Bambini Bookshelf : May 2015
Every month I try to share the books that are new to us and that are our current favorites. Adored and repeatedly read by one or both of our twins, these are the most popular books on our bookshelf right now.
Big Blue by Shelley Gill
If I am being honest, I picked this book off the shelf at the library for me. The cover is graced with an enormous blue whale impressively dominating the page with a tiny girl swimming in the corner. It is beautiful and curious at the same time. Fortunately, my almost four year old agreed with my assessment and we have since read this book cover to cover countless times. It tells the remarkable true story of a little girl named Kye who is determined to swim with a blue whale. Her mother, who drives a whale-research boat in Alaska, helps her make her dream come true. This book is equal parts informative and inspiring. The little girl shares the vast quantities of information she has amassed about blue whales with the reader. Mostly, it is an inspiring story about following your passions and waiting patiently for a magical moment to come true. 4+
The Happy Hedgehog Band by Martin Waddell
The happy hedgehog band is an aptly named book about a group of merry hedgehogs who form a drum band in the forest. It starts with one little hedgehog who makes a drum and starts drumming away. Soon he is joined by three other hedgehogs each with a different kind of drum that makes a different kind of sound. Soon all the other animals in the forest want to join in. A happy, musical story that inspires you to jump up and make music any way you can. 3+
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
Where do babies come from? This is a question all children eventually wonder. This playful book gives a child's perspective on the trouble with asking this question and the range of answers it receives. Ideas from a baby tree to the traditional stork and a host of vague answers in between, Sophie Blackall does an excellent job of addressing the question that is on every preschooler's mind. In the end, the little boy finally sits down with his parents who give him an answer that satisfies everyone. As a bonus, there is more information on how to answer questions about where babies come from with your child. 3+
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
Written and Illustrated by the team that created Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this delightful little book counts ten caterpillars that crawl into various places and eventually become butterflies and moths. Extra information about the various types of caterpillars and what they become in the back captured with Lois Ehlert's distinctive illustrations. Perfect book for Spring or as a companion for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 1+
Glasswings : A Butterfly's Story by Elisa Kleven
The colors and dreamy nature of the illustrations burst off the page in this imaginative story about a Glasswings butterfly. Claire, the butterfly, gets swept up into a wind and blown to a big city where her transparent wings will make it hard for her family to find her. Fortunately she finds new friends and flowers to make her feel at home in an urban garden. A sweet story that is richly enhanced by the detailed and rich illustrations of its talented author/illustrator. 3+
Spot A Lot: Animal Escape by Steve Smallman
We are in absolute love with this counting adventure. It is likely due to our love of all things silly and fascination with Look and Find or ISPY books, but this book is delightful. The animals have escaped the zoo and the zoo keeper needs your help. Spot and count all the missing animals. If your child is more into vehicles, there is also a Spot A Lot: Vehicle Adventure that I am ordering for us. 2+
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