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: 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: 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.
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 : 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 : 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!