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What we’re reading: Can You Keep a Secret?

In our opinion, children just aren’t exposed to enough traditional rhymes anymore. Sharing them with your children aids memory, and encourages a love of rhythm, rhyme and poetry. It’s also FUN!

Can You Keep a Secret? (Timeless rhymes to share and treasure)
Can You Keep a Secret? (Timeless rhymes to share and treasure)

Can You Keep a Secret? is a selection of rhymes from a variety of cultures presented in a gorgeous hardback book. The illustrations, by Jobi Murphy, are appealing, colourful and simple.

The rhymes  have been selected by Mark Carthew and are divided into sections: nursery rhymes, playtime rhymes, action rhymes, counting rhymes, finger plays, and lullabies and gentle rhymes.

Highly recommended!

Review copy provided by Random House


This post was added by Rebecca Newman. Rebecca is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. For more about Rebecca visit:

2 thoughts on “What we’re reading: Can You Keep a Secret?

  1. Can’t agree more!

    For those interested, I’ve just finished a special MUSIC CD to go with this title featuring some of my favorites… Timeless songs to share and treasure. It’s available via Random House Australia.

    It features some very cool musicians and some variations on traditional verse, that I hope will engage children even more with the intrinsic musicality of some of these great rhymes.

    Cheers, MARK

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