4 out of 4 stars
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(The following is a review by a volunteer)
The “Sigfried’s Smelly Socks” by Len Foley is a story about a young Sigfried‘s hilarious and vivid journey to discover the source of a terrible smell −whilst Sigfried knew the source of foul-smelling, he decided to take his family and the readers of this book on an adventurous ‘Sense of Smell ‘trip. But was the trip adventurous? You really have to find out when you read this book. However, I will serve you with the book menu in a summary as follows:
Sigfried appealed to the sense of smell or the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents: Children really love anything that appeals to their five senses or the faculties that enable them distinguish not only scents, objects, sounds, tastes but also feelings. Indeed, the source of a terrible smell was a pile of unwashed socks that Sigfried had kept hidden beneath his bed: Some of the socks’ smell was like rotten cabbage, skunk feet or like the dog slobber.
Len managed to develop Sigfried as a strong character, and the plot is unique for children of three-seven years of age. Len’s descriptive language is excellent, and the skillfully illustrated book is also attractive to both the young and adult readers.
Interestingly, Len has a gift for words that enabled him to describe different types of smelly stuff. Len penned down a book that is not only suitable for children’s acquisition of language, but also for the adult readership. In fact, I enjoyed reading this informative, educative and entertaining book.
I did not find either typographical errors or grammatical mistakes. However, the smelly imagery this book creates is a fact worthy noting as it may be put -off some readers. What I do not like about this book is some of the big words used for young readers. Young readers need simple and easy words to understand, and not too hard words to assimilate. However, I suggest that the book be revised: Include a word meaning glossary to serve as a reading aid for children. Nevertheless, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars, and recommend it for children of five-seven years of age.
Children of three-four years of age could only read the book together with either their parents or a class teacher. Most of all; notwithstanding the foregoing recommendations, I also recommend that this book be adapted into education curriculum for teaching children different types of smelly stuff.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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