Clever Tykes Books Review
Sophie does love her books and really enjoys being read to. The Clever Tykes series however is much too old for Sophie, but due to my teaching experience, I’ve been asked to write this Clever Tykes Books Review!
I’ve worked in Key Stage 2 during a lot of my teaching career and have taught many Guided Reading & PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) lessons. I am always looking for new ideas to engage children during these lessons and ways to develop key life skills such as determination, perseverance, willingness to learn & take advice etc. PSHE also gives children the opportunity to think about their future aspirations.
This is where Clever Tykes comes in…
The underlying purpose of each story in the Clever Tykes series is to get young people thinking about their own skills, passions & ambitions. The main character in each story discovers they each have something they are really care about and discover along the way that they can also make this passion into a business venture.
- ‘Walk-It Willow’ makes a ‘business’ out of walking the local dogs, but has to get better organised;
- ‘Code-It Cody” is great and overcomes a number of personal challenges to write the perfect computer game
- ‘Change-It Cho’ pursues her ambition of raising awareness of healthy eating and sets up a market stall despite opposition
Using these books…
As teachers during Guided Reading / PSHE or as parents reading them at home, we can be encouraging children to consider their own ambitions & start thinking about future careers. I often would ask children about what they would like to be in the future and often they didn’t know. Those that did know would say a range of wonderful careers! However, not once did a child ever say they wanted to start their own business. Probably because they don’t know what this actually means!
- Time management
- Goal setting
Hopefully these books, and others like it, will get children to stop and think about more realistic opportunities for their futures and the importance of working hard.
Content and Layout…
I felt that the Willow & Cody stories are straightforward and more believable, better suiting the recommended age group. However, younger readers may find some words challenging & would need support. The story of Cho I felt was more complex and involves her breaking the rules; however frustrating they might have been. Some of the vocabulary in this story was more challenging e.g. bulbous / prototype / serpentine & would certainly need explanation.
Overall the layout and size of text suits the age group with simple line drawings, short paragraphs, short chapters and double spacing of text.
I think Clever Tykes are onto something with the notion of giving life skills & entrepreneurial messages through characters that many children can identify with.
The books are good for joint/group reading as it will get children asking questions & stimulate discussion. They will also be encouraged to consider the value of hard work, being organised, not being worried about trying something new & following their interests.
I am aware that these books have been sent to all UK primary schools free of charge thanks to sponsorship and support from Lloyds Banking Group.
Clever Tykes have also had the innovative idea of an enterprise portal. This is available to all schools and parents where a range of digital resources can be accessed. Just ask your school for the parent code.
We were sent these books in exchange for a Clever Tykes Books Review. All opinions are my own 🙂