The Little Red Hen is a humble, classic folk tale that packs a big punch — much like its eponymous protagonist. The premise is simple: a little red hen finds a grain of wheat and decides to get help to plant it. Alas, none of the other animals are willing to lift a finger, so she does it herself. This scenario repeats itself when it’s time to reap and mill the wheat into flour, make the dough and bake the bread.
Little train lovers will be enthralled by The Little Red Caboose, an underdog story about an often-overlooked and unassuming little red caboose (the part of the train that houses accommodation for the crew, and which usually comes last) who becomes an overnight hero when he saves the train from rolling down the mountain with his sheer tenacity.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, weeds are wild plants that grow where they are not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. ‘Unwanted’ though they may be, especially to serious landscapers or gardeners, no one can deny that there’s something admirable about the remarkable resilience of weeds and their ability to grow and thrive in the most unexpected and implausible places. Drains? Check. A crack in the pavement? Why not? Just give these highly adaptable plants the minimum they need to survive and they will do just that.
Seen in this light, Weeds Find a Way is thus a fitting homage to these ubiquitous yet humble plants.
There’s something enchantingly simple, sweet and calming about the way the words flow in Time for Bed that makes it both a pleasure to read aloud and well as to listen to — an underrated quality that can make or break a children’s book, particularly one that is intended to be read to lull a child to sleep.
It’s an all-too-familiar story: father and son are supposed to take a nice snooze together, but the dad falls asleep before the kid, who has other, more fun ideas… (Of course, this usually just means that the child is either still fooling about on the bed, or, at the very most, has sneaked off to play with some toys on his own.)
In The Bear’s Song, however, Little Bear takes bedtime shenanigans to the extreme when he single-mindedly — and rather recklessly — runs off to chase after a hapless bee in search of that ‘bear’s gold’ — honey — while his unsuspecting father is hibernating.
At some point in life, one comes to the realisation that sometimes, it’s not just about what you know, but also who you know. Thus, nurturing good relationships with the people you meet is always a good idea, especially since you never know when you’ll need their help.
Case in point: the eponymous protagonist in Little Blue Truck, who
takes time to exchange friendly greetings — “Beep!” — with all the various animals he meets along the way.