Month: September 2020

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could is an American classic children’s picturebook. The book was first published in 1930 and is written by Watty Piper. The book I read is illustrated by Loren Long. This story teaches optimism and hard work. An engine is carrying food and toys for the children in the other side of the mountain. The engine breaks down and the toys get worried that they cannot reach the children. They try to hike a ride from two shiny new engines and an old engine but they deny the request. Finally a little blue engine comes by. He wants to help but he doubts if he powerful enough to haul the cargo. Will the blue engine be successful in carrying the toys and food to the children on the other side of the mountain? The illustrations are fantastic. The mantra of the blue engine is ‘I think I can’ and it is a useful mantra to teach to young kids when faced with obstacles. Category: children’s picturebook Age recommendation: 0-5

The Little Mermaid

Happy book birthday to The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson is a well-known tale and doesn’t need an introduction. In this story, a mermaid falls in love with a prince and sacrifices her voice to become a human. Will the prince love her too? In this picture book, the illustrator Bernadette Watts brings this story to life with dream-like illustrations. I was also surprised to see that the original story is a bit different from what we know. The description of the underwater world and the mermaids by Hans Christian Anderson is magnificent. I would like have all the fairy tales illustrated as separate books and this book is a great start. A must-read book, but the rich language makes it suitable for kids age 8 and above. Thanks to @netgalley and @northsouthbooks for the ARC. Kids age: 8 and above