts of toys in her toybox, she is fed up and goes to stare out of the window. A bird catches her attention and she goes out in to the garden to find it and this is where the adventure begins. This is a beautifully written picture book demonstrating the power of a child's imagination and the wonders of the natural world that we are surrounded by. This story would be a fantastic read for children from pre-school upwards. I would use this to start discussions about role play and forest school activities. Children could easily be taken on a walk around an outside area using their imaginations as explorers using this book as a starting point. Equally this would be a lovely book to have in a KS1 book box for children to enjoy as it is a story that they will relate to. Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+