Book Name: The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Book Name : Five Little Fiends.
Author: Sarah Dyer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Theme/Topic: Five statues, each with a squat red fiend who lives inside.
What You’ll Love About This Book:This book is about sharing, cooperation, and appreciation of nature. The fiends are not scary. The best thing about this book is that it’s out of the ordinary topics, it talks about 5 little weird with ugly appearance, it talks about the importance of sharing and how even the greatest wonders of the world won’t be as wonderful if we don’t share them… it will make your kids appreciate nature and all its wonders, and how the sun the moon the ground the sea and the sky all blend together to give as this beautiful complete picture…truly it’s a good read! The artwork is superb.
We read this book few times but so far my son didn’t liked it much. Whenever I read this book he ends up asking many question who are fiends, are they real, where all I can find them and many more. So for me though this book is unique but not in our favorite list.
Book Name : We Love Bunk Beds!
Author: Paula Metcalf
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Theme/Topic: Shirley’s little sister, Doris, wants to be with Shirley EVERYWHERE!
What You’ll Love About This Book: This is such a cute book on sibling relationships. Shirley’s little sister, Doris, wants to be with her everywhere. It’s a cute sibling story how young kids behave with their elder brother or sister. They want to be with them all the time and this is not always a good thing. Can a bunk bed be the solution? Laugh out loud with the adorable Shirley and Doris in this funny story that will strike a chord with all little brothers and sisters. It’s not that great book but a cute and funny book for sure.
Book Name : Monkey Puzzle
Author: Julia Donaldson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Children’s Books
Theme/Topic: Poor little monkey! He’s lost his mum. Luckily butterfly is nearby to help him find her…
What You’ll Love About This Book: Beautiful book in typical Julia Donaldson style with fantastic illustrations.Best for all ages. This is an endearing story about a monkey who loses his Mum and is helped by a butterfly to try and find her. Throughout the book, other animals are introduced using describing what they look like. This allows the children to interact with the story and guess what the next animal may be. Monkey Puzzle is a charming jungle tale with the hallmark rhyming text of Julia Donaldson and lively illustrations of Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Very well written and illustrated. We really enjoyed reading this book.Must read for all kids till age 7.Happy Reading!!!
Book Name : Tinga Tinga Tales: Why Elephant has a Trunk
Author: Claudia Lloyd
Publisher: Puffin Books
Theme/Topic: This title tells the story of Elephant’s transformation…..
What You’ll Love About This Book: This was the first story I have read in the Tinga Tinga Tales range and it is one I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my son.This story is inspired by animal stories from Africa.Entire book is so colorful and illustrations are so vibrant which are inspired by the Tingatinga artwork of Tanzania.This is a very child friendly book with easy to understand language and beautiful,colorful pictures to compliment the story and its meaning.A funny story of how a smelly and dirty elephant got his trunk! A great lesson to teach kids that good things do come out of some bad experience. If your kids love story based on animals do read this.Its a WOW book for me for sure.