Well – we have had a busy month with thing and another – days out and Mr D’s third birthday I seem to have fallen behind with sharing some of our recent reads.
We were lucky enough to receive a package in early October from the team at Abrams & Chronicle Books with some lovely books in.
Such is the frequency with which we get books that I often stash them away from the children otherwise I find my days planned suddenly scuppered when they see what books we are looking at! However when I opened the box I knew we would HAVE to sit and read them immediately.
First up we read My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau. The book is wonderfully illustrated and there is so much discussion to have with older toddlers about this book. The narrator talks about how his elder brother is just like an elephant but his mum is like a giraffe. This was a lovely book to share with the children and it’s one I have seen Mr D take off the shelf and read to himself a few times.
We talked about what an elephant is like as well as the other animals that are described. We then had a think about what sort of animals we were (cheeky monkeys for Mr D and Miss E!) and a frog for me – always jumping from job to job and place to place.
It’s a good book for introducing some thought-provoking ideas for older toddlers and I enjoyed reading this with Mr D very much.
We then moved on to the simply amazing Tree of Wonder by Kate Messner and illustrated by Simona Mulazzani. Tree of Wonder is set in a rainforest tree and explores just how many different things the tree is home to.
There is a lot of detail in this book, and the numbers grow page by page from two green macaws to 1,024 leafcutter ants. There is a wealth of information in this book and it would be a lovely starter for a study unit on the rainforest. There are also links in the back to other places to get further information.
The book is aimed at 4-6 year olds. Mr D is a little young for a lot of the information in the book but he enjoyed looking at the stunning pictures and learning the names of some new creatures. It is a beautiful book.
Next up is Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd which is a lovely book of opposites.
Mr D loved this as did Miss E. It’s got lovely bold illustrations that are great for conversations about size and shape. I have to confess this was my least favourite to read, but the children both really enjoyed this book and they insist on me reading it to them so it must work for them, and I must admit it is growing on me a little now!
The finally book in the box was the star for us – All Shook Up! by Alain Crozon.
This is a brilliant book and aimed at 0-3 year olds (but it will require some supervision from less than careful toddlers!) This is a lift the flap book with a difference – it really needs to be seen to be appreciated.
As you can possibly see in the image above, there are arrows showing the direction in which to pull the tabs. The Hippo’s mouth opens wide once his tongue is pulled down and in the image below the donkey kicks his legs out.
Both the children adore this book, as do I and I had to hide it from them one afternoon as they wanted to read it continuously! It’s such a fab book that is a joy to read and play with.