Thursday, 9 May 2019

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been reading in April

Lily is a lot fussier with the stories I read her now, and she does go back to her old favourites a lot of the time, but I do get chance to introduce her to new books each month. Just don't get to read them as often as I would like. I think it is because she is getting older and the repetition of the same books doesn't interest her as much as it did when she was little. 

You can read all my other book reviews Here

So last month I let Lily select which ones she wanted to read. She chose 2 new books for me to read this month. Her stories are getting longer and so we aren't always getting through as many new books each month but I will still be letting you know about the ones we do read. 

Here is what we read in April - 




1. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson 
We love Juila Donaldson and have such a collection of them to read. This one we hadn't read before for bedtime but Lily told me she has been read it in nursery. The story is about an old lady who thinks her house is too small. She asks an old man how she can make her house feel bigger. Strangely he tells her that to make her house bigger she needs to bring in her animals. One by one she does and the house starts to feel smaller not bigger. So the old man tells her to remove the animals out the house and as she does she then realises her house was big after all. The story has loads of silly rhymes in it and flows really nicely to read. Lily thought this story was fantastic and she really enjoyed me reading it to her. Definitely one of the top Julia Donaldson books to read. You can buy this book in stores such as Waterstones. 

2. Alan's Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis
I do love stories that are based on animals that are normally scary animals but aren't in the story and this one is a great example of that. Alan has big scary teeth and one of the things he loves to do the most is scare the jungle animals. But what the animals don't know is that alan's teeth are fake and he removes them every night when he sleeps. One day the animals find out that they aren't real and see where he hides them at night. They decide to steal the teeth. Poor Alan wakes up and can't find them and is ever so upset and cries and cries. Soon the jungle animals feel bad for him and offer him his teeth back as long as he doesn't scare them anymore. He agree's and they then become friends and play lots of jungle games together. It is a really nice story about friendship and I enjoyed reading it to Lily. You can buy this book online.

Which of the 2 stories do you like the sound of and why? 

11 comments:

  1. A Squash and a Squeeze looks good fun!

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  2. I like the sound of both books. Julia Donaldson books are good. A Squish and a Squeeze sounds fun, and size seems to be what we perceive it to be. Alan's Big Scary Teeth, seems a fun book, friendships can come where and when least expected. Children do tend to enjoy books which have animals in the story.

    Sunday 12th May 2019 is Children's Day (UK) Enjoy! And Celebrate.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Recently been watching Planet Child on television. It stated that Japan has a low crime rate, well mannered respectful children. It also showed Japanese child travelling to school alone, and independent from a young age. Stating this was possible due to very low crime rate. Interesting to learn about other countries / Nationalities, cultures, etc.

    Makes me wonder what we could learn from other cultures. Some cultures appreciate / value their older people believing they are wise / knowledgeable due to their years of experience.

    I believe some other tv programmes have said that the Japanese tend to live healthily for a long time :- Their diet and lifestyle of regular exercise being mentioned as what helps them to achieve good health.

    I would like to see more children's book that encourage good manners, kindness, good friendships, healthy lifestyles, etc. As children are quick to learn, can instill happiness and humour in others, and are a valued element of our society.

    Rachel Craig

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  4. A Squash and a Squeeze, I think children would find the story quite amusing.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Alan's Big Scary Teeth :- Seems his teeth are only part of him. Allows children to see / perceive / understand the big / bigger picture, in a humorous story. His Scary Teeth aren't even real (false teeth). Takes time to really get to know an individual, there is more than one aspect to them, even when one element seems so obvious (stand out strongly). Stories with animals can be such fun.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. I like the children to read positive stories about animals and this sounds perfect as it is also about friendship. I appreciate and enjoy your monthly book reviews.

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  7. Lovely collection - I love them all

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  8. The book cover of Alan's Big, Scary Teeth. Makes me think of teeth, and how we want our children to have beautiful, white, healthy teeth.

    Cassie, have you come across any children's book/s /swhich covers the topic of healthy teeth / good oral health care routines / personal grooming, etc. Which you can / would recommend?

    I would very much appreciate such information / recommendations.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. Wondering what books you will have for May 2019 Monthly Book - Roundup.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. A Squash and a squeeze sounds good, definitely one my son would enjoy.

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