Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monthly Book Roundup - What We have been Reading in April

Each month I write about which books we have been reading during the month. I usually introduce Lily to 4 or 5 new books each month while at the same time reading some of our favourites. We have story time each night and always read 2-4 stories, depending on how tired she is. 

You can read all the other book roundups from the last 2 years here

Another month and so here is another selection of books. This month Lily chose most of her stories and they all happened to be fairytale classics. All but one that I chose, and I chose that story as I felt it had a nice spring feeling to it. 

So here are our 4 choices of books for this month - 



1. All together Now by Anita Feram 
This was my favourite story to read and even my partner said it was one of his favourites. So that really means its a good one. This was the story I chose for Lily because I felt it had a nice spring feeling to it. The story features a bunny, a little duckling and a mouse. They all have a special little song that they love to sing, and that little song/rhyme is placed at the start of the story and the end. The story is all about how the bunny, little ducking and mouse became a family and talks about which parts of the little song is all about them. It is such a sweet story to read and I find it quite a relaxing one to read for bedtime. The rhyme that is sung is very sweet too. The illustrations are full of flowers and it really is a nice book to read at springtime. I would recommend looking on Ebay to buy this book. It doesn't cost much and really is a lovely story. 

2. Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Miles Kelly Edition 
Incase you don't know, the story of goldilocks is all about a little girl who stumbles across a house which 3 bears live. She eats their porridge, breaks a chair, and sleeps inside the bears bed, then she gets caught by the bears and runs away. This edition from miles kelly is such a nice edition. It is illustrated really well and tells the story nicely. Though the story does slightly differ at the end when the story doesn't tell you about the beds being to hard, too soft and just right. The front cover also has glitter on which is something that Lily loves. If you are looking for a Goldilocks and the three bears story then this one is great. You can buy this from the Miles Kelly Website. 

3. Little Red Riding Hood - Miles Kelly Edition 
Lily also chose another Miles Kelly story this month and chose Little Red Riding hood. Incase you don't know this classic story. It is all about a little girl going to visit her grandma. But before she does she meets a wolf and tells that wolf she is going to grandma's house. He sneaks there before her so then he can try and eat little red riding hood. In this edition, grandma hides in the wardrobe before the wolf comes in. Little Red riding hood turns up and there are the usual words spoke of "Grandma, what big ears you have" "All the better to hear you with" and then the woodcutter comes and saves the day by chasing away the wolf. Again the book has lovely illustrations and it really is a nice edition of the story. It also has some glitter on the front cover which made Lily very happy. You can buy this book from the Miles Kelly Website. 

4. The Big Sad Wolf and The Mean Little Pigs, as told by Humphrey Bookworm - By Laura Wood
If you love the story of the 3 little pigs then you will love this version with a twist! The story is the same classic story about the 3 little pigs and their houses getting blown down, only the wolf is actually friendly, has a cold and actually wants to make friends with the pigs. But the mean little pigs won't let the wolf into their house and when the wolf sneezes he accidently blows down their house making the pigs not want to be his friend even more. Humphrey bookworm is a worm that loves to eat books and then tell the stories to his little friend. He says that there are always 2 sides to every story and this was a different tale to the one you usually hear.
I love this book, what a great idea to tell the tale but in a different way and also what a nice lesson to learn in life to see what things aren't always what you think they are. Lily loved this story and it ended up being her favourite. You can buy this story from Amazon. 

Which of the above books do you like the sound of? 
 

10 comments:

  1. All Together Now :- Family, Spring, Rhyme / Song. They all appeal to me, and aspects and themes which the children would love.

    Rachel Craig

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  2. All together now sounds great. We love our rhyming books. We've been reading a lot of classic fairy tales too.

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  3. The classics - like a trip down memory lane - love them all
    No 3 is my favourite

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  4. Little Red Riding Hood. A fairy tale which I do get some frank advice ( lesson/s) from. As the wolf pretends to be someone he is not. He pretends to be Grandma ( an old, frail, kind person :- Known, Loved, Trusted, etc). Warns me and probably others to be very, very careful. Be self aware. Remember to be wary, aim to protect self from being vulnerable / taken advantage of / being at risk of harm from ( a baddie, who may not always be obvious. As baddies can be in disguise physically with clothing, in speech manner etc. As cunning / sly).

    Some of the older fairy tales are great. They have lots of messages for us to learn, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Love all of these especially Goldilocks and the 3 bears

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  6. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a classic. A fairytale which has been read and enjoyed many times, by many people.

    Rachel Craig

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  7. The Big Sad Wolf and the Mean Little Pigs, sounds interesting.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. Thanks for including the link to your other Monthly Book Roundups. Great to get the chance to read your reviews.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. Looking forward to more Monthly Book Roundups.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Love all these stories haven't read all together now . My daughter fave just now is the 3 little pigs

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