I posted a week or so ago about the wonderful books that were sent to us just before we left for our break to Bluestone. Two books that were included in the bundle were from Frances Lincoln and both are really interesting books. The first is a really innovative book that is part of a wider series, and this is series that I think will do really well. The series, Classics unfolded is a new series of books from Frances Lincoln and are a really modern twist on some classics. I was sent a copy of The Secret Garden. The book is a fold out that covers 16 scenes from the original book and includes quotes from the original text and summaries of the key themes. It is a really interesting and innovative twist on a classic story, and it made me want to read the secret garden again in full. There are four books in this series so far, Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Secret Garden. If Emma is reproduced in this format I will be buying it. The book is innovative in that it actually doubles up as a lovely piece of art. The illustrator, Becca Stadtlander has a really lovely style and there is much to see if you look closely at the book. It is a really inviting look at the classics, which can often seem dense and without relevance to a modern reader. I can see this series being a staple of our home library as they are so well priced at £6.99 per book and they are such a wonderful introduction to the classic authors. The second book I was sent to have a read through is quite different to the above, but also a modern book that looks at things in a different way. The Great Big Book of Families takes a new look at what a family is today. I hadn’t really thought much about how families are portrayed in the books we read, but often it’s mum, dad a boy and a girl. That looks pretty much like our personal set up, but that isn’t really representative of how things are for everyone. The book is in a really accessible format for all ages and Daniel has been quite engaged on some sections of this that he can relate to and has an understanding of. So things like the family tree and his grandparents etc. What I liked about this book is that it can be dipped in and out of and I can see this being a useful tool as Daniel and Emma learn more about the world around them. I liked the bit about celebrations and holidays. There are some things that we do and don’t do as a family that others may find different, so I can see this book being useful for Daniel and Emma to start to understand the many different ways of living that people have, and that different ways of doing things isn’t the wrong way. The illustrations are really lovely too and I think that, no matter what your own individual set up is I am sure that you will be able to find an example within the book that you and your children can identify with. This is a really lovely book with a gentle introduction to the many differences that exist between people. I love the style of this book and have since added the Great Big book of Feelings to my wish list for Daniel and Emma as I think it will be a great book to help them in managing their emotions – the terrible twos are quite difficult! I’m thrilled to be able to offer one reader the chance to win these two books. To be in with a chance, complete the rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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- The competition will close on 24 April 2015