At work yesterday, where I was taking a Year 1 class (aged 5 and 6), I was introduced to a new book – well, it was new to me, but it was published in 2007. It’s called Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
It’s a simple, rhyming story about aliens who love underpants so much that they come to earth to steal them from washing lines, or to use the ones that are hanging out to dry to play games. In the course of reading the book aloud to the class some interesting questions came up – “Aren’t underpants just for boys? Some of these look like girls’ ones.”, “What are bloomers?”, “What are Long Johns?” Who’d have thought that an interesting discussion on different types of underwear would form part of my teaching day!
At the back of the book, the two end pages are covered with drawings of different styles and colours of underpants. We had a vote on which were the best ones – the ‘Pirate’ ones with the skull and crossbones on were very popular, as were the red trimmed white pair with the red heart in the centre. It was almost the most enthusiastic the children had been all day!
My favourites are the blue and white spotted bloomers! Which ones would you choose?