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Helen Cooper



Michael Rosen examines the upsetting business of getting lost, with the absorbing picture book Pipkin of Pepper by Helen Cooper, which helps children handle this important matter.

In the programme, reception children use role play and make soup to explore this engaging book.

Also in the programme, Michael Rosen's Rant tackles synthetic phonics; he claims to have discovered the design fault in this method of teaching reading.

John Richmond, educational writer, Sonya Bartley, a secondary English teacher and Winsome Thomas, a teacher adviser, read Purple Hibiscus, the debut novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


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