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September 2018 Book of the Month
September 2018 Book of the Month | From the clever cut-outs on the cover which reveal three figures at different times of life, this will catch the eye and hold the attention of young children. A gentle rhyming text describes the five stages of man, from tiny baby to the quiet days of the elderly, reminding us that every bit of growing up – that ‘journey to be “me”’ – has its own joys and challenges. The illustrations are beautiful – calm and simple with muted colours, but full nonetheless of detail and a sense of the uninterrupted passing of time. Lovely to look at, and lovely to read too, this is a book children can return to over and over to check their own journey to adulthood.
As We Grow gently charts life’s journey, and is a great way to introduce discussions about the process of changing – from the tiny new baby, to the wrinkled and wise adult. With Libby Walden’s lyrical rhyming text and with clever die-cuts that enhance the appeal to small children, As We Grow is a picture book not to be missed.
This book comes with the additional benefit of aiding educators and supporting learning, as the subject of ‘growing up’ is covered in the current school curriculum. It is a book that gently educates curoius minds, that works equally well as a storybook, with it’s calming palette and lilting rhyme structure.
Praise for ‘Feelings’ by Libby Walden and Richard Jones;
“This is a stunning exploration into emotional literacy for young children. Full to the brim of delightful illustrations and with a brilliant use of colour, this book is a beautifully poetic look into a wide range of emotions ranging from ‘happy’ to ‘angry’ to ‘alone’ and ‘calm’.” – Book Bairn
“This book helps to identify emotions through beautiful evocative illustrations with cut outs and wonderful lyrical text” – Mums & Tots Magazine
“This thoughtful, gentle, fully accessible, peep-through book invites young children to embark on a stunning illustrated and rhyming exploration of emotional literacy.” – Lancashire Evening Post
“It’ll be a book that’s read time and time again. It provides a great starting point to then be able to go on and explore feelings further through activities and conversation.” – @_timeforastory
“Rather than a traditional story, each page describes a different emotion in a beautifully lyrical way. Using a variety of lovely metaphors (water for sadness, an emerald mist for envy, a steel drum party for happiness etc) the writer explains our strongest feelings in a way that is really easy for a little mind to understand.” – The Butterfly Mother
|Publication date:||6th September 2018|
|Publisher:||Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
Libby Walden is an editor at Caterpillar Books and a book review blogger at Through the Wardrobe. Libby’s days are filled with writing, reading and dreaming up new books. Read more about the author here.More About Libby Walden