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What's the Time, Wilfred Wolf? (Storytime)

by Jessica Barrah

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Wilfred Wolf has been invited to Ella the rabbit's birthday party. All his friends will be there and he's really looking forward to it. His problem is, the invitation is for 3 o'clock and he can't tell the time.
But Wilfred has good friends and they are happy to help him, it just doesn't work, things keep getting wrong. Amelia Squirrel lent him her watch, but it didn't survive the bath he took with it and when Oscar Owl is happy to give him a call at three, it's 3 in the morning, as the owl is just awake during the night. Eventually the little mice have an idea. Will it work and will Wilfred be able to tell when it's 3 o'clock?

You can't help, but immediately like Wilfred Wolf and it's funny and cheerful to watch his trouble, when he tries his best to get to the party on time.
I love the idea, that the owl sends him to the party in the middle of the night at 3 a.m., which shows young children, it's good to be able to tell the difference between 3 a.m and 3 p.m. (Something I can fully understand and which still stresses me sometimes when making appointments, as in my home-country the clocks tick with 24-hour rhythm.)

There are also lots of tiny details to look out for, which is always a lot of fun for kids. The illustrations are just adorable, my son loved them.
The book is a basic introduction for young ones to be able to tell the full hour, it doesn't go into details for quarter past etc, and the story gives a good idea, why it's sensible to be able to tell what time it is.
The last page offers good suggestions to parents and teachers for next steps and contains interesting questions to engage the children further with the story and ideas for activities, like drawing or playing the game "What's the time, Mr. Wolf?".

Overall a highly enjoyable picture book to encourage the first time-telling attempts. ( )
  MasterReadersBooks | May 31, 2015 |
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Wilfred Wolf can't tell the time. Big hands and little hands are too confusing! When Wilfred gets invited to a party, he's faced with a problem: how will he know when it's time to go?

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