Little Mabel blew a bubble, and it caused a lot of trouble…
Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way.
For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table,
where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away.
I have been reading to my daughter since she was a few days old. When I returned to work at the beginning of April, I began checking out children’s books that came across my desk for her. One such book that I checked out for her is Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar. Bubble Trouble is a story told in rhyme about a little girl named Mabel who blows a bubble and all the trouble that ensues when the bubble wafts her baby brother away.
My favorite part of Bubble Trouble is the rhyming and alliteration. Just on the first page, the B sound is repeated over and over again, much to the delight of my young daughter. Babies need to hear the same sounds repeated over and over again, so this book is a perfect book to read aloud to a young child. The rhymes, which are also great for language development in young children, are also very clever. Every second and fourth line ends in a rhyme such as tense and fence or coughed and aloft.
I also really love the illustrations in Bubble Trouble. Watching the baby waft through page after page in the bubble is cute and fun. The people in the story are interestingly drawn but still recognizable. Overall, the illustrations on each page are simple but eye-catching. My daughter had just as much fun looking at the pictures as I did reading the story aloud to her.
Final Verdict: Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar is a great book for helping young children develop their language skills. The illustrations in this story are great, but my favorite part is definitely the alliteration and rhymes. I highly recommend Bubble Trouble to any parent with a young baby.
Bubble Trouble Cover © 2012 Heather Johnson
Bubble Trouble Illustrations © 2012 Heather Johnson