Down in the valley life is happy and peaceful – bears, foxes and birds roam the beautiful countryside. The different species live harmoniously alongside each other.
Then one day a big dog appears. The dog has a terrible hunger and eats everything in his sight. To try and calm him, a fox steps forward and plays a tune on his fiddle, but the dog just gobbles him up. The fox continues to play his tune from within the dog’s tummy and it’s heard by some brave bunnies who try to rescue him – but they also find themselves in the belly of the beast.
The dog refuses to listen to reason and continues to feed his hunger by consuming everything in his path – but deep in his tummy a community of animals is coming together. They light a fire and sit down to talk of the future. Together, they work together to rebuild their world on the inside.
When I spotted the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series of books I knew I had to get them for Ivy. I bought 6 of them, each highlighting the life of an inspirational woman from history, with the intention of putting them away until she’s a tiny bit older. However she spotted them and was fascinated straight away. She’s too young to understand the stories and their significance yet but she seems drawn to the beautiful illustrations. Her favourite seems to be this one, which runs through the amazing life of Rosa Parks.
It shows all of the injustices and inequalities she had to deal with as a child and the inspiring way in which she stood up and made a massive difference.I definitely recommend checking it out (along with the rest of the series).
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Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima is a glorious little book about discovering your true self.
Kelp is born in the ocean and grows up believing he’s a Narwhal like his friends – but deep down he knows he’s a little bit different.
One day he gets swept away by a strong current and finds himself close to the shore. Up on a cliff he spots a majestic horned creature which looks just like him.
Is he brave enough to venture on to land and discover who he really is? And if he does, will he ever be able to return to his Narwhal friends?
This book carries such a great message about inclusion, diversity and being true to yourself.
Highly recommended – and the illustrations are some of the loveliest I’ve seen.
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Ivy loves the illustrations in this colourful book which celebrates everyone’s differences.
Have big ears? That’s fine. Got an invisible friend? No problem. Come from a different place to your friends? That’s okay. Like to eat macaroni cheese in the bath? Cool!
It’s a really positive and happy book and you can’t help but smile when reading it. Nice work Todd Parr!
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The little girl in this story – Lulu – shares Ivy’s love of books and the library so I love this one.
Every Saturday Lulu’s daddy takes her to the library so she can pick a selection of books for the week ahead.
Every evening her mummy or daddy reads her a story and the next day we see how the story influences the games she plays on her own or with her friends.
The books inspire her to become a princess, a pilot, a tiger, a farmer and a host of other things!
It’s a great story which shows the power of the imagination and how important it is for kids to develop an interest in books.
This book is beautifully illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw and our copy came with a CD of the story bring read in 19 different languages including Welsh, French, Arabic, Swahili, Tamil, Urdu, Mandarin and Japanese!
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