One thing I often find frustrating about craft books, especially those for young children, is that the completed projects shown on the page look so much more polished and professional than anything my kids (or I!) could produce. So, in this craft book featuring Maisy Mouse and friends, I was thrilled to see objects that actually look like they might have been made by a five year-old and which are very much in keeping with the naïve style of Lucy Cousins’ illustrations. None of the ideas are particularly original – a pencil holder from a plastic cup, a mask from a paper plate – but I think younger kids will find them inspiring, easy to make and won’t be disappointed with the results. (Preschool to Grade 1)
In this companion to Rah, Rah Radishes! luscious photographs of delicious fruits accompany a simple rhyming chant: “Grab a guava. Live for lime. Pucker up, pal, it’s lemon time!” Featuring both familiar fruits and more exotic ones like mangosteens and dragon fruits, this is a juicy salute could inspire a fun scavenger hunt. (Preschool to Grade 1)
Once again, the young fashionista pig Olivia gives her quirky view on a common theme of kids’ books – this time, it’s princesses. “All the girls want to be princesses” she sighs and it always has to be a pink princess – not even something interesting like an African or Indian princess. Of course, Olivia finds a solution that is as individual as she is. Perfect for those who march to the beat of a different drummer. (Preschool to Grade 2)
Now that Rocket the dog can read, he decides to take the next step and write his own story – but what to write about? In this charming tale, Rocket finds both inspiration and a new friend at the same time and will help show your fledgling writers what it takes to create. (Preschool to Grade 2)
“Spring has arrived and merrily the birds hail her with a happy song.” Mixing historical fact with speculation, this story tells of how Antonio Vivaldi wrote his most famous piece The Four Seasons for the orchestra of a Venetian orphanage. Using word pictures and stylized paintings, the ‘story’ evoked by the Spring concerto is brought to life for the reader and you can listen to a performance of The Four Seasons on the enclosed CD. A smart introduction to an accessible and well-know piece of music. (Grade 1-4).