Sunday, 28 August 2016

Six Great Children's Books

During the Summer, on his third birthday, Alex hit the jackpot when he got six fantastic books.




Some of them are thought-provoking, some teach life lessons, others are 'laugh-out-loud' funny. All of them are brilliant.

"You can find magic 
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax 
all you need is a book." - Dr. Seuss

Thank you Alison, Emily & Aidan for these gems....

1. 'Zen Shorts' by Jon J Muth


This is a beautiful children's book, but it's just as insightful for adults too. A book of three parables told by a panda to three children. Life lessons told simply...

2. 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein



Once there was a tree... and she loved a little boy. The tree gives the little boy everything, until one day she sadly states that she has nothing left to give. This book could be interpreted in many ways, for me it's about mother nature selflessly giving and expecting nothing in return. The boy makes her happy and that's all she needs.

3. 'Not Now, Bernard' by David Mc Kee


Another book, just as meaningful for adults as it is for kids - and maybe more so. Not Now Bernard tells the story of a Mum & Dad too distracted by their own lives to notice that their son Bernard has been gobbled up by a monster. It sounds a little scary for kids when said like that. It's really not!

4. 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister


This colourful, glittering book tells the story of a beautiful fish in the ocean who learns a valuable lesson by sharing his most prized possessions.

5. 'Rabbit & Bear. Rabbit's Bad Habits' by Julian Gough & Jim Field


A story of avalanches and snowmen; of a rabbit, a bear and poo. Written by Julian Gough with the help of his daughter Sophie, this is a book that is just as funny to us as it is to Ross, Callum and Alex!

6. 'An Awesome Book of Love' by Dallas Clayton



This book is exactly what it says - an awesome book about love!



Now that he's three Alex is officially a preschooler, there are no more babies in our house - I'm feeling a little bit sad about that. But remembering the farmer's luck parable in Zen Shorts definitely helps.

And this, by Dr. Seuss, is pretty spot on too...

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Suess

It's time for the next chapter.

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