Any old weather is Alfie weather and as Alfie demonstrates, there s always lots to do come rain or shine Whether it s exploring frozen puddles on a frosty winter s day wading through a cool stream on a hot summer s afternoon or taking a pretend journey to the North Pole, Alfie s world is a great place to be This stunning collection of stories and poems will delight all Alfie fans


10 thoughts on “Alfie Weather

  1. Andrew Davies Andrew Davies says:

    This is my third Shirley Hughes picture book review, and another in the Alfie series As usual, Hughes stories inspire awe and wonder at the everyday, rather than humour or adventure in the extraordinary or nonsensical Alfie Weather includes a variety of short illustrated stories, in each of which Alfie and his family experience a different type of weather Alfie first explores a rainy day both indoors and out with his grandma and little sister then he enjoys a summer walk in the countrysid This is my third Shirley Hughes picture book review, and another in the Alfie series As usual, Hughes stories inspire awe and wonder at the everyday, rather than humour or adventure in the extraordinary or nonsensical Alfie Weather includes a variety of short illustrated stories, in each of which Alfie and his family experience a different type of weather Alfie first explores a rainy day both indoors and out with his grandma and little sister then he enjoys a summer walk in the countryside with mum there is a wintry sunrise and an icy evening walk with the whole family then towards the end of the book, words fade away and we are left with beautiful illustrations of a snowy British countryside Having previously read picture book stories based around the weather Sam Usher s Rain and Snow and children s non fiction on climate and temperature Jim Pipe s Seasons , this book falls neatly in the middle, giving beautiful factual descriptions of typical UK weather environments and their effect on nature both animals and plants , whilst at the same time describing a fictional family walking around among them For EYFS, the book supports a number of the Early Learning Goals Understanding the World would benefit from discussing and experiencing the weather and its effect on children s locality Expressive Arts and Design could be connected through children exploring natural materials in the way Alfie does the linking of sounds under Literacy would be supported by the poems Hughes incorporates about foxes about town or Alfie s love of the wet, hot, icy or cloudy There s even room for some RE, as Alfie s mum describes the story of Adam and Eve to him when they compare their summer surroundings to the Garden of Eden, and a post script tells us that Hughes accompanying illustration was inspired by a Masaccio fresco located in a church in Florence As in my previous Alfie review, perhaps the traditional white, two parent two children family lacks inclusivity, with a consequent loss of engagement for children who struggle to identify much of their own life in Alfie s or the places he is lucky enough to experience Nevertheless, all children in the UK do experience the weather to a greater or lesser extent, and teachers might well be able to adapt Alfie s weather encounters into ones their pupils could enjoy around the school, in the local community, or on school trips to green spaces such as the WWT Wetland Centres or London Royal Parks


  2. Emkoshka Emkoshka says:

    Having read nearly all the Alfie books now, I have to say that this one is my favourite The illustrations are colourful and sharp and the stories are imbued with the blissful idyll of the English countryside Magic