My daughter has autism (relatively mild) and global developmental delay. She is six and, until fairly recently, her spoken language has been that of an 18-month/2 year old.
Earlier this year this became the compulsory bedtime book. All four stories.
And after a bit, she started saying the words herself. She has now committed some of them to memory and recites them to her toys. I went past her bedroom the other day and she had Dorothy the Dinosaur and a couple of other dollies she has been given lined up on the bed and I could hear, somewhat haltingly, the words
Slinky Malinki jumped high off the floor
He swung on a handle and opened the door
So this book will, I think, always have a special place in my heart.
Beyond that, Lynley Dodd is brilliant. It is actually very difficult indeed to write stories which can be easily read, even for adults: writing them in rhyming form, for small children, even more so.
A lot of children’s books fail miserably at this. Dodd is head and shoulders above most of them.