Monday 28 May 2012

Monday book review: Barefoot Books

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I was sent some books to review by Barefoot Books these are the two picture books I was given to share with my 5 year old.

1) Grandpa's Garden - Stella Fry and Sheila Moxley

All year, Billy helps his grandpa in the vegetable garden.

This is the delightful story of Billy and his grandpa in the vegetable garden. It takes you and your child through the seasons as there are different jobs to do depending on the time of year. It starts in winter when all seems dead and finishes with the autumn harvest.

The illustrations are bright and colourful and the story not too complicated. When it ends then there are tips for planting your own vegetable garden and each season has its own list of Grandpa's tips and jobs.

This book is therefore not just a story but also a gardening guide for children. This makes the price of £5.99 a very good one.

2) Port Side Pirates - Oscar Seaworthy and illustrator Debbie Harter

Oh we go this way, that way, port side, starboard over the deep blue sea!

Many people will be familiar with this song or variations on this song. In this book each verse is accompanied by illustrations of the young pirate crew as they go on their adventures. Each page has plenty to explore.

For the non musical the accompanying CD will provide the correct tune and professional voice of Mark Collins. If you are able to read music then the lyrics and tune are at the end of the book.

There are also some fascinating pirate facts plus a numbered guide to the parts of a pirate ship. The paperback with CD comes at £6.99 or without the CD for £5.99 so well worth the extra £1! If your child is a big pirate fan there is also an accompanying activity book (£3.99) and there will be a sticker book and pirate puppet in June.

Both of these books would make a lovely addition to your 3-7 year olds bookcase.

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