Book Reviews

HugAuthor: Jez Alborough

A book with only one word; hug! It seems very simple, and it is, but it has so much to kindness and empathy to learn about. This delightful story explores a little monkey quest to find his mum for a hug.  Along the way, Bobo, passes by many animals that help him find his mum and get his long awaited hug! It’s such a fun sweet story to share together.

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Author: Kathryn Otoshi

An outstanding story that discusses the topic of friendship and bullying; without mentioning it at all.  The story is based around a group of colours (they are the friends) but one colour, red, is rather mean to other colours, especially blue. One day a number joins the group, one. One stands up for the colours and as the story continues, red realizes his mistakes and becomes an equal member of the friendship group. The message of this story is that it only takes one to make a difference.

Hattie and the foxAuthor: Mem Fox

This is one of my favourite books to read out loud.  I make up different voices for each of the animals, which always make my little critters want to read again and again.  It has repetitive text which enables your little critter to join in the fun too. Eventually Hattie describes all the attributes of a fox that is hiding in the bushes ready to pounce….however the cow saves the day.

Little DonkeyAuthor: Nicole Snitselaar

This sweet story is about a little girl and her dedication to care for a donkey. Until one day when she doesn’t arrive and the little donkey ventures out and has to overcome many fears (as donkeys don’t usually travel in boats!) to be able to return the care been showed to him and visit an unwell Serafina. The ending and conversation between the little grey donkey and Serafina is touching and a beautiful example of a beautiful friendship.

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The lion that wanted to loveAuthor: Giles Andreae

One of my favourite children’s picture story books! This story explores the strength of a kind hearted lion who doesn’t want to hurt, or eat, any of the other animals in the jungle. Instead, he prefers to help and be friends with them. His family doesn’t support his decisions and so he is forced to go about his life separated from the pride, until a special moment in time. There is a happy ending and a beautiful life’s lesson and moral to the story to share with your little one.

Brown bear brown bear what do you seeAuthor: Eric Carle

This Eric Carle classic is a fun book predominantly about colours and animals.  It’s a beautiful simple repetitive style story which enables your little critter to join in after a few reads.  Ask your child to make the sounds of the animals to make it a little more interactive too!

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