Bambini Bookshelf : June 2015
Every month I share some children's books that are new to us that we love. They are the current favorites on our shelf. Adored and repeatedly read by one or both of our twins.
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Princess Patty Meets Her Match by Charise Mericle Harper
Patty is tired of waiting for her prince to come so she sets off with her sparkly bag and her pet starfish to find him herself. This book actually made me laugh out loud which is rare and embarrassing when you are standing in a bookstore. Being a sensible princess, Patty isn't interested in glass shoes or someone climbing on her hair. I couldn't decide if I was disappointed or not when she does ultimately meet a prince, but he seems a good match for this smart, spunky girl. Decked out with sparkles on the cover just for good measure and filled with princesses of all kinds, this a good read for any little princess in training. 3+
My Book of Opposites by Britta Teckentrup
Big. Small. Tall. Short. White. Black. It is hard to write an original book about opposites for little ones. This board book, however is a delight. The opposites are familiar, but the illustrations are bright, humorous and intriguing. Britta Teckentrup has done it again. 0+
The Diggers by Margaret Wise Brown
At the start, I'll admit, I wasn't entirely sure where Brown was going with her assortment of diggers and holes. She pulls it together in a way sure to please her young audience. From moles and bunnies, to the big digger that makes way for trains to run through tunnels, diggers are everywhere. I loved the addition of Antoine Corbineau's intricate illustrations. They add texture and layers to the book that are supremely appropriate for the theme of diggers all around. 3+
Spot A Lot Animal Escape by Steve Smallman
A counting zoo book and an ISPY book in one. I knew the moment I open it, this book was coming home with me. The animals have run away from the zoo and it is the reader's job to help the zookeeper find the animals and bring them back. On each page the animals are trying to hide and blend into the comical details around them. Silly rhyming language, playful illustrations and a fun premise. This book is a winner. There is also a Spot A Lot Vehicle Adventure book that is now on our wishlist. 3+
You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Part non-fiction book about birds, part pure poetry, You Nest Here With Me is lovely. So many things went right with this story. Good information. Birds do not just nest in trees. Some nest on telephone poles, others on cliffs. Simple, factual information about the nesting habits of 14 different kinds of birds is included on these brief pages. Additional information is also included in the back. Beautiful language. Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi, have woven interesting nesting facts into a bedtime story that soothes the mind and dances on the tongue. Nestled among the lines is the refrain "you nest here with me" as a mother calms her daughter down for bed. Dreamlike illustrations. Every picture book needs the perfect pictures to match the words. Melissa Sweet graces the pages with her trademark watercolor, gouache, and mixed media artwork that encourages you to slow down and see the words. A book to love. 2+
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