Book Name : Just Saving My Money
Author: Mercer Mayer
Illustrator: Mercer Mayer
Theme/Topic: Little Critter needs a new skateboard and he learns from his dad that it takes money to get a new one….
What You’ll Love About This Book: This book is a good to read together as it will spark conversations about money, chores and costs of things. I thought this book would be a great way to introduce money and how saving money is important. It talks about that saving money is a good thing. The trip to the bank is probably out-of-date now (wish they could update it to show critter checking his balance on-line!). I thought it was pretty cool that Little Critter got to save up his money to open a bank account then had to work to save up more money to get the item he wanted. Those familiar with Mayer’s other books will find this one just as charming and the lesson about earning and saving for something that you want is a good one. . We love trying to find the mouse and spider that seems to follow the main character around, they’re always doing silly things. Fun engaging themes that any child can relate to, a great addition to any children’s library.
Book Name :Little Beaver and the Echo
Author: Amy MacDonald
Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies
Publisher: Puffin Books
Theme/Topic:This book is about Little Beaver and his echo. Little Beaver is lonely. He didn’t have any friends which made him very sad and he began to cry.
What You’ll Love About This Book: This book is about Little Beaver and his echo. Little Beaver is lonely. He didn’t have any friends which made him very sad and he began to cry. As he cries he hears someone across the pond. Is it a new friend? On the way he meets others who want a friend too. At the other side of the pond there is a wise old Beaver. He tells Little Beaver about Echo. Does Little Beaver find a friend? You will have to read the book to find out. This is a good book. It teaches that friends can be found in unexpected places. Little Beaver and the Echo is perfect for little ones at quiet-time or bedtime. The illustrations are also well done. . Great book to have in your child’s library. Ages 4-8.
Book Name : My Little Brother
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
Publisher: Walker Books
Theme/Topic:A younger Brother always Bother to his elder sister.So she started wishing if he could just disappear…
What You’ll Love About This Book:
This is a cute story of a girl and her younger brother who always follow her like a shadow. Her little Brother is a Bother; in fact, as she writes the book’s title on the mirror with lipstick, she adds the first ‘r’ in brother only as an afterthought. We have real emotions as an exasperated older sister tries all sorts of ways to get rid of her shadow of a little brother. Wishing that he would “just disappear”, the older sibling dresses as a witch and tries “magic”, him away But when she awakens one night to find her brother’s crib empty. Debi Gliori uses every device at her disposal to build suspense. Her clever arrangement of text and pictures and her double-page spread of his imagined fate were pored over again and again, as was the delightful ending. Readers who have known pesty younger siblings will relate to this very well. A very good read again and again!!!
Book Name : Owl Babies
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
Publisher: Walker Books
Theme/Topic:This is the story of three baby owls who wake up one night in their nest and found that their mother is not there, so they sit on the branch and wait, wondering when she will return……..
What You’ll Love About This Book :
This is a fabulous story.A tender tale to remind the youngest of children that Mommy always comes back. Especially as a working mother I could relate to this story so well.I found this so interesting because it does deal with the fears of mama disappearing, which is clearly related. The story involves three baby owls who wake to find mama gone and they try to reassure themselves that she is going to return soon. The youngest is not convinced and keeps repeating: “I want my mama.” It is the essential cry of the young child. It deals well with a common fear of young children, it has wonderful repetition, rich language and yet is not heavy on text. Many generations have enjoyed this book and many more will continue to love it! No doubt about it!
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.