A few weeks ago I shared a review of a book called Eddie’s tent by an author called Sarah Garland. I hadn’t read any of Sarah Garland’s books before but I really loved the easy style of her writing and how she speaks to young readers to inspire them.
The team at Frances Lincoln sent me three more of her books, Eddie’s toolbox, Eddie’s Kitchen and Azzi in Between.
Eddie’s Kitchen has been a huge hit with Daniel, and on Friday last week we read it together. Eddie make lots of things for his Grandad’s party and as soon as we finished the book, Daniel wanted to make some bread. We couldn’t as we didn’t have any yeast but we did have the right ingredients to make a cake so we decided we would do that.
I had thought we would make it Sunday afternoon as a Father’s Day surprise but Daniel wanted to make it there and then, and there was no way we would be able to hide it until Sunday, such was his excitement!
Daniel is at an age now where he really likes to be involved in things, so I am trying to make a more conscious effort to include him in the making of our meals. He had great fun mixing the butter and sugar and cracking and egg into the cake and mixing everything in. He had even more fun licking the spoons!
When Damian came home from work Daniel could barely contain his excitement and dragged Damian straight into the kitchen to see his masterpiece. I was quite impressed that he could, more or less, tell me the ingredients that we had used.
I think it is a rare talent that can enthuse a child so much through a book. After reading Eddie’s kitchen he absolutely had to make something from the book yesterday – perfect for engaging him in helping to cook. I plan to make the spaghetti sauce with him soon too.
Eddie’s toolbox follows a similar theme and I think it’s great that it shows things being fixed and made. Emma and Daniel see Damian using tools and Daniel is always keen to get his (toy) toolbox and ‘help’ and after reading this book told me he was fixing the chair for me. It really sparked his imaginative play.
He did want to create a bird table but I managed to convince him otherwise – we have two cats who are quite prolific hunters so I didn’t think it was too fair to create a buffet service for them in the back garden!
Finally, Azzi In Between is quite different to the books in the ‘Eddie’ series. This book has (quite deservedly) been winning stacks of awards and it is endorsed by Amnesty International UK. The books follows Azzi and her parents as they leave their home and country and come to live in the UK. It depicts the change to Azzi’s life so well and is a must read for anyone living in an area with immigration and certainly for children who might be at school with children in a similar position to Azzi.
I was really touched with the description of how Azzi felt about making friends at school and about the difficulties of being different. It is such a heartwarming book that we would do well to remember that many immigrants to the UK do so due to conditions and situation at home such as those faced by Azzi and her family.
I love these books by Sarah Garland. All are so accessible, engaging and inspiring – what more can we ask for from a book?