Helen Borten introduces children to seeing and listening to all that is around them in this beautifully reproduced picture book, Do You Hear What I Hear? First published in the 1950s, this fabulous vintage book still has much to impart … it is just divine.
Do You Hear What I Hear? opens with the following lines,
‘I hear sounds everywhere around me.
Sounds can do many different things.
They can put me to sleep – like a lullaby.
Or they can wake me up – like an alarm clock.
They can take me by surprise – like a sneeze.
Or they can follow me – like an echo.’
Borten’s poetic voice drifts across each and every page observing the sounds we hear … everywhere. The unique point of her writing is that she treats her little listeners with such lovely respect. Children pick up on nuances, shades of meaning which is something Borten reflects just brilliantly. As she gently chats (her accomplished voice feels just like that – warm & cosy) about the different sounds and how that can make you feel she takes her readers on a wonderful journey of contemplation and wonder.
‘Sometimes not knowing what makes a sound decides how I feel.’
Borten’s vibrantly coloured illustrations accompany her text, bringing to live her imaginings as she takes her readers on a wonderful journey.
Do You Hear What I Hear? is a magical book.
Do You See What I See? is also available, and is equally stunning.