The classical story of The Princess and the Pea gets a Latino twist in the book, La Princesa and the Pea. What makes this book stand out is the bilingual text, which is in both Spanish and English. The warm illustrations inspired by the culture of Peru also make this book a winner. El Principe knows that this girl is the one for him but the Queen doesn’t agree. The Queen wants the perfect girl for his son and no woman on the land could match the Queen’s expectations. The Queen has a secret test in mind for the Princess. If the Princess wins the test she can marry the Prince. The Prince also has a plan that makes sure that the Princess will win the test. This classic tale injected with love is sure to make your heart melt and will make you smile in the end. In the illustrations, I loved the sly looks between the Princess and the Prince, as the Queen tries her best to quench their …
When was the last time you danced? How Do You Dance by Thyra Heder is a celebration of dance. There are many ways to dance, you can jump, shake, moonwalk and jiggle, just to name a few. You can also dance anywhere, in your home, at the bus stop, at the grocery store etc. We can dance when we are happy and also dance when we are sad. In this book, everyone encourages a boy to dance and also give him many ideas about how, when and where to dance. Will the boy dance? If one of your new year resolutions is to lose weight, then this is the best way to lose some. If not, just dance, there is no need of an occasion to have some fun. This book definitely inspired me to dance. I read this book while making breakfast and I did it while swaying my hips. Well, nobody complained about how breakfast tasted so all is well that ends well. The book is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers …
In December, I read a lot of Christmas themed picturebooks. These were books about Christmas trees, Reindeer, Santa Claus and one nativity book. I also read one of the books from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse series for the first time. Now, I am reading the whole series from beginning. The concept is that a brother and sister, Jack and Annie discover a magic treehouse in the woods. You can travel through time, in real and fantasy worlds by pointing at a picture in a book and wishing you were there. The Magic Treehouse series follows the adventures of Jack and Annie. Looking forward to reading exciting children’s books in 2020.
What if Santa’s sleigh is under repair and there is a chance that it might not be ready on Christmas Eve? Will the elves build a new sleigh or repair the old one? In 12 Sleighs of Christmas, the elves decide to build a new modern sleigh for Santa, because his old sleigh is broken. The elves divide into 12 teams and come up with 12 modern designs. Will Santa choose one of the designs or stick with his trusty old sleigh? Find out more in this picturebook. The geekiness is set to the max in this book. The designs that the elves come up with are innovative and bring a smile on your face. This is the most techie Christmas book I read this year.
I love Bruce picture book series by Ryan Higgins. Bruce is a grumpy Bear. He is also a mama to four geese (Mama Bruce book has more details). Bruce wants to spend the winter in hibernation. He does not want to indulge in the Christmas cheer, but his kids and friends want to celebrate Christmas and force him to participate. Grumpy Bruce goes outside to shovel snow and gets mistaken for Santa. What happens next is hilarious. He has to do all the ‘Santa’ things despite his reluctance. I read this book multiple times since I got it from library. The kids will surely giggle while reading this book.
The Last Stop on the Reindeer Express was the most creative Christmas book I read this year. The ethnic and colorful illustrations give a unique feel to this book. Mia is disappointed because she cannot meet her grandfather for Christmas. She discovers a mailbox at the Christmas market and goes inside. She makes a new friend and is whisked away on a magical journey. A lovely book that teaches importance of family.
What is the best Christmas book that you read this year? The Little Reindeer is one of the best children’s Christmas picture books I read this year. What I loved about this book were the illustrations, which were dominated by black, white, red and other soft colors. This book stands apart from all the other Christmas picturebooks. Unlike other books which had big, bold colors, this book creates its own identity with the mellow colors. Ollie was just about to sleep on Christmas Eve, when she hears a jingling sound. The sound catches Ollie’s curiosity and she goes outside to investigate it. She makes a new magical friend but her friend has an important errand to do that night. Ollie has an adventure with her friend and gets back to bed. This book will be a Christmas classic so remember to read it.
Primrose Fernetise, is a beautiful and audacious twelve-year-old girl. Her family is going through tough times. Her mother died and her father fell sick. Primrose goes to the woods in search of a divine flower that could cure her father. In the woods, she meets a group of woodland animals with mystical abilities. They tell to Primrose that the evil sorceress Queen Evelyn Velecrona wants to destroy humanity and it was up to Primrose to save humanity. Primrose and the woodland animals go on a quest to vanquish the evil sorceress. Will they be successful? Reading this story made me feel nostalgic. It is a fairy tale with a solid plot, with twists, turns,and events. I also liked the pictures in the book, which added depth to the reading experience. I felt that the names of a few of the characters were tongue-twisters. They could have simpler names. Also, it was repeated many times that Primrose’s mission was to save humanity, which was not necessary. The book would also benefit from using a simpler language. …
A badger wants to plant the perfect garden. He collects many seeds of different colors, shapes, and sizes and asks for his friends’ help to plant the seeds. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse and Weasel offer help willingly; they weed, rake and plant. But nature has other plans for the badger’s garden, which disappoints the badger. How did badger deal with his disappointment? Was his garden as perfect as he wanted it to be? This is a good book to teach children about how to persevere when things don’t happen according to plan. This book is written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. The illustrations were beautiful and animated. Rating: 5/5 Published: March 15, 2019, by Sleeping Bear Press
The Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree by Gail Silver is about a girl called Bea. Her birthday party is coming up and she is worried about many things. Will her friends come to the party? What if they don’t like the games? Will the cake be enough? Her worry sprouts and grows like the branches of the willow tree in Bea’s home. Will Bea confront her worries or will the branches of the willow tree surround her and choke her? The illustrations by Franziska Hollbacher are beautiful with a vibrant green background. This book teaches little ones how to confront their worries and be more mindful of their thoughts. Thank you to Netgalley, The American Psychological Association and Magination Press for the ARC. Rating: 5/5 Published: April 16, 2019