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

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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

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

PomBearWithAnOFRS Fri 04-Oct-13 22:47:47

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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