Thursday, 24 March 2011

Ten Friendly Fish

Debbie Tarbett
(Illustrator)

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Little Tiger Press (1 Mar 2008)
Language English

It was given to my son as a present. My children (3 and 2 years) love this book and it is often presented to me to read in the evenings. Because the fish are 3D, they can touch them and play with them while I read the story. It helps them learning to count as well as learning about different sea creatures. Insha-Allah, we are going to get a couple more of the Debbie Tarbett books for them. They had this book for about a year and still love it and keep coming back for more. All in all a very enjoyable and educational read for 2-3 year olds. The 10 fish are solid and raised and one disappears with each page turn. The only problem is the pop page at the end is not as sturdy as rest of the book and you have to be careful with it if you don’t want it to be torn after few uses. Our one is already damaged a bit. But overall it’s a good book to have.

Children book: Toddle Waddle

Julia Donaldson (Author), Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (1 Jan 2010)
Language English

There's a hullabaloo at the seaside when a toddler takes his friends on a stroll to the end of the pier.
With jaunty rhymes and bright, bold pictures even the youngest child will love this simple, playful story.

About the Author and illustrator:
Julia Donaldson is today's most popular picture book author and a multi award-winner. Her books include the modern classic THE GRUFFALO, THE PRINCESS AND THE WIZARD and ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED.
Nick Sharratt is the prize-winning illustrator of many books for children of all ages. His other picture books with Julia Donaldson include CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FOR GREEDY GOOSE, HIPPO HAS A HAT and ONE MOLE DIGGING A HOLE. Nick lives in Brighton near the seaside and the famous pier.

My children absolutely adore this book. I don’t know how many times I have read this book to them. Almost every night this is one of the books they bring to me to read for their bedtime. My son is 3 years old and my daughter is 2 years old. Both of them have already started guessing some words from the book even before I read it loud. They really love the bright and bold pictures. They enjoy spotting all the detail in the brightly coloured illustrations. In my opinion, this book is really good for children and great for helping their early phonic awareness of rhyme.