We love ‘Augustus and His Smile‘ by Catherine Rayner so we were really excited to see this lovely counting book which features the same character.
The book starts with lovely Augustus sitting on his own feeling lonely, but as we slowly count from 1 to 10 he meets some new friends, including bugs, birds, butterflies and bees.
This feels like it has a little more depth than your average counting book because the themes of friendship and nature are central to the simple narrative. As always, Catherine Rayner‘s illustrations are breathtaking and the animals seem to jump off the page.
If you’re looking for a baby or toddler gift that is educational, sturdy and beautiful to look at then this would be perfect.
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This beautiful book from Britta Teckentrup takes us on a journey around the world and shows us animals in many different habitats all united by one common thread.
Whether you’re a deer in the mountain or a bunny in a field you still play the same games under the same sky. Whether you’re a dolphin in the ocean or a bird in flight you still sing the same songs under the same sky.
The poignant illustrations and the cleverly arranged cut-out sections draw your child in and encourage them to peek through to the next page, whilst the thoughtful text teaches an important lesson. We are all different but we all share the same hopes and dreams for ourselves and our loved ones. If we unite and celebrate our similarities and differences then the world will be a better place for all of us.
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Iris and Isaac are beautiful polar bears and they are best friends. However their inability to share causes them to have a little falling out. Iris makes a snow nest which is a bit too small for both of them to snuggle up in. They each try to squish their big bottoms in, trying to get a bigger space for themselves but they end up destroying the whole nest and walking away from each other in a huff.
However they soon discover that life can be pretty sad without someone to share it with. When Iris spots a flock of snowy white ducks in flight she wishes she could tell Isaac about it – and Isaac spots the northern lights he wishes Iris was there to share the moment with him.
Can these lovely bears learn to share so they can be friends again?
Poor Augustus the tiger is sad. He’s lost his smile and he can’t find it anywhere!
Determined to find it, he sets off on a quest which takes him to the top of the tallest trees, the bottom of the deepest oceans and the peaks of the highest mountains. Will he find his smile at the end of his journey, or is it just possible that it has been with him all along?
Ivy loves tigers and the beautiful illustrations (by the author, Catherine Rayner) in this book mean she pulls it down from our shelf to be read again and again. The pictures are simple but you can really feel every emotion that the tiger feels.
The story is a lovely exploration of the wonder of nature which ultimately shows that it’s the simple things in life which makes us happy.
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Abigail is a beautiful giraffe who loves to count – however the things she wants to count won’t keep still!
A ladybird scuttles away when she tries to count his spots. Then she tries leaves but the zebra gobbles them up faster than she can count them. As each attempt at counting is scuppered she starts to get frustrated and when night falls she is ready to give up.
However when they look up, Abigail and her friends discover that nature has given them a whole sky full of twinkling stars which they can count together.
The illustrations in this one are breathtaking and there’s a fantastic fold out page where you can stretch Abigail’s long neck up to the sky. Ivy was super excited when she discovered that page and now she squirms in anticipation as we get to the end of the story.
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This adorable little green thing is a Slodge and she is the very first creature on earth. She watches the first sunrise and the first sunset and as she surveys the world she thinks it all belongs to her.
However one day she awakens from a nap to discover that someone or something has taken a bite out of her fruit. She soon discovers there’s another Slodge who looks just like her.
Learning to share her world proves difficult but when the two Slodges are forced to work together to survive they realise that life just might be better as a twosome.
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Ivy LOVES Silly Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle.The story calls for lots of interaction so it’s perfect for burning off some excess energy.
Dizzy is a big,red dinosaur who loves to be tickled but is a tiny bit clumsy.As you move through the book you need to tickle him, talk to him and rotate/shake the book to keep him happy and stop him from hurting himself. However despite your best efforts he bumps his nose and you need to give him a big kiss to make him feel better.
Whenever this book comes out we read it multiple times in a row and there are always fits of giggles (from both of us!)
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Our bedtime book this evening was this beautiful classic.
It’s the night before Christmas, everything is ready for the big day and everyone is sound asleep. But then a little boy wakes up to a sound outside and heads to his bedroom window to see what is going on. Could it possibly be Santa and his Reindeer in the garden?
There are lots of different picture book versions of this classic poem but I’d definitely recommend this one as the illustrations are gorgeous.
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