I have these 4 Children's books here from Dreamland Books Inc. Melissa (the owner, author, and a friend of my dad) sent them to me because, well, I have quite a few kids and I am in the kid business (Kozy and all). Of course I was THRILLED to get them . . . ya know, seeing as how I love books and all. And after I saw and read them, I was even more thrilled because I LOVED them!! She didn't ask me to blog about them or anything, but I wanted to because we have just enjoyed them so much over the past couple months that I wanted to share the love!!
I don't know if y'all know but I have read my share of children's books. I have a degree in English and have worked with children regularly since I was 12 (a kid myself). Before having my 6 kids I was a nanny for 2 yrs, then for 5 years before that I worked at an Early Learning Center. I also taught children's church for 12 yrs. Needless to say, I have been reading books to children for a LONG time. I dare say I have read 100's maybe even 1000's of books (or, well, I have read books to them 1000's of times, LOL, you know kids, they often like to hear the same book over and over and over . . . . ). Anyway, my point in all this blabbering is that despite having read so many children's books, I was really impressed by the quality and artwork of these books from Dreamland Books!
Lets just say that unlike many books we own, these are going on the high shelf and will only be looked at or read under supervision because I don't want them to be torn by little hands that don't yet know how to be careful! More work for me? Yes, but that is cool as long as these books don't get torn up, because I do really like them a lot.
Baby Animals was a favorite of my 2 yr old. He was enthralled with it and refused to let anyone else hold it! It is not only a counting book but teaches the months of the year as well. My 2 yr old would find the baby animals and then my 4 yr old would count them (don't you love how they worked together on this) and I had to keep reminding the older kids that this was a book geared towards little ones, so let them do the counting, LOL!! It is a simple book, perfect for little ones. With beautiful artwork and all those baby animals, I can see why my 2 yr old loves it so much!
I dare say Faces may be my favorite of the bunch, though that is hard to say because I really did love them all. I love books that get kids talking and discussing and this book definitely does! At each turn of the page we had something to talk about. It goes through 16 different kids and talks, in very simple language, a little about each one . . . and they are all unique. Using rhyming words even my 2 yr old can understand, we learn about where these kids grow up, who they live with, how they look, their likes and dislikes etc. Even some of their names are unique (which I can appreciate). And then the question at the end of each page shows how, despite many differences, we may actually have something in common. They were also able to find similarities between the kids in the book and some of their friends. A little precious and unique face innocently peeks at you on each page, and I found it a pleasure to read about each one of them!
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Lastly, here is Xian reading Animals to Thrace (2) and Dagyn (9mo)
After a few minutes, Dagyn got a little excited and decided to tackle the book!!
(ack, don't let him rip the book!!)
That is how it goes around here, well, when trying to read books with babies around LOL!!