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Jacob’s Toys – The Big Backyard Adventure #PictureBookReview 20

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First to flee were Ted and Dupree,

then Tess Turtle, Poncho and Mousy Dundee.

Not far behind was the smallest of all,

the teeny tiny reindeer that Jacob called Paul.

Jacob’s Toys – The BIG Backyard Adventure arrived in the mail last week all the way from Australia. As soon as the packaging was opened, we had an adorable picture book in our hands which was claimed by Dhruv right away even before I could have a good look at it. It was surprising for me to see him intently occupied with this book and I got to know why a little later.

Story – 

Jacob considers himself big enough to play with his soft toys. His Mum suggests finding them a new home but only after giving them a good wash. After the washing, Mum hangs the soft toys outside in the sun on the clothesline to dry where they happily dream of a new home. It’s here that the backyard adventure of the toys begins with the weather soon turning stormy, They get blown away, get lurked upon by a nasty Read more…

My Name is Not Alexander #PictureBookReview 18

Story – 

My Name is not Alexander is a book about a boy named Alexander and his interactions with his father during one whole day. The concept of this book is ‘Just how big can a little kid dream’. Each time Alexander’s father asks him to do a task; Alexander goes back in time into the American history and comes up with a name of a great person who shaped up America.

When he wakes up in the morning, his father greets him by his name only to be told by the little boy, that “My Name Is Not Alexander…I am Theodore, the greatest, grandest President who ever was!” His father responds by saying, “Well, Theodore park yourself here and save your energy for today’s game.”

Next, when his father calls him, “Theodore, finish eating and get ready to go.” The boy says, “My name is not Theodore! I am Thomas the greatest, brightest inventor who ever was!”

“Well, Thomas, let me see that brilliant smile light up the room,” the father tells him.

Thereafter he tells his father, at various points of time in the day, he is Joseph (Chief Joseph), Fred (Fred Astaire), Jackie (Robinson) and at the end of the day when he is about to go to bed, he wants to be called Daddy too.

My review –

The first big thing about this book is the mother figure is missing and the father is taking care of the child for the day. This is highly imperative for the boys in the Indian households to learn that looking after the day-to-day needs of a kid is not the mother’s responsibility alone and there are families in this world where fathers play an equal and important role. No wonder, such books are my favourite.

There are many positive adjectives in the book like greatest, grandest, brightest inventor, proudest warrior, smoothest dancer, bravest ballplayer, and coolest daddy. These are helpful in creating a positive self-image in the child and stretching the child’s imagination. I wish to see a book like this replete with Indian historical heroes.

The illustrations are attractive on a fine quality paper and do a fine job of binding the attention of both the kids and the adults.

There is a similar book ‘My Name is not Isabella’ where a little girl Isabella imagines herself to be the greatest women from American history.

My Verdict –

This book is appropriate for the age group 3 – 5. It is perfect for kids who are constantly imagining what they want to become when they grow up.

I strongly recommend ‘My name is not Alexander’ (and ‘My name is not Isabella’) to be a part of the bookshelf of every little boy and girl.

Author:  Jennifer Fosberry

Illustration:  Mike Litwin

The Colour Thief #PictureBookReview 17

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The Story –

The Colour Thief is a story of Zot who lived on a planet which had no colours. Everything was grey and black. The grass, the sky, the sun, and the flowers, none of them had any colours. This made Zot and his friends sad.

Zot would sit on a mountain and watch a sparkling colourful planet far away in the space. He imagined that place to be a happy place. He decided to go there and find happiness for himself. He, thus, set off in his spaceship.

When he reached the Read more…

Our book reading rituals #MondayMusings

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Dhruv and I have been reading together almost daily for the past 4 years. We never jump onto the first page of the story right away. I am not a ritualistic person. Yet, there are a few rituals I, or rather both of us, have incorporated into our daily reading.

  • Authors and Illustrators

The names of authors and illustrators are as important as the story in the book. Hence, first of all, we acknowledge them. This has helped us see the similar patterns in the illustrations of a particular illustrator. We can make out the differences in the pictures of Patrick Benson, Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb and the likes of them. Read more…

Our 7 favourite picture book authors #BarAThon 2017 Day 4

For Day 4 of Bar-A-Thon 2017, I have put together a list of Dhruv and my 7 favourite picture book authors whose works we have enjoyed reading over the past years –

1) Dr. Seuss

pixlrNo childhood is complete without reading The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. These 2 were a part of our first box set – Dr Seuss Beginner Books Collection. The repetitive rhyming words in the simple stories with a doze of humour appealed the most to us. Dr Seuss books are a vast collection ranging from –

Blue Back Books – for sharing with children in Read more…

When mummy killed interest! #MondayMusings

Him: Mummy, can I paint with water colours?

Me: It is not the right time now. I will be serving dinner in next 5 minutes.

Him: I am getting bored.

Me: Wait for 5 minutes and we will have dinner.

Him: What do I do in the next 5 minutes? Stay bored?.

Me: Hmm, you can colour using colour pencils in the meantime. Water colours will be too messy at this time. You can use them to paint tomorrow after you come back from school. Read more…

Who makes light bulbs? #MondayMusings

There are many books from our book shelf which we keep going back to and read them again and again. There is one such book, which we have been reading over the last year and a half, ‘My Name is not Alexander’, never can get enough of it.

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The book cover

I love books where the mummy is missing from the plot and the daddy is independently taking care of the child. This causes a stir in Dhruv’s mind and out pops up the question every time, “Where could be his mummy?” This leads us to explore the various possibilities with the mummy being dead Read more…

The Compulsive Book Buying Syndrome #MondayMusings

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On the way, while driving back home from Dhruv’s Phonics class.

I am thinking of dropping by the bookstore today? It has been days since we have gone there. What do you think? Shall we?

Oh yes, Mummy. I think we must go.

At the bookstore, both of us made an entry heading straight for the shelf which houses the books of our interest. Dhruv found his book, asked me if we can buy it, I gave a nod, he gave me a contending smile. He went to the sitting area to look into his book, while I sat down to scan the shelf. Read more…

Reclaiming the lost era through picture books

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I am a book person and no place fascinates me more than a library and a bookstore. I picked up serious reading pretty late in life after completing my formal education. My school and college life was Read more…

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