Picture books are awesome. When I go to the library I usually have 4 or 5 picture books (and two novels) that I check out. A really good picture book will give you a lot of information and/or a great story in less than 36 pages! I like to read and review picture books and I have a couple I want to tell you about today!
First up is-
By Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Illustrated by Dina Ashraf Helmi
24 pages – ages 3+
Published by Musa Publishing on November 2012
A girl listens to the world around her. What she hears and sees is told in Spanish and English.
I have a special interest in bilingual books and I LOVED this one! I am trying to learn a different language (I am taking French and Latin classes) and my sister, Josie, is taking a Spanish class. Even though books like this one are meant for younger kids, they are great for older kids (like me) who want to learn words from other languages. The illustrations are great and I like the idea of the girl just listening to the world around her!
Next I have a fun one for you!
By Julia Dweck
Illustrated by Gemini
Published by KiteReaders on December 1, 2012
26 pages – ages 3+
Caarina lives with master chefs who create new recipes. She is a cooking fairy. Caarina is excited because a great feast is to be made, and she was chosen by the Fairy Queen to make it! She starts making her fabulous foods, but a gremlin sneaks in and starts ruining everything when Caarina isn’t looking! At first, Caarina thinks she is the one messing her food up, but then she notices the uninvited guest in her kitchen!
This is a cute book! I like that it is about cooking. The illustrations are very sparkly and my little sister LOVED them. Josie liked the idea of a cooking fairy too. I like how the gremlin messes the food up and how… Well, I don’t want to give the ending away! I’ll just say, Caarina is one smart fairy!
Now for a great picture book app!
By Mona Parsa
Illustrated by Nidra N. Kilmer
Published by Twin Peacocks Publishing
This interactive book app talks about why you were born. It is a spiritual book about God’s love (not about any one religion). In fact, there are prayers and scriptures you can read from many different religions. I like that part of the book. It seems to include all religions. I think the book is best for very young kids and would make a nice read aloud for parents and kids to share together. The illustrations are beautiful and the app works well. There are puzzles and painting games included. The app can also be personalized so your kid’s name and birthday will appear in the story.
Click HERE to get the app!
Finally, A book that really helped me.
By Elisabeth Steinkellner
Illustrated by Michael Roher
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Sky Pony Press on September 11, 2012
Fini loved being with her old Granny. They fed the ducks together and when Granny traveled, she’d send postcards. Granny made the BEST foods too. Granny went to the hospital and when she came back, she was “new Granny.” Now she does things like she wants to eat the bread that was for the ducks, she turns the stove on to warm her hands, not to cook, and she can’t travel. She has to move in with Fini and her parents because she needs to be watched now. Fini likes her new Granny, but she is kind of upset that she has to help take care of Granny instead of Granny taking care of her, and gets fed up with it.
This book has a great story. Granny has dementia and a lot of kids don’t understand this subject. I first read about this book on Patricia Tilton’s blog (see her review HERE) and when I commented on her blog, the publisher offered to send me an ebook copy to review. I got the book, just as my great-grandfather started to get sick. I didn’t understand why he was doing some of the things he was and my parents told me it was dementia. I showed my mom this book and she got the “real” book version for our family to read together. I like how the book tells kids that the person going through this is still the same person, only a bit different. Besides the great, meaningful story, the illustrations are magnificent. I love how they are drawn. I especially like how Granny looks the same but just acts different.
Check out the publisher’s website HERE.