The boy and I have been playing host to the flu lately so life has been all about medicines and hot soups and very little about reading and blogging. Although my own reading is temporarily put on hold, I’ve been reading to the Little Guy a lot lately in an attempt to keep his spirits up. Luckily, it’s working. I’ve done a post before on our favourite books, but we’ve bought and read a LOT of books since then, so here’s the latest top picks.
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs with illustrations by Julia Cairns
This one is a little gem. It’s a counting book set in Tanzania where a group of Masai children go on a day long safari and spot many different animals. So Arusha spots one leopard while Mwambe counts 4 lions. Each number is also stated in Swahili. The book contains a colourful map of Tanzania, some info about the Masai people, facts about the animals mentioned in the book and also the meaning of the names of the children in the story. But all this doesn’t make the book feel like a textbook, far from it. My son enjoys repeating the Swahili numbers with me. The real draw (excuse the pun) are the exquisite illustrations that make Africa come alive for you on these pages.
Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner illustrated by P.D.Eastman
Robert is an amiable and industrious horse with a most unfortunate allergy to roses. His sneezes are so stormy that everyone and everything around him gets blown away or knocked down. It all turns out ok when his sneeze saves the day. This is a funny and engaging story that isn’t really trying to teach you anything, Also, as someone who is allergic to almost everything, I can totally relate to poor Robert.
The Pig in a Wig by Alan MacDonald illustrated by Paul Hess
The Pig in a Wig is the story of Peggoty the Pig who thinks she’s beautiful until she overhears some lambs calling her ugly, fat and bald. All the other animals on the farm also seem to think that you have to have hair to look good. In desperation, she makes herself a wig, which only makes everyone laugh at her. Poor Peggoty is quite heartbroken, until something happens and she learns that pigs are perfect just the way they are. A non-preachy way to teach the kiddies that everyone has their own special kind of beauty.
Thump Bump Tiny the Dancing Hippo by Janet Craig with illustrations by Diane Paterson
Tiny, the not-so-tiny hippo loves to dance. His family loves him and really wants to encourage his passion. Unfortunately, a hippo dancing around the house can really make everything go Thump Bump. So Papa, Mama and Sally make him his very own stage where he can dance to his heart’s content. This is a really simple story with very simple words and a merry little rhythm to it. Plus, what’s cuter than a hippo in a leotard?
Elmer on Stilts by David Mckee
Elmer the patchwork elephant comes up with a plan to mislead the elephant hunters. But it’s not going to be easy for a whole herd of elephants to walk on stilts. Good thing Elmer is so ingenious. My son loves everything that has anything to do with elephants, so this one was a pretty clear winner. I must say I find the sight of all those elephants on stilts pretty funny myself. Tee Hee! I’m easily amused.
I’d love to know your favorite books for toddlers? Do share.