Read to Your Baby Every Day: 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud by Chloe Giordano, Rachel Williams

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Publication Date : March 5th 2019
Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Read Date : April 9th 2019
Genre : Parenting / Children’s
Pages : 64
Stars : ★★★★ /5

Science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to, and read to. Introduce your baby to a world of words and pictures with these 30 classic nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection and beyond paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s delightful hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.

Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps babies make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives you the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) these best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.

Bond with your baby and help them grow as you recite and sing these timeless rhymes:

Hey, Diddle Diddle; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; This Little Piggy; Hush Little Baby; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Little Bo-Peep; Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; London Bridge; Mary Had a Little Lamb; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Humpty Dumpty; Rub-a-dub-dub; Pat-a-Cake; I Saw a Ship A-Sailing; Old MacDonald; Rock-a-Bye Baby; The Wheels on the Bus; I’m a Little Teapot; This Old Man; Jack and Jill; The Muffin Man; Little Miss Muffet; The Owl and the Pussy-cat; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Old Mother Hubbard; Pop! Goes the Weasel; Are you Sleeping? 

My baby is used to watch most of rhymes in YouTube. She loves colors and music. I admit, I’m terrible singer. I’m used to reading to her random things, sometimes, novels too but this was first time I sang her rhymes and I must say it was fun reading to her.

She loved Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Humpty Dumpty, Old MacDonald, Are You Sleeping, and The Wheels On The Bus.

All rhymes were cute and nice, some I knew and some were new to me. They were short, took little time for me to finish. I didn’t read her everyday, like title suggests, I read all of them in one day. 😜

If you don’t remember all rhymes from your childhood and you want to sing to your kid with a colorful book and cute illustrations, I recommend this book. It can be a nice gift for new mommies.

As I was playing some rhymes on YouTube before I read this book, I could see some rhymes in this had lesser verses, some had only 1 verse.

overall, it was good collection, with beautiful art and vibrant colors . It is best gift for new mommies.

About Author :

Chloe Giordano began to sew in the last year of her illustration degree at the University of the West of England, and since graduating in 2011 she has continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand dyed fabrics to make her work. Originally from Buckinghamshire, she now lives and work in York. Clients include Penguin, Vintage Books, Bloomsbury, Liberty and the BFI. Read To Your Baby Every Day is her first book.

Australian-born Rachel Williams studied creative writing before becoming an editor and publisher of children’s books. She is the author of many books for children, including Atlas of Animal Adventures and Illuminature. She lives and works in London.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Published December 2008 (first published September 30th 2008)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Read Date: November 29th 2018
Genre: Fantasy / YA / Horror / Paranormal
Pages: 289

Stars: 5/5

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The Graveyard book was mix of paranormal, horror story; a wonderful childhood story of Nobody Owens living quirky life among the dead and yearning to learn more about world of living and killer who killed his parents.

Book started with how Nobody Owens (Bod) came to live in graveyard and got adopted by the Owens. Bod’s adventurous nature while he was toddler in the beginning hooked me to the story and I knew I’m going to adore this kid. Bod was clever, inquisitive, and courageous kid. There were lot of characters in the book. Characterization was unique and I loved to read about all the characters and their relationship with Bod. Relationship between Bod and Silas was most fascinating to read. They had unique bonding and I enjoyed dialogues between them and the way Silas handled Bod’s inquisitive nature.

There were ghosts, ghouls, witch, werewolf, mummy, bullies, criminals, and greedy people… everything young readers would love to read in the book. Each chapter depicted adventure of Body in graveyard as well as in outside world and introduced new character both inhabitant of graveyard and characters from outside world with their short story along with a new lesson to learn for Bod.

I loved the way Neil Gaiman explained difficult words in the book. He narrated story charmingly with picturesque description and imagination. Setting of the Graveyard on the hill, its inhabitants with their headstone inscription and their story was the best part of the book. I enjoyed Bod’s adventure in school and the way he handled bullies. Another favorite chapter was his adventure in world of ghouls.

This book gave insight on belongingness through Bod’s connection with both worlds, family and friendship, importance of teaching and learning that saved Bod in the world of Living and Dead. The twist and turns in each adventure was thrilling. The mystery about why man Jack killed Bod’s family and whether Bod could escape from the man Jack or will he take his revenge for murdering his family made the book gripping and unputdownable. Well, that reason was just meh, I didn’t buy it but that didn’t stop me adoring this book. End was good and satisfactory. I wish I could read more. This was my first book by Neil Gaiman and won’t be the last.

Overall, it was interesting gripping adventure of Bod and His life in graveyard that I recommend to all young readers who enjoy horror and thriller stories with quirky characters.


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The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

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The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

Publication Date: August 31st 2018
Publisher: PartnerPress
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Genre: Children’s Fiction / Animals / Travel & Adventure
Pages: 190

Stars: 5/5

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Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.


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The Adventure of Wilhelm was anthropomorphic story of travel and adventure, discovering various cultures, food and people with deeper understanding of ways of life from a rat’s perspective. It also told about family, friendship, individual growth and knowledge and helping community to lead better life.

As Wilhelm (Wil) traveled from his home in California to China, Sweden, Germany, France and Italy, he explored famous places, tasted different food, made new friends, learned new languages and found more about his ancestors and rats from all over the world as well as faced the horrors of bad people and animals. He was very smart, clever, and courageous rat who learned about new things, customs, nature and characteristics of people as well as animals aptly experiencing ups and downs during the travel and finding ways to keep going.

Through this story author encouraged travel, experience world, learning customs and celebrations at various places with minimum luggage and finding easy and convenient mode. Author gave new perspective towards despicable animals- such as rats, vultures, crows etc- who helps in cleaning up the mess humans make and how rats are viewed and mistreated by people but also mentioned how like humans there are good and bad sides in rats as well.

It mainly teaches the way of life, how the nature of people and animals are alike, the most important aspect of any being’s life is, food and shelter, without which even the decent animals can turn to violence and by taking care of these necessities a violent animals can turn to decent being.

I liked various facts about stories and places mentioned in the book as well as the translations at the end of each chapters. This book has mesmerizing foreword and preface. It tells more about the book than synopsis or this review can tell. The questions at the end of the book will be fun to discuss and kids would love to find answers to them. It can be a great classroom book and teachers would find many points in the book through which they can teach geography, history, culture as well as moral principles and ethics.

Overall, it was steady paced, informative and insightful travel book with nice illustrations that kids would love to explore. It wasn’t much of fun it’s purely educational and travel book for young reader. Kids will be inspired to record their own travel experience through this book.


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AuthorMaria Ritter

Buy Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

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#BlogBlitz #Review : The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean @MacleanMartii @rararesources

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Hey Book Lovers! Today I’m excited to share review on The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary as part of Book blitz tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author for providing E-copy of this book.

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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean

Publication Date: October 2018
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books
Read Date: September 19th 2018
Target Age: Children / MG (ages 9+)
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Pages: 246
Stars: 4/5

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One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.


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Isabelle Necessary was collection of stories and consecutive adventures of Isabelle with her best friend Tammy.

Isabelle was a girl from Saggy Beach town mostly spending her time with her Aunt Emma who was living in retirement village. She was clever, smart, artistic and mature girl who understood her parents’ work and their constant absence. I loved the way she took care of her aunt and all elders living in retirement quarters. She helped them in all the work she could was a great friend. Her aunt was supportive and fun loving person who gave all the freedom to Isabelle with almost no rules.

Introductory chapter gave clear view of Isabelle’s life in Saggy Beach town, her family, friends and retirement village community. Each chapters included adventures of different activities like, participating in event and competition, snorkeling, managing store, horse riding, enjoying rainy season with friends, saving animals and town, helping elders and people in community. It had all sort of good activities that kids can would love to discover with scientific and environmental learning.

Isabelle’s mishap with light house was something new with semaphore signals which can teach kids about secret codes and can have fun decoding them. It was my favorite story in the book.

Best thing about the story was, there is online resources for teachers and fun activities for kids available on author’s website here that you can download here.

All illustrations were lifelike and I loved all the drawing in the book. It was quick read with some cool adults funny mischievous cat that kids would love to read and bring back the childhood memory for adults.

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Book and the events was all too goody to digest like- Isabelle never got any scolding from Aunt Emma, a tiff with her friend was solved so easily and the biggest was her cool demeanor towards her parents’ absence. It was hard to believe girl of her age can take parent’s absence and fight with friend easily or can get away without any scolding from adults. I would like it more if there was little realistic approach.

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Overall, book was charming, easy to read and kids would love to explore streets of Saggy Beach town and discover adventures of Isabelle Necessary.


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Author Bio:

The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMaclean.jpgMartii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at www.martiimaclean.com

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IG / Facebook / Goodreads / Twitter: @MacleanMartii

 

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Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Isabelle-Necessary-Martii-MacLean/dp/0994540868/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Isabelle-Necessary-Martii-MacLean/dp/0994540868/

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Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar

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Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar
Illustrator: Uma Krishnaswamy

Expected Publication Date: January 1st 2019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Read Date: September 9th 2018
Genre: Children’s Fiction / Indian Folktale / Middle Grade
Grade range: Grade 1 – Grade 4
Age range: 6 yrs – 9 yrs
Pages: 192

Stars: 5/5

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Can Prince Veera and his best friend outsmart the king’s trickiest subjects? Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these stories are sure to delight.

Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects’ complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well — but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?


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Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India was beautifully illustrated collection short stories about two Indian boys one Prince and one farmer’s son and their amusing witty ways of solving the courtroom cases of kingdom. It is perfect book for young reader aged 6+ that explores moral lessons of conscience, impartial treatment and behavior, and being wise and humble.

What I liked

I loved Indian feel of the book and that cover. The stories were based on Indian folk tales set in imaginary kingdom of India. The Prince Veera and Suku reminded me of Birbal and his wits.

The book was written in two parts with same characters and same theme. Both parts started with the same but slight different introduction of King Bheema‘s kingdom, his son- Prince Veera, and Veera’s best friend- Suku, who was poor farmer’s son but very smart and intelligent like Prince Veera.

Both boys were 10 yrs old with sharp and witty mind and had a great ability of solving affairs of king’s court. One day when king was ill they took king’s place and solved many cases of kingdom’s people and that’s how they started their own court in absence of king helping people.

King Bheema was most humble, generous king and great father. I admired King for giving his son opportunity of solving the cases, letting him play with a farmer’s son, how he understood both boys and never minded when his son pointed out his mistake.

I loved Prince Veera’s bravery who stood up against the King himself and making him realize his mistake. Suku was great friend who stayed by Veera’s side and like his friend he was brave and humble. He shaded light on the cases which were overlooked by Prince or King and gave the best advice.

Both kids learned lot from their cases. I liked how thy developed with each stories understanding people of kingdom and turning wise, humble, cleverer with each case, teaching lessons, making fair decisions in favor of needy and helpless people without crossing their lines and hurting anyone’s feeling.

I loved to read some silly cases and it was amusing to see both kids solving them so effortlessly. Each story in book gave insightful messages about justice, treating people right and fair and being wise and honest.

First story of the book, Veera’s first case was my favorite- It was with a message of poverty and how some people don’t have a privilege to buy expensive eateries. Kids and I myself love sweet and when we are given an option between vegetable and sweet we definitely go for sweets. Who doesn’t like them! But author conveyed very good message here through this story that one should appreciate what they are getting for food whether it’s expensive sweet or cheap but healthy vegetables.

Other stories were about lie and thievery and how conscience of guilty person works; about superstition and hasty judgment of people because of their own carelessness; about not to fool yourself by exaggerated false praises of people; and many neighbor feuds

Then there was a relative alert! It was my another most favorite – In this story Prince Veera’s infamous granduncle came to spend summer in his kingdom and tested Veera and Suku’s ability of running the court which was not at all easy. It was about the facing problems, accepting challenge and teaching lesson even to a relative but with all respect and without hurting their feelings. It was also about bravery, speaking for right and standing up against unfairness.

All of them were interesting making readers intrigued to read how these two small kids were going to outsmart people on their own tricks. Second part of the book was funnier and wittier than first one.

Illustrations were beautiful. They were exactly like pictured on cover but b/w resonating the theme of the story. They would have looked prettier with color but I like them anyway. I wish there were more stories in the book.

Overall, it was fun to read with pots of wisdom and wits blended in Indian flavors that all kids would love to taste. I highly recommend this book to all young readers.

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Author: Chitra Soundar

To read more about author check out this link⇒ http://www.candlewick.com/authill.asp?b=Author&m=bio&id=8031&pix=y

For Book details and purchase link ⇒ http://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=1536200670&pix=y

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