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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


The Mum-Minder by Jacqueline Wilson
Published by Corgi Yearling, 1994
ISBN 0-440-86302-3
Illustrations © Nick Sharratt, 1993

Jacqueline Wilson is renowned for her sensitive treatment of ordinary issues common to today’s children. The Mum-Minder deals in the author’s inimitable and humourous way with Sadie’s mum’s dilemma when she falls ill.

When Mum gets the flu, Sadie not only takes her place as child minder to the babies she cares for; she also becomes a mum-minder. It’s her half-term but instead of having a break from school she spends her time looking after three-year-old Gemma, two-year-old Vincent, baby Clive and her own baby sister, Sara.

But loyal to their motto, "us girls have got to stick together", Sadie, with the help of all the mums, copes until her mum is back on her feet again.

The Mum-Minder is a Corgi Yearling book ideally suited to children who have mastered the art of reading alone. The typically funny illustrations by Nick Sharratt add to the appeal of the story to young readers.

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