Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Children's Picture Book Review: The Bear In Our Backyard by Emma Middleton, Illustrated by Briony Stewart 

From the author and illustrator of The Lion In Our Living Room comes their latest companion book, The Bear In Our Backyard.
Siblings Tom and Tilly are back, and this time they are spending the day with their mum. But watch out, because there is a big brown bear around, and she may be grumpy if she is woken from her nap!
They head outdoors to see if bear will emerge, and there is a lot of fun to be had!!

This book encourages imaginative play, and pays homage to mothers who create magical moments for their children in many different ways every day. 

It is available now through Affirm Press, and has an RRP of $24.99
For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 16 April 2018

Children's Picture Book Review:
The Last Peach by Gus Gordon

 I have previously featured one of Gus Gordon's other books (titled Somewhere Else), on the blog here.
His latest release is The Last Peach, which tells the story of two insects that discover a beautiful peach on a hot summer's day.
The peach looks so delicious that the two insects both want to eat it.
Will they come to an agreement and share the peach, or will neither of them get to enjoy it?

The illustrations in this book are quite unusual and appealing. I adore the end papers which are adorned with delicious-looking peaches!

The Last Peach has an RRP of $24.99 
For further in formation on this title, head here

Friday, 13 April 2018

Do You Know About? Science by Emily Dodd (DK Books)

If your young reader has questions about Science, this book has all of the answers!
So many topics are covered in this comprehensive guide.
The book is set out in an easy-to-read format, with photos and diagrams.
There are true or false sections, and quick quizzes to recap the information given, with an answer section towards the end of the book to check your child's responses.
The book begins with a summary about what Science is, and then goes on to The Living World, where topics such as What Do Lions Eat? and Why Don't Polar Bears Freeze? are answered.
It then moves on to the Human Body, which covers How Do Cuts Heal? and How Do I Breathe? and more.
The Material World explains what a metal is, and how plastic is made.
The Energy section discusses Electricity, Heat and Sound.
In Forces and Movement, your child can learn about magnets, and how planes stay in the air during flight.
And in the final section of the book, Our Planet, there are many interesting facts about Earth and Outer Space.

Do You Know About? Science is available through DK Books, and has an RRP of $24.99
For further information on this title, head here

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Children's Board Book Review: 
100 First Animals (DK Books) 

This large-sized board book is the perfect introduction to animals for babies and toddlers.
Many creatures great and small are featured in this book, with a blend of photgraphic and animated images to accompany each one.
The animals are grouped into sections, for example, In The Sea, Black And White, Scales And Shells, and more.
The point-and-say feature will allow your child to build their vocabulary as they learn about the animals.

100 First Animals has an RRP of $16.99 and is available through DK Books. 
For further information on this title, head here

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Beauty & Lace Book Club Book Review - P Is For Pearl

I have read Eliza Henry Jones' previous book, Ache; it was one that I really enjoyed and I thought that it was beautifully written. I have been a follower of hers ever since then.
(If you don't follow her on Instagram yet, her feed is well worth checking out. Eliza regularly posts beautiful images of the fresh produce that she grows on her Yarra Valley property.)

P Is For Pearl is Eliza's first Young Adult novel, written years ago but one that was never submitted as she didn't think it was good enough.
I'm glad that Eliza decided to revisit her manuscripts and have this published.
The book explores the complexities of grief, mental health issues, friendships and love in a delicate and touching manner.

The main character is Gwendolyn P. Pearson, aged 17 years-old, who lives in a small Tasmanian coastal town with her father, step-mother Biddy, step-brother Tyrone, and adorable younger step-sister Evie.
We find out early on that she lost both her mother and younger brother Jamie, but it is unclear when and how.

When an incident takes place at the cafe that she works at with her best friend Loretta, it triggers memories of those past tragic circumstances and Gwen is forced to face what happened to her family.
The story unravels slowly and the reader begins to piece it together bit by bit with a blend of Gwen's diary entries which focus on past events, as well as her present-day situation.

The cast of characters are true to life and each play an important role in the story. A few of my favourites include the local policeman,Martin, Gwen's school friend Gordon, and both Tyrone and Evie. 

This book is ideal for teenaged readers, as it touches on many issues that they themselves may be experiencing.

Thank you to Beauty & Lace Book Club and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review P Is For Pearl.
You can see my original review on the Beauty & Lace website here

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples - A Rainbow Cookbook For Australian Kids.

This cookbook is a fantastic way to get your kids not only cooking in the kitchen, but it also provides them with nutritional information about fruits and vegetables. 
There are some seriously delicious and healthy recipes included in this cookbook, which are divided up into sections according to their colour.
In the green group, some of the recipes include Spinach and Filo Tarts and Zucchini Frittata.
In the red group, Tomato Soup and Red Capsicum Hummus are featured amongst other yummy meals.
Layered Berry Cheesecake and Eggplant and Tomato Bake are a couple of recipes from the purple group.
Cornbread Mountain and Lemon Drizzle cake are featured in the yellow section.
And finally, in the orange group, your child can attempt Butternut Pumpkin Soup or Mango and Coconut Icy Poles.

The cookbook includes safety rules, and an equipment guide aswell.
There's plenty of helpful hints, and information about the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows And Purples is available through DK Books this April. It has an RRP of $24.99
For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 9 April 2018

Children's Picture Book Review: Oma's Buttons by Tania Ingram and Jennifer Harrison

When I received my copy of Oma's Buttons, I was instantly drawn to the beautiful illustrations. 
Jennifer Harrison's life-like images are so realistic that as I turned the pages, I felt as though I was looking at photographs.
Author Tania Ingram is equally as talented with her storytelling.
Her mother-in-law is the inspiration for the story of Oma's Buttons. She was born in a displaced persons camp in Kematen, and her experience as a refugee made her appreciate family traditions, as well as keeping memories of those near and dear in her heart.

In Oma's buttons, a young girl named Ruthie is visiting her Oma one day when she discovers a small tin filled with buttons in various shapes and sizes. 
Her Oma tells her that these buttons are memory buttons; each of the buttons reminds her of a special person and a special memory in her life that she has shared with that person.
There is a red one from her dear mother's apron that she wore when baking, one navy blue button from her husband's suit that he wore on their wedding day, and a wooden button from her who taught Oma about being brave. 
And there is even one that represents Ruthie!
But when she gets to keep a button that represents Oma and misplaces it, Oma shows her that there is one button that she can never lose..

This story is so beautiful. I love the bond that Oma and Ruthie share, and  have to admit that I actually cried whilst reading it with my youngest daughter! It is a really moving story about family and love. 
I highly recommend this lovely children's picture book.

Oma's Buttons has an RRP of $24.99.
For further information on this title, head here