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Rhyming Stories III

One of my favourite rhyming story authors is the New Zealander Lynley Dodd.


She writes and illustrates stories about Hairy Maclary and his friends, as well as Slinki Malinki the cat, Zachary Quack the duck, and Schnitzel von Krumm the sausage dog.  This is just a selection; when my children were small they were bought a 5 book collection of Hairy Maclary stories, and they quickly learnt the rhythm of the stories and all the names of Hairy Maclary's friends.

My selection here:



  1. Hairy Maclary - 5 Lynley Dodd stories
  2. Hairy Maclary SIT
  3. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
  4. Dragon in a wagon
  5. Hairy Maclary's Bone
  6. Schnitzel von Krumm's basketwork
  7. Slinki malinki
  8. Slinki Malinki Open the Door
  9. Scarface Claw
Do you have any Lynley Dodd favourites?
Can you add to my list, have I missed any?

And for all of you who who work with children in the Early Years.  Here are some useful links to the EYFS for RHYMING STORIES.


Communication and Language (listening)
• Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.
• Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.
• Listens with interest to the noises adults make when they read stories.
• Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
• Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Literacy (reading)
• Interested in books and rhymes and may have favourites.
• Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.
• Repeats words or phrases from familiar stories.
• Fills in the missing word or phrase in a known rhyme, story or game
• Enjoys rhyming and rhythmic activities.
• Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration.
• Recognises rhythm in spoken words.
• Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

I have taken the statements above from Development Matters, and just picked out those that refer to rhyming stories.

Look out for more rhyming story ideas another time.

Enjoy!

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