A few weeks ago when I arrived home I found a parcel of books behind the door. The best kind of post to arrive home to.
There were two books enclosed, the first is a book called Seb and Hamish (Jude Daly illustrated by Niki Daly). This is a lovely little book that Daniel took to straight away. He promptly handed it to my mum and sat whilst she read it to him. Since then it has been a regular feature in our reading pile.
It’s a lovely book that tells the story of Seb and his mummy who go visiting to a house where Hamish live. Seb is a little unsure of Hamish but the books tells us how he overcomes this fear in his own way. It’s a lovely gentle story and it is so wonderfully illustrated.
This book is aimed at children at a little older than Daniel, however he has always enjoyed listening to stories so this is perfect for that next step or a slightly longer book for him. He enjoys pointing out the various things he can see in the book to me and telling me about Hamish.
Niki Daly, the illustrator, has filled the pages with colour and you get a real sense of the excitability of little Hamish. He has won a fair few awards for his work, and I can see why. Illustrators are so important to children’s books, as it’s often the reason a young child will engage with a book and this book is beautifully illustrated and is, I am sure, part of the reason Daniel enjoys it so much.
The second book we received is The Strongest Boy in the World by Jessica Souhami. This is another lovely book with a great moral to it, and does a good job of helping to challenge gender stereotypes (something that I am ever keen to do for both Daniel and Emma). I wasn’t familiar with this story but it a famous Japanese story and I imagine it is one passed down from generation to generation. The illustrations in this are quite different and I was interested to read that Jessica Souhami in the past made shadow puppets, and traveled the country retelling traditional stories using the puppets.
The illustrations in the Strongest Boy in the World are very reminiscent of this style of puppet and have me yearning to take Daniel and Emma to a puppet show.
Daniel wasn’t really interested in this book first of all, but he has brought it to me to read more recently and both him and Emma enjoy sitting and looking at the illustrations.
My Uncle lived in Japan for a time and used to send over various books (which must be in my parents loft somewhere!) and the style of images reminds me very much of those.
This will be a book that we read time and time again, and it is a lovely introduction to traditional stories from other countries. I see Jessica Souhami has a few other books and I will be adding some of these to the (ever increasing!) wish list for Daniel and Emma.
I was sent a copy of each of these books in exchange for a fair and honest review.