Your Turn Now – True stories of Kindness for Children

Book Name: Your Turn Now – True stories of Kindness for Children

Author: Lubaina Bandukwala 

Publisher: FunOkPlease Content Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

Theme/Topic:Your Turn Now, the book contains more than 40 children’s stories for kids about making the world a better place through simple acts of kindness. 



What You’ll Love About This Book : I read somewhere “Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. “By Patty O’Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education.

Stories always captivate minds. They are better to instill any concept than loads of theory.Recently when I found this book I realized how true is that.  Your Turn Now book does the same. It will be an enlightening read! Make the world a better place to live in!.I finished this book at one go as I was aware of the concept, but the presentation of this book to a 5 year old child is what makes this book special.This book tells us real stories how people have found out ways to help people for not any favor but just as gesture to make this world a better place to live. And how the chain is followed by others. A very inspiring and positive book. This book is a must read book for all ages.

 

The Gruffalo’s Child

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Book Name : The Gruffalo’s Child

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

Theme/TopIc: One dark night the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist . . . does he?

 

What You’ll Love About This Book :The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson is a sequel to the fantastic The Gruffalo. The story is told in lovely rhyming language and can be brought to life with some good voicevariations! Julia Donaldson always produces brilliant books which are colourful and encourage children to look at the pictures.In this book the young Gruffalo sets off into the woods to find the Big Bad Mouse that her father has told her stories about. On her adventure she meets the snake, fox, owl and finally the famous mouse. The pictures in the book are full of colour to keep our attention and we loved the cheeky little mouse. We thought that the Gruffalo’s child was probably about our age and very brave.A worthy addition to the little one’s library! 

The Paper Dolls

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Book Name : The Paper Dolls

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

Theme/Topic:A little girl makes a string of paper dolls with her mother, and then takes them off to play in an imaginative world of her own…

What You’ll Love About This Book :Absolutely fantastic book. You may know the book “Gruffalo” by the same author.A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of THE GRUFFALO, and illustrating by Rebecca Cobb.The Paper Dolls is a very special book that tackles the delicate subject of loss. It uses the idea of a fragile toy, a paper chain of dolls that becomes a favorite toy to a little girl, and explores what happens to something important to us after it is broken or leaves us forever.
The dolls jump, dance and sing on their fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden.One day a cruel boy snips the girl’s favorite paper dolls and the girl is NOT sad:I think this book touches on the passing of time as the book comes full circle with the character going from a girl to an adult.With beautiful pages,other than that a great read with charming illustrations to compliment it , this lovely picture book is ideal for sharing and will touch both children and adults alike. Full of imagination and perfect for late night reading.
I highly recommend this book for the way it introduces children, in a fun and charming way, to the idea that nothing lasts forever.

The Snail And The Whale

Book Name : The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

Type: Picture book, Rhyme

Theme/Topic: What happens when a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail.

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What You’ll Love About This Book : This story is written by Julia Donaldson who is known as an award-winning and much-loved UK children’s author and her collaboration with equally talented Axel Scheffler, who achieved worldwide acclaim for his illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 27 languages.The duo made it such a beautiful and memorable both visually and verbally.Containing beautiful illustrations and featuring Donaldson’s trademark hypnotic rhyming The Snail and the Whale will delight children between the ages of 3 and 8. Travel, adventure, friendship and kindness are the book’s main themes within a nautical tale that sounds best when read out aloud.It allows for participation in the reading process and is a great book for working on sounding out different words with children. The vocabulary occasionally require explanation, however it all helps to broaden little minds as well.

A beautiful addition to a little one’s library.

The Gruffalo

 

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Book Name : The Gruffalo

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

Theme/TopIc: The quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry Gruffalo . . .

 What You’ll Love About This Book : The Gruffalo certainly lives up to its reputation as a classic read for both children and parents.The short rhymes and their repetitive structure make THE GRUFFALO a fun book to read aloud.The text are fantastic illustrations by Axel Scheffler bringing the story to life. The illustrator uses vibrant colors to create the mouse (and Gruffalo’s!) forest world.Julia Donaldson’s unique style allows the reader to bring the story to life for their little ones.This is a book that grows with your child – the rhythmical style of reading captivates very young readers and as they develop, and so too their verbal skills, it allows the child to get into character themselves – even reciting verses.A worthy addition to the little one’s library! 

When I Grow Up

Book Name : When I Grow Up

Author : Mercy Mayer

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers;

Theme/Topic:Little Critter’s sister dreams about all the beautiful things she will do when she grows up.She will be a Ballet Dance then a funniest clown then a world-famous dr. and many more.

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What You’ll Love About This Book : Little Critter is our favourite. I have already posted a review from one of its series. The illustrations offered by Mercer Mayer on the pages of ‘When I Grow Up’ are so well done child pleasing and full of clues relating to the words on the pages.The best thing I like about this it is handy to have a child pleasing book to use to help children develop the perception that there are many achievable occupations open in life.This is the kind of book I think Not only do children will love these books, but parents love to READ THEM!!

I’m Not Cute!

Book Name : I’m Not Cute

Author : Jonathan Allen

Publisher : Boxer Books

Theme/Topic: A little owl  is very cute and no one can resist telling him. And his is so tired of all the other (and bigger) animals patting his head and  commenting on how fluffy, tiny and cute he is. In fact, he is so frustrated.

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What You’ll Love About This Book : This is such a cute story.There probably isn’t a little kid out there who wishes he/she weren’t so little and when constantly being told you are cute can be annoying for a child who longs to be big and strong. This is the perfect heartwarming bedtime story for you to read to your little one.Everything from the illustrations to the story to the way it leaves you feeling inside. Baby owl is JUST like our youngest child.It’s a priceless book.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Book Name:The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Author & Illustrator : Eric Carle

Type : Picture Book

Theme/Topic: A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself.

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What You’ll Love About This Book : This is again one of the best story by Eric Carle.My son’s one of the favorite story whenever he reads it he just can’t stop giggling… He loved the concept of the chameleon getting mixed up with other animals features.It’s an extremely enjoyable read.The story ends on a very positive note with the chameleon being happy with his true natural form. I liked the subtle story message of being happy just the way you are. Good story to read aloud to younger children and for kids who learning to read.

Activities: All Eric Carle’s books are very famous and there are lot of activities based on his stories.A good art and craft activity can done with this story.
 

No Matter What

Book Name :No Matter What

Author: Debi Gilori

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Type: Picture book

Theme/Topic: The little fox in a bad mood and thinking if her mumma fox won’t love her forever.

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What You’ll Love About This Book : This is an excellent book. It’s short yet deeply moving story of a fox mother and fox child. Beautifully explores unconditional love for all ages. This is teaching the meaning of No Matter What, the acceptance and love,facing everything bravely and come what may your parents will love you always whatever they will become. Must read.

Activities if any: Not as such.

The Day the Crayons Quit

Book Name: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author : Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Type: Picture book

Theme/Topic: Duncan wants to do coloring but colors are on strike today.They all are unhappy about how they are being used.

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What You’ll Love About This Book :Wonderful book! Such a delight.It’s a beautiful story line, where each of those crayons are speaking their mind out. This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.There is nothing I did not like about this book. We learned from this story that you should always colour with all your colors to keep them happy! :).My favorite part of this book was when peach crayon wouldn’t come out of his box because he was naked!Hilarious . . .I give this book a 5 out of 5. This book is ideal for above 3-year-old though younger one can enjoy pictures. Its a must be read to all age kids.

Activities: This story will help you to do number of activities with your little one. Coloring is main.As its again one of the famous series so you can even find activities based on the story on the Pinterest and on you tube.