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 …
What is the name of your most favorite road and why? We have traveled on roads since we can remember, to school, to home, to a grocery shop, to a friends place etc. We have probably walked or drove 1000s of times on various roads. When someone asks where do you live, we say the name of a road. Roads are an integral part of our life. Roads take us to places and also bring us home. In this book, an adventurous rabbit and his friends take a journey on roads to go through mountain peaks, cityscapes, to the stream and the sea. Roads take them past bridges, harbors and bays. After visiting many places and meeting new friends, the rabbit goes home. I loved the illustrations in this book which had winding roads on every page and cute animal characters. In this book, the author, Pat Zietlow Miller asks Which path should you choose? That’s easy to see. The one that will take you where you wish to be. This book was published in …
Indian mythology is my favorite in world mythology. We have great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. The epics are filled with brave princes, beautiful and capable princesses, ferocious demons and villains that make your heart skip a beat. I grew up reading Indian mythology and fables like Jataka tales and Panchatantra that taught principles of life in a fun way. In this book, Tales and Legends from India, Ruskin Bond collects the tales from various sources: the great Hindu religious epics, Buddhist fables and stories recorded by early travelers. This is a beautiful and entertaining book that introduces you to Indian fairy tales and mythology. While reading this book, I was transported to childhood and also came across new stories that I haven’t read before. In Ruskin Bond’s own words, “India is more than a land – it is an atmosphere – and this book is designed to give the reader the feel of India and recapture some of its old magic.”
The Republic Day of India is on January 26, so this whole week I am highlighting books featuring India. Ruskin Bond is my favorite Indian children’s author. I grew up reading his stories and I cherish his writing style, which highlights the elements of nature. Cherry Tree is a picturebook by Ruskin Bond. Rakhi, is a six-year old girl who lives in Mussoorie. One day she eats delicious cherries and takes her grandfather’s advice to plant the seed. But the soil in her place is stony and might not be suitable for a cherry tree. Despite that, Rakhi plants the seed and protects it from hungry goats, savage bullock carts and other dangers. The cherry tree survives, flowers and gives first crop. It is a beautiful story that will encourage children to plant and nourish, and have a beautiful connection with nature. Do pick up this book if you have it available at your local library. Nothing is lucky if you put it away. You must make it work for you. – Cherry Tree
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.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Room for a Little One tells the nativity story with animals playing the main role. An ox was in his shed. He sees a dog and invites him to come in. After the dog, comes the cat, mouse and a donkey carrying Mary. All of them are welcome in the shed. Jesus Christ is born in the shed among the presence of animals. This story teaches kindness and helping one another in time of need. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
The Night Before Christmas is a poem written by Clement Clarke Moore and was first published in 1823, and is still remembered today. The poem writes about what happens the night before Christmas. The whole house was asleep but the owner was awoken by the visit of Santa Claus to his home. This poem painted Santa Claus as a jolly old man on a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer, dressed in red and jumping down through the chimney to leave gifts. In a way Clement Moore painted the modern image of Santa Claus. The illustrations in this book were by Mary Engelbreit and are rich in detail. Enjoy the Christmas Eve!
Have you imagined what if animals lived as humans? If Animals Celebrated Christmas picturebook imagines exactly that. If Animals Celebrated Christmas, then a penguin would write a letter to Santa, a tortoise would make a secret holiday wish, and baby Koala and mama would make their tree a Christmas tree by decking it with berries. I loved the cute animal illustrations. This book sparks interest in little ones, they can identify all the animals and read about how animals celebrated Christmas.
What is your Christmas ornaments buying strategy? Do you buy a few every year? Do any Christmas ornaments get passed down to you from your mom or grandma? The Broken Ornament is a sweet story about Christmas traditions. Jack wants the best Christmas ever. He wants a huge Christmas tree and big, bold decorations in front of the home so that Santa doesn’t miss. But, he makes one mistake of breaking mom’s cherished ornament and makes her sad. Tinsel comes out of the broken ornament and makes Jack wish of grand Christmas come true but she cannot make everything right. What does Jack do to bring a smile on his mom’s face? The illustrations were colorful with a lot to take in. This book is a must read this season.