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Alison Davies is an author, columnist for Child Education and a freelance writer for a range of magazines including Nursery World and Mother and Baby. As a professional storyteller she works regularly in schools, nurseries and libraries, with children of every age, using storytelling techniques to develop literacy and numeracy skills. She believes that stories are paramount to human nature, and that they can help us experience and make sense of the world. She is a champion of reading to babies, and feels it is essential to every aspect of their well being.
This delightful dip in book helps parents who want to give their baby the best start in life. It helps them pick the right type of board and picture books to enhance their baby's reading, writing and numeracy skills and it also shows them how to develop these skills using imaginative play with lots of storytelling and communication activities. You'll find all the books selected in this parenting guide on Lovereading4kids and more often than not you can check out an extract too before deciding whether it's the right book for child. If you've already got one of the selected books then use Alison Davies' suggestions for guidance.
Enter the secret world of creepy crawlies with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Bugs offers a modern reference to identifying these glorious insects of all shapes and sizes. Featuring 40 of the most distinctive bugs from around the world, this book is the perfect companion for anyone looking to reconnect with nature, whether that's when out walking or from the comfort of an armchair. Each bug has been exquisitely illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost and is accompanied by all-important information including their habitat, distribution and size, plus an interesting fact or fable. There is also an interactive spotter's guide, where you can check off and note the date of each time you spot a new insect. Reacquaint yourself with the familiar Bumble Bee and Earthworm, as well as discovering new species such as the Giant Mesquite Bug, Lily Moth and Picasso Bug. This informative guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. Mark Twain Do you feel like you're drowning in to-do lists, or overwhelmed by the number of possessions in your house? Tidying presents the opportunity not only to transform the physical spaces in which you spend time, but also to free the mind of daily stresses. This inspirational little book brilliantly simplifies the art of tidying up and reveals the benefits you will experience from getting your life, home and workplace in order. Motivating quotes, practical tidying tips and simple exercises help you to identify the things that are really significant and worth holding on to. Gain confidence and control with The Little Book of Tidiness, and seize the chance to make the most of less.
Enigmatic, alluring and almost always quirky, cats and the ladies that love them share much in common. As individual as their feline counterparts, crazy cat women exude charm and, while they have their eccentricities, they refuse to hide them. Instead, they take centre stage and celebrate what makes them unique; the bond between femme fatale and feline furry. While some sneer at the general adoration cat ladies dish out to their beloved puss (along with the finest fresh salmon) those of us in the know understand that what we give out, we get back in so many delightful ways. Yes, cat ladies go the extra mile when it comes to anything feline related. It's all part of the fun. So here's to all you feline loving ladies! This book is a celebration of your pawsomeness. And if you're on the fence when it comes to embracing your inner cat craziness, but recognise some of the 50 traits outlined in these pages, don't be shy. Come join the party - it really is where all the cool cats hang out.
Celebrate spring and summer as a time of renewal with Flora the Roman Goddess of flowers and learn about balance in Litha. As the nights get longer, create beautiful garlands of herbs to ward off evil spirits. Explore the magic of each month, with mystical tips and practical projects, and delve into the annual cycle of a modern mystical year. With supersitions and sayings, crystals, birds and beasts, this is a book for the modern mystic that is accessible for everyone. Based on spirituality in nature, The Mystical Year reveals how to wind down, and celebrate the seasons with folklore, festivals and simple, creative projects for each month of the year.
Embrace your inner cat with this light-hearted self-help book. From living in the moment, trusting your sixth-sense instincts, to taking cat naps and even going feral, this book will show you how to benefit by unleashing your innate cattitude.Cats' ability to seize the day makes them excellent examples of how to make the most of every moment; whether it's playing an impromptu game of chase the sock, or an opportune swiping of a slice of roast chicken, our cats have it sorted. They're flexible but also prepared to tread their own path and they recognise the importance of play and rest in equal quantities.This book reveals the nine different traits that you can take on board to Be More Cat and live a happier, healthier and all-round 'feline fabulous' existence. Packed with practical tips and exercises, interspersed with folklore and fun facts about our kitty gurus, there's something for everyone. So stretch out, relax and learn the art of being more cat.
'Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.' Helen Keller The ties that bind us don't have to be physical. Every time we meet someone, we forge a bond, a spiritual cord that ties us together. Us can be two, three or more! Whether a collective or a couple, lovers or friends, 'us' is about the connection. The Little Book of Us is a collection of 150 inspiring quotes and practical exercises that capture the spirit of togetherness. Whether celebrating friends, family or 'the one', let this book guide you through the many forms of love, with tips on how to meet your soul mate, explanations of romantic gestures and an exploration of traditions and marriage customs from around the world. The perfect gift for that special someone in your life to remind them how much you love them.
Say hello to your inner bee with this light-hearted self-help book. From defying the odds and reaching for the stars, to working hard as part of a team, this book will show you how to go after your goals and get a buzz out of life. Bees' determination and drive makes them excellent examples of how to make the most of every moment; whether it's their magical honey-making capabilities, their matriarchal mantra, or the fact that they're really just big softies, bees have it sorted. Tenacious, resilient and kind, bees hold the key to a wonderful life. This book reveals the seven marvellous traits that you can embody to Be More Bee and live a happier, healthier and all-round more buzzed existence. Packed with practical tips and exercises, interspersed with folklore and fun facts about these fuzzy gurus, there's something for everyone. So take to the sky, bumble along and learn the art of being more bee! All you've got to do is BEE-lieve.
Embrace your inner canine and Be More Dog! From finding your wag to barking loudly and making friends, this book will show you how to say 'woof, woof, woof' to life. Whether it's a mad dash around the local park or sneaking an errant sausage off the BBQ, the world is a wagtastically wonderful place full of fun and treats if you're willing to open your heart. From Great Danes to Miniature Dachshunds, Poodles to Chihuahuas, there's no such thing as an underdog - every pup has something to offer! This book reveals the different doggo traits that you can adopt to Be More Dog and live a happier, healthier, more 'courageous canine' existence. Packed with practical tips and exercises, interspersed with folklore and fun facts about our loyal, loving companions, there's something for everyone. So, throw yourself a bone, use the power of the paw and learn the art of being more dog.
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