Teachers that help children find their voice are magic! (BookBairn has been very lucky so far to have two superb teachers that made/make her...

My Beautiful Voice

Friday, October 15, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

Teachers that help children find their voice are magic! (BookBairn has been very lucky so far to have two superb teachers that made/make her feel confident and really that’s my dream teacher!)


My Beautiful Voice by Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpoys is a truly beautiful book. The artwork throughout is spectacular and I just adore the colour palette, the vibrancy of the colours really brings the children and their story to life. I love the larger-than-life Miss Flotsam, the teacher, who is full of adventure and joy. I love how she brings out the best in her pupils.

And one pupil in particular, the unnamed narrator of the story, needs more encouragement than others to find his voice. Miss Flotsam realises this gentle soul needs quiet heroes and secret worlds, to unlock his voice and find the words to whisper at first building to a crescendo of bravery and self-expression. It’s just magical. The words are uplifting, the message heartwarming and the illustrations provide whisks of magic that will utterly enchant.


It really is a must-have book!


Happy reading,

Kim

Disclaimer: My Beautiful Voice was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.

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  I hardly know where to start with this beautiful and fascinating book which is packed full of wonderful tales of nature from folklore. It’...

Lore of the Wild

Monday, October 11, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 

I hardly know where to start with this beautiful and fascinating book which is packed full of wonderful tales of nature from folklore. It’s hard to do Lore of the Wild by Claire Cock-Starkey & Aitch justice!


Working through tales of animals, birds, insects, flowers plants and trees and then looking at weather lore - there are stories from all around the world. With lots of hidden messages and morals, as you’d expect from folklore, this really is a fascinating compendium to enjoy in bursts of story. Unsurprisingly, we have read the entire bird section, and BookBairn loves the story of the King of the Birds - although she does find it a bit unjust!


Also fascinating is the section on good and bad luck with lots of interesting traditional lore about omens and symbols.


It feels like a perfect autumn read (though it’s not actually a seasonal book) but something about curling up with this by the fire gives me all the autumn vibes. The artwork throughout is truly breath-taking and have a modern take on a traditional design making them wistful and totally appropriate for a compendium of folklore tales. Also those endpapers!!!



This will no doubt be a book we read over and over, dipping into the stories, all autumn!

Happy Reading,
Kim x

Disclaimer: Bird's Eye View was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.


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I’m sticking with my description! The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld is StickMan meets Hilda! And who doesn’t want to...

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Friday, October 08, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

I’m sticking with my description! The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld is StickMan meets Hilda! And who doesn’t want to read that? It’s a whimsical modern-yet-timeless fairy tale that is packed full of dry humour and wit.


For years, the king and queen have happily ruled their pleasant land whilst longing for a child. So one night the king when to see the royal inventor and the queen went to see a clever old witch. They both asked for the same thing: a child. (Side note - the king and queen could probably work on their communication skills here! ;) ). And at last their wishes are granted, in the form of a little wooden robot (created by the inventor) and an enchanted log princess (the witch’s creation). There’s just one catch: every night, the princess turns back into a log. And that is where the adventure begins!


When the log princess goes missing, her brother, the little wooden robot, sets out on an epic journey to find her. He encounters goblins, magic puddings, a mushroom queen and in the end a very intimidating woodpile - any of which could be his sister!


Ultimately this book is about sibling love! It’s exquisitely illustrated, moving, and funny tale! And there’s some very heroic woodlice! So what’s not to love?! I’m smiling just thinking about reading this too BookBairn!



And they all lived happily ever after!
Happy Reading,
Kim x



Disclaimer: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.

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  You know we love birds so it's not surprising  that these two new picture books are firm favourites !  100 Birds by Michael Whaite Yes...

Bird Picture Books

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 


You know we love birds so it's not surprising that these two new picture books are firm favourites


100 Birds by Michael Whaite



Yes we have a lot of birds. This isn’t even the full collection! 

One of our favourite family books is 100 Dogs so when I saw there was a bird version (there’s also a cat one but we are not a feline loving family) I just knew I had to have it. For any of you who have followed for a while will know that two years ago BookBairn’s fascination with birds began and she’s been a twitcher ever since. 

So obviously this was going to be a huge hit! Not only does it feature lots of her favourite birds and she can enjoy identifying them as we read. It also is written in the most brilliant bouncing and rhythmic rhyme! It’s a real mastery in world play and a great story for developing kids phonic knowledge without them, or even adults, noticing. It’s a joy to read aloud! There’s also a bird’s colourful tail feather hidden on every page which keeps The Wee Page Turner happy and the illustrations are bold, colourful and packed full of humour. We could pore over the artwork for ages just talking about what the bird characters are getting up to. It’s one of those deceptively simple books that packs a whole lot into it’s pages and we adore it! Highly highly recommend this one!

I always find it telling when reviews ares super easy to write! It means the book is FAB!


100 Birds by Michael Whaite

I cannot say how much I adore this book! I mean I really really love it! A lyrical exploration of the many sides of humanity - good and bad - told from the viewpoint go a bird overheard.


One day Little Bird leaves the safety of her mother’s nest (I mean already I’m finding this tugs my heartstrings!) and goes to explore the world. Mama bird warns her to watch out for people - but without really knowing exactly what they are and why her forefathers (or mothers) warned her off them. So on her flight, Little Bird sees many people who are all very different: she sees cruelty and greed, but also love and kindness.

“They were many many things,
said Little Bird.
But the ones I will remember most
Are the ones that were kind.”

This is such a beautiful exploration of the many sides of humanity and our connection with nature and the natural world. The artwork throughout is gorgeous with layers and texture and depth that really brings to life the idea that you re flying with bird and seeing humans from a bird’s eye view. It’s an expertly executed book with a deep and poignant message but it’s alos one that my kids ask to read over and over again - they do love a bird book - because it’s a beautiful and gentle story too.



If you have a little twitcher at home then these books would be a great read for them! We adore them!

Happy bird watching and reading,
Kim and BookBairn x


Disclaimer: Bird's Eye View was sent by the publisher for review. Words and opinions are my own. Please read our Review Policy  if you want to know more. If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.


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  Is it possible that many authors (and illustrators) spent the first lockdown writing festive and Christmas books? I think it must have bee...

Upcoming Festive & Christmas Kids Books - 2021

Sunday, October 03, 2021 BookBairn 1 Comments

 


Is it possible that many authors (and illustrators) spent the first lockdown writing festive and Christmas books? I think it must have been because there is a bumper load of new releases this year! As always it's likely I've missed something out, I had great difficulty getting this list down to 20! So you can imagine I've had to leave a few out! Without further ado:

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