‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.
Mmm Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.
It’s night-time and Cat the Cat is rounding up her friends for bed. It’s a good thing, then, that they already seem to be in various stages of their bedtime routine that will also be familiar to kids — Sheep the Sheep is reading, Pig the Pig is taking a bath, Giraffe the Giraffe is brushing his teeth, etc. — and are all quite agreeable to the idea. Well, that is, all except Owl the Owl…
The arrival of a new baby often heralds many changes in the household, and the impact is arguably the greatest on the newly promoted big sister/brother who has no choice but to adjust to these sudden and life-altering upheavals.
When my 4.5-year-old started asking me questions about what animals were found in various countries, I knew it was time to finally put the order through for Maps. And, true enough, he has been hooked on it ever since we received it about a week back.
A sad little penguin longs to “soar above the clouds” — somewhat tough to achieve since penguins can’t fly. But, as it turns out, nothing is impossible with the help of some friends — and you, the reader.
There’s something about the text from certain vintage children’s books that is refreshingly quirky; it probably helps that they were not edited to death like how some of the contemporary children’s books can be, such that every word sounds overly polished — and predictably dull, politically correct and uninspired. Hence, it is nice to see some of these out-of-print gems being given a new lease of life by publishers who are remastering the old books or refreshing the text with new illustrations.
Which brings us to It Is Night, a 1953 classic by Phyllis Rowand that has been updated with the winsome paintings of Laura Dronzek.
In a scenario familiar to kids and parents alike, a little boy is surrounded by “a million toys” but declares that he is bored. Although, not for long, as he resourcefully climbs a special ladder into the attic.
Making comparisons can be tricky, since it depends on who or what you are comparing. In this book, two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on whether one is big or the other is small, until some unexpected visitors (literally) drop in to offer them a fresh perspective.
While looking for his friend, Leon the chameleon encounters some dangerous creatures, but is saved by his ability to ‘blend in’. Although the story is simplistic, the colourful illustrations and cleverly designed pull-tabs and colour wheels are irresistible.