Short chapter book recommendations for me to read to very sensative dd

(35 Posts)
tiredbutnotweary Wed 25-Sep-13 14:32:04

Dd (age 5) loves being read to, and I have been reading her short chapter books (as well as books from her picture book collection) for a while now.

However I'd really appreciate recommendations of books that have no scary or people-being-mean-to-each-other content.

She has particularly enjoyed Little Nose (that was as scary as she can manage smile), Ursula Bear series, Animal Ark, Rainbow Faries, which we're all tired of now thank god.

Her favourite all time book is "How Green Was My Mouse" by Dick King-Smith. This seems like the perfect story for her, all happy, with the couple getting married and having a baby at the end (which makes her grin and sigh like your wouldn't believe)!

I'm getting more of these short chapter books by Dick King-Smith, but just wondered if any of you had any other recommendations, that follow a similar vein, sort of happy real life stories?

Many thanks in advance thanks

exexpat Wed 25-Sep-13 14:34:52

Dick King-Smith is great. How about some other classics like Paddington Bear, Olga Da Polga, My Naughty Little Sister, and Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf? My DCs enjoyed those at around that age.

Takver Wed 25-Sep-13 17:34:06

Teddy Robinson smile

Also Milly-Molly-Mandy

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 25-Sep-13 20:36:41

My 4 year old sounds similar. Enid Blyton (Wishing Chair, Faraway Tree?). They need a bit of editing as you read, and there are still some scenes of 'mild peril' that DD makes me skip...

She won't entertain Clever Polly as she's scared of the wolf on the front cover...

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 25-Sep-13 20:37:41

I'm looking at the Ahlberg's 'Happy Families' series next

fleacircus Thu 26-Sep-13 08:40:58

DD1 is similar, can't cope with anybody crying, anything scary, any suggestion of meanness. She's very fond of Iggy and Me (as am I) - a lovely funny family with two daughters have amusing times together. The daughters are nice to each other, the parents are lovely. It's like the diametric opposite of Hollyoaks.

Poledra Thu 26-Sep-13 08:56:36

DD1 adored Milly Molly Mandy at the same age. The Secret Kingdom books are similar to the Rainbow Fairies but at least you get different names...

IndianMummy Thu 26-Sep-13 09:37:35

Arrr, she sounds so sweet! (mine are the opposite) There's this old series called Dilly the Dinosaur (it's a nice but naughty dinosaur) that she might like...you can probably find it in the library to try it out..

Seeline Thu 26-Sep-13 09:46:00

Definitely try My Naughty Little sister - my DD loved those
the Wombles are quite funny
Naughtiest Girl in the School - Enid Blyton

The Magic Roundabout books by Eric Thomson (if you can still get hold of them) are a good read for kids and adults alike.
The Owl who was afraid of the Dark
Longer Winnie the Witch books?
The Claude books by Alex T Smith?

PuzzledBear Thu 26-Sep-13 11:16:27

Yes yes to My Naughty Little Sister, Teddy Robinson and Milly Molly Mandy. All completely unthreatening and lovely. Also try the Little Grey Rabbit stories by Alison Uttley.

tiredbutnotweary Thu 26-Sep-13 21:30:51

Thank you so much for posting everyone - lots of great ideas for me to look into smile!

I should have added that she does love silly (Winnie the Witch rather than Horrid Henry silly iyswim)!

Thanks again flowers

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 26-Sep-13 21:35:37

Think most of my suggestions have been mentioned already but can add

Anna Hibiscus
Sam Pig

We have several collections of "stories for 5 year olds" type things - often edited by Stephen & Sara Corrin, & there are some lovely stories in there. Also a collection ed. by Leila Berg called "tales for telling" (I think).

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 26-Sep-13 21:35:53

oh, Sophie stories by Dick King Smith

fleacircus Mon 30-Sep-13 11:10:10

Problem with Rainbow Magic is that reel the kids in, the series never ends and I have actually met children in year 7 whose parents rave about how much they read, but it turns out they only read Rainbow Magic. And they're all ghost-written by a corporate conglomerate, just like Sweet Valley High. And the fairies are basically bullying Jack Frost by excluding him from everything, which is probably why he's always trying to ruin their gender stereotyped fun.

PeterParkerSays Mon 30-Sep-13 11:17:40

These Little Bear stories, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, are fab.

They are gentle and lovely to read.

FariesDoExist Mon 30-Sep-13 14:48:19

Pippi long stocking
Winnie the pooh

tiredbutnotweary Mon 30-Sep-13 18:08:40

Thank you again everyone!

Fleacircus - I couldn't agree more - I remember one book where a goblin gets to become a chef, it was refreshing to be honest!

Last night DD realised she can read these books herself (I obviously posted too soon when I said she was tired of them) - and today she discovered they have them at the school library too - arghh!

Periwinkle007 Tue 01-Oct-13 11:50:15

ok most are already listed but our favourites include
Paddington
Naughtiest Girl in the School (have just had to order some more of these as we only had 3 from me being little and there are some more that were written by someone else)
Iggy and Me
Dick King-Smith in general
Rainbow Fairies/mermaids/lucky star type stuff
Milly Molly Mandy

also have
Gobbolino the Witches Cat
Charlotte's Web
Magic Faraway Tree etc
Little Grey Rabbit
The Bullerby Children
Worst Witch
lots of Holly Web
Claude
Willow Valley
Bluebell Woods
Mammoth School

Periwinkle007 Tue 01-Oct-13 12:00:21

Amelia Jane
Sally Gardner has done some about children with magic powers or something, My mum has just got them for us from the Book People but I don't know what they are like yet as I haven't seen them. age 5plus so I would expect they are fine and Sally Gardner has written some of the Early Reader books (fairy tale ones)
Winnie the Witch Chapter books

fleacircus Tue 01-Oct-13 12:59:20

Some of Holly Webb's are lovely - DD was given (I think) 'The Snow Bear' for Christmas and suddenly loads of her make believe games involved arcane references to Inuit customs. Had no idea where it had come from for a while!

Clawdy Tue 01-Oct-13 22:37:32

The "Kitty" books by Bel Mooney are good fun,with gentle humour.

Periwinkle007 Wed 02-Oct-13 20:28:50

ok the Sally Gardner ones I would leave for the moment. My mum got them for us and whilst we haven't read them I have lifted a few out of the set to put away. My children are lucky enough to live a sheltered life so I don't think they need to come across certain situations yet.

bigTillyMint Wed 02-Oct-13 20:32:40

Milly Molly Mandy and My Naughty Little Sister were favourites here!

Don't read Michael Morpurgo until she's toughened up!wink

Periwinkle007 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:16:35

oh yes something ALWAYS dies in Michael Morpurgo. Milly Molly Mandy's are lovely though. Wish they would print them with bigger font though so early readers could read them themselves. Or is it just my old copies which are small print?

I remember loving The Magic Faraway Tree at 5/6ish and also I remember Gobbolino and Ramona but I was more like 8 when I discovered Ramona although it is fine for younger ones I think.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Wed 02-Oct-13 21:28:27

If she's very sensitive I might not go for Amelia Jane. She's a badly behaved doll who always gets her comeuppance but that can lead to situations like her being tied to a tree in a dark wood - I always ended up feeling very sorry for her at that age.

Milly-Molly-Mandy is great though grin.

storyshacker Thu 03-Oct-13 08:17:48

Tanya Landman's 'Flotsam and Jetsam' series if really lovely - a gentle read set on the beach.

tiredbutnotweary Fri 04-Oct-13 21:24:50

Thank you everyone for all the new suggestions flowers.

Oddly whilst she seeks to avoid scary / conflict she doesn't avoid sad, even when she feels quite sad about a story. We have a CD of The Morning I Met A Whale and she loves it. I've only borrowed a few Michael Morpurgo books because many are aimed at much older readers of course. She's enjoyed the ones we've read though - particularly The Sandman and the Turtles (really challenging for me trying to do a Russian accent!!)

Thanks again

Mrs Pepperpot
The Mice of St. Goran's

Colyngbourne Sun 06-Oct-13 14:33:58

If she is very sensitive, I would be careful with My Naughty Little Sister: when the little sister does all kinds of naughty things, some children hearing the stories might be upset (she ate all the special cake, she got stuck in the workmen's pipe, etc).

Milly-Molly-Mandy and Teddy Robinson are very fair-weather stories.

Foosyerdoos Sun 06-Oct-13 14:37:03

Try Olga da Polga by Michael Bond, it is about a guinea pig.

Foosyerdoos Sun 06-Oct-13 14:39:53

Another really nice book is 'King of the Copper' mountain. There are some sad bits but there is a very happy ending.

Clawdy Sun 06-Oct-13 22:27:54

"My Naughty Little Sister" upsetting?? Now I've heard everything!

Colyngbourne Fri 11-Oct-13 15:25:51

I don't think it's upsetting, nor did my kids but some children are extremely sensitive and hate stories/TV programmes where characters do naughty things and are going to get told off (doesn't she play with the precious princess doll in one chapter and ruin its clothes? of course the story ends up well but some might not like the "Mild Peril" of being found out for eating all the trifle or getting stuck in the workmen's pipe).

Kipsy Sat 19-Oct-13 13:25:13

My DD loved the
I am Reading Collection
on TheBookPeople. Lovely stories!

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