Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Llama Drama!

Llama llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney was the first book that we read in this Llama llama series. Yet another fun read that Paapa loves. There is a lot of scope for mamas to act! My baby loved it whenever I would act out the scenes in the book and she would squeal with laughter and imitate me (we first read this when she was 18 months old). The book reminds you of what is really important during the 'holidays'. Obviously the love of family is very important. I do wish it would showcase that Jesus is the reason for the holiday season.
A very good series that catches the eye of the preschooler and teaches them important life experiences. If I had any extra thumbs, I would lift them up as well for Anna Dewdney's engaging artwork.
Other books in the series: 
This book is about every child's absolute nightmare, sleeping on their own. It is very hilarious to read and helps the child see the perspective of the parent.
The 'mad' book is wonderfully written to show a child's frustration at their play being interrupted and them wandering around looking at grownups' knees in grocery stores! Anna Dewdney presents it all wonderfully!
Llama llama misses mama - is about the child's first experience leaving the protection of home and mama and going to school. The child learns that mama will come back at the end of the day and till then there will be friends to make and new things to learn from teachers.
Baby llama's got the sniffles and yet like any typical baby cannot stay still or rest! Llama tries to avoid boredom and while he is still figuring out how, mama gets the sniffles and gives llama something to do and someone to care for!
After doing all sorts of things with mama, llama is now at the age to have playdates. However no playdate is fun if there is no sharing. It time for llama to learn how to share. He learns that the best way to have loads of fun is to share his toys and time with a friend!
Paapa's Verdict:*****

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Not so Tiny!

Not so Tiny Fun
Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister is lots of fun to read. It is easy to fall in love with Tiny, he is cute and a loyal friend. In this book we learn that Tiny is a good friend who loves to go wherever his friend goes. My Paapa learnt that you need a library card to check out books, that dogs are not allowed in libraries. However we can still get books for our pets and read with them. 
This is yet another favorite series of Paapa.
Other books we have read in this series:
Tiny learns about the various things you need in order to have a great camping experience. 
This book takes us back to when Tiny was so tiny that he used to fit in his bestie's shoe. A good way to learn differences in size. 
Tiny like all good dogs is quite excited about having a bath. First we need to figure out where he can be given his bath since he is not so 'tiny'. Another book where the child learns that big things don't fit in small spaces. 
The success of this series is the cute and colorful art and the short sentences that are easy for a toddler to repeat and eventually memorize!

Paapa's Verdict: *****

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Girly Adventures

Girly Adventures Begin Here
Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant and Brian Briggs was the first book in the series that we read when Paapa was still a toddler. Even though she wasn't still talking she loved this book and wanted to read it over and over again. Even now when we go to the library she goes straight for these books. There are currently 8 books in the series and we have read all of them! All the books in this series are colorfully illustrated by Brian Briggs.
What surprised me the first time I read the book to Paapa is the fact that the girl is called Brownie and the cat is named Pearl! I think the books appeal to her because it is about a girl and various new things a toddler might do for the first time in his/her life. Needless to say the Brownie and Pearl series is a favorite of mommy as well!
Here is a list of the titles available in the series
Brownie and Pearl:
1. Take a Dip
2. See the Sights
3. Step Out
4. Hit the Hay
5. Grab a Bite
6: Go for a Spin
7. Get Dolled Up
8. Make Good

Here's a link to the illustrator's website: http://mrbiggs.com/books/brownie-and-pearl/

Paapa's Verdict: *****

A Tall Order

A Tall Order Beautifully Accomplished
Abigail by Catherine Rayner is a visually beautiful book. Meet counting queen Abigail the giraffe, who likes nothing better in life than to count. She counts anything and everything from the spots on the Ladybug, to the stripes on the Zebra. But none of them stay still long enough for her to finish counting. Finally she decides that in order to successfully count she needs to teach her friends to count as well. Once they master counting they enjoy counting and each other's company!
I found the artwork of Catherine Rayner- amazing, the concept of mixing counting with friends was very appealing along with the surprise pull up page in the book.
Paapa's Verdict: *****