The Ugly Five

Book Name : The Ugly Five

Author:Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Publisher:  Alison Green Books

Theme/Topic: Meet Big Five Ugliest Animals in African Savannah

What You’ll Love About This Book:We love Julia Donaldson books (especially Gruffalo) like crazy.Recently we got this book from a nearby library and I realized you can always blindly trust Julia Donaldson to deliver a top quality kids read (that can also be enjoyed by the adults reading it to them over and over). Me and Master R really enjoy her rhyming, fun-filled tales, particularly those wonderfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. In this one the pictures and the underlying story of the lesser-loved animals (as opposed to the famed ‘Big Five in African safaris)

Few months back I got a chance to visit Masai Mara (https://www.maasaimara.com/) so ‘R’ also heard variety of words already which are given in the book e.g Savannah,Big Five,Wilder beast etc. So reading this book to him was a so much fun.

Frankly there are many splendid animals that tourists want to see when they are on safari in Africa, but only rarely does someone long to spot the five creatures introduced in this book. One by one, they come together for a stroll on a Savannah, owning the word Ugly with pride. After all, they are rather ugly, and it might be hard to like them–unless, that is, you are one of their babies, and then, they are as handsome as could possibly be. The surprise ending of the book is what makes it and leaves you feeling all warm inside as everyone is pretty to someone.

At the end of the book it asks a questions if you went to the safari, which animals would you like to see? . It introduces children to the different gangs; the big five, the little five, the shy five and the ugly five. The children can then develop a better understanding of the different animals that live in Africa.

Though this book is not a classic one also not Donaldson’s best work but yes if your kids love picture books,love animal books and especially love Julia Donaldson’s books then don’t miss to read this.

Happy Reading!!!!

A Silly Story Of Bondapalli

Book Name: A Silly Story Of Bondapalli

Author:  Shamim Padamsee

Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan

Publisher:  Tulika Publishers

Theme/Topic: As the name says “Silly” so the story is. It is no doubt a Bondaful story.

What You’ll Love About This Book: We read this book recently and we just loved it . This is the cutest, funniest book I’ve come across in a long time. We just laughed ,laughed and laughed. If you like to read funny books this is for you don’t look for any moral from the book.But surely it will tickle you .You will giggle and chuckle. 🙂

A prince refused to eat and the royal cook mistakenly invented a new snack of  hot golden balls that the prince thought were Wonderful which sounded like Bondaful with his mouth stuffed and that’s how the kingdom came to be known as Bondapalli.

A silly story of Bondapalli, is a not so silly story with simply Bondaful illustrations to match. Illustrations are so beautiful which you gonna love .Must read for all kids.

The Giving Tree

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Book Name: The Giving Tree

Author:  Shel Silverstein

Illustrator: Shel Silverstein

Publisher:  Penguin

Theme/Topic: It is about a relationship between a loving tree that gives and gives to a selfish little boy.

What You’ll Love About This Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a fictional poetic picture book.I came across this book recently  and while the book is written for children, the message is a universal one: Selfless love. I couldn’t help crying when I got to the end.
In the story, the little boy visited the tree every day. He came to eat her apples, swing on her branches, rest, and sit on her trunk. The tree was very happy to have this boy, but one day he stopped coming because he “grew up”.  It is as if the tree symbolized a parent who will happily do anything for their child because they love them. However, the child does not appreciate the “gift of giving”, he only takes and takes.
So our “giving tree” is our parents who constantly gives us everything.Even when the world shuts you down, your parents will always be there for you. The essential moral here is that unconditional love does exist. For me this book is a good read and moreover to understand the depth of this re read it time to time then your child can get the true essence of it.

At the same time I also feel this book either you can love it or hate it also.If you think about it deeply may be you can feel selfless love as beautiful, but why to take it so extreme. Someone can feel this is showing a parent who doesn’t know how to set limits. Anyways this book has something in it we can surely read it with an open mind.

If you read it already what you feel after reading this ?  I will be really happy if you share your thoughts in comments below.

I’m important too! – A New Baby

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Book Name: I’m important too! – A New Baby

Author:  Jen Green

Illustrator: Mike Gordon

Publisher:  Wayland (Publishers) Ltd

Theme/Topic: Rachel’s mom expecting the second baby and what all emotions Rachel is going through….

What You’ll Love About This Book:  This sensitive and entertaining book thoughtfully helps children to understand their feelings about the addition of a baby to their family. We love this book as my son going through a similar phase these days . Very soon we will welcome another baby that’s the reason we could connect with the story so well.

If a new baby is expected in the family,your child may feel anxious. This book really helps how to encourage him or her to talk about feelings.How the new baby will bring changes.Talking about feelings nearly always helps.With amusing pictures and simple text ,this book presents the arrival of a new baby in a positive,reassuring way.

It’s a good read if you going through the similar situation 🙂

Together

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Book Name: Together

Author:  Jane Simmons

Publisher:  Orchard Books

Theme/Topic: This picture book’s theme is the similarities and differences. Two dogs that are very different at all levels are very good friends. So a conflict!  They cannot accept each other’s differences….

What You’ll Love About This Book: Too cute! Me and my son both loved picture books and we found this really really cute.
“Together” is a delightful story of the ups and downs of having a best friend. Author introduces kids to two adorable dogs, big Mousse and little Nut, who become friends one rainy day. Soon, they are doing everything together, until they start to notice little differences. And when those differences become more pronounced, their friendship falls apart…until they learn a valuable life lesson about commitment and sticking it out.
A great story about how despite your differences, you can still be best friends. I think this book does a great job showing kids that no matter how different their friends are, they can still find a common ground and become best friends like Mousse and Nut. Loved the message that we don’t have to do everything together in order to be best friends.It’s a worth buy.

Lemonade For Sale

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Book Name: Lemonade for Sale

Author: Stuart J Murphy

Illustrator:  Tricia Tusa

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Theme/Topic: This Books is about four children who needs some money to fix their clubhouse, so they decide to sell Lemonade.

What You’ll Love About This Book: This book was so cute and very easy to read. This book teaches a valuable lesson about money.

The children need money to build a new clubhouse and they decide selling lemonade is the best way to raise the funds. They sell lemonade for five days and keep track of their sales on a Bar Graph. The illustrations are amazingly detailed and add a little humor also to this educational story. The story helps readers understand how to read bar graphs and create them. Since this topic may be difficult for students to understand

This is a great book to teach economics as well! It teaches young kids can also earn money if they want to. This would be a great book to discuss needs and wants. If you want something you can find a way to earn the money to get it.

I found this book worth reading to develop Math and as well as life skills.

A note to parents is included in the back to offer tips for teaching and additional resources about bar graphs.

Aditi Zoo

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Book Name:  Aditi Zoo

Author:        AmrutashMisra & Kruttika

Publisher:    Multistory Learning Pvt Ltd.

Theme/Topic: This is a story about Aditi who is go-getter and wants something very much.Her father sets challenges for her. Read to know how she does all….

What You’ll Love About This Book:  This is a recent addition and we really enjoyed reading this. Aditi a 6-year-old girl she wants something very much and her father keep giving her challenges to earn her wish.And She is very independent and a real go-getter and never give up.

We really like the name of the characters especially ‘Abhinaya Kutti’. Pictures are super cute. Aditi is a delight. So much thought has given to the story the mother’s progression shown very cutely. A good read for 5-8 year kids.

 

नयी लड़की

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Book Name: नयी लड़की

Author:        Srividhya Venkat

Illustrator:    Sayan Mukherjee

Publisher:    Pratham Books

 

Theme/Topic: मीरा की कक्षा में एक नयी लड़की आयी है। कुछ बच्चे उसे तरह-तरह के नामों से बुलाते हैं क्योंकि वह कुछ अलग सी दिखती है। क्या उस लड़की की सबसे दोस्ती हुई?

What You’ll Love About This Book: Frankly finding a good Hindi story book was always a little challenge for me but when I came across Prathambooks we just loved their book.Pratham Books is a non-for-profit organization that publishes books in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. Their books are recent addition in our library.And little one wants to read this also .Now reading Hindi books became equally fun. And the best part they are so affordable and less expensive.

If you want to introduced Hindi books to kids this is a must have.

This is a beautiful story about “Accepting people who look different and also not being prejudiced and most import lesson of accepting ourselves.

Many people look different to us because of the country they come from, or because of their physical differences. It is unkind to laugh at people just because they look different.We are all different and we can’t change the way that we look.We will only make ourselves unhappy if we worry about our appearances.Accept ourselves the way we are is very important.

Stories are the best way to teaching these things to kids.This story covers this beautifully.

Bear Feels Ill

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Book Name:  Bear Feels Ill

Author:        Karma Wilson

Illustrator:    Jane Chapman

Publisher:    Simon & Schuster

Theme/Topic:There is nothing worse than feeling ill, as Bear soon comes to learn.

What You’ll Love About This Book:

Last month my son was not keeping well for almost a week and he was sleeping almost entire day. He doesn’t want to play but surely want me to read aloud more…..he correlated his situation with this story so much as asked me to read this only many times in a day and what mumma can do so I read this again and again J

This is such a sweet story about what true friendship is about. This story about a bear who feels sick! His friends want him to come out and play, but he feels too unwell to go. His friends come over and comfort him as best they can. I love how much thought is put into the words on the pages. Such a cute way to show kids how to take care of someone who is sick.

Lots of rhyming words which is fun to read. The illustrations are done in acrylic paint. They are absolutely adorable and colorful. The facial expressions are well done. The pictures give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. This story is perfect for a read aloud during illness.

 

Gajapati Kulapati Gurrburrrrooom!

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Book Name:  Gajapati Kulapati Gurrburrrrooom!

Author:         Ashok Rajagopalan

Illustrator:   Ashok Rajagopalan

Publisher:    Tulika Publishers

Theme/Topic: A cute elephant with a funny name and lots of friends. But elephant is fell sick…

What You’ll Love About This Book: This is the latest addition in our library and we are just loving this. I don’t know why I didn’t buy this earlier. As this is a perfect read aloud book. You can start reading this as early as possible.

A little cute elephant with a funny name and he has lots of friends and all love him. A cheerful cast of characters. A simple story that will appeal to the youngest readers. Fun sounds that can be made while reading aloud.

A heavy meal given by his loving friends hat the Gajapati gets a tummy ache. What do Gajapati’s friends do to make him feel better? What is the best way to get rid of an annoying stomach ache? (It involves a certain ‘f-word’ that children love.).

The illustrations by author are inviting and entertaining. Gajapati looks quite adorable and the sounds that accompany the story is so cheerful. A perfect read aloud or read along picture book. For young readers. A must read. Happy Reading!!!