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Mummy Bear's favorite game when she was little was chasing butterflies in Bluebell Meadow. Now little bear can't wait to find this magical place for herself! When a butterfly lands on her nose, she sets out to find Bluebell Meadow with the help of her animal friends. Chasing the butterflies and making daisy chains is so much fun she completely forgets the time! I wish I could stay here forever, she yawns, when a soft voice tells her to wake up. Could it all have been a dream? A gentle story about a little bear and the power of dreams, with a magical twist at the end. The stunning illustrations and heartwarming characters will make this book a special treat for bedtime reading.
While all the other animals are busy arguing over who is the best, only the Raccoon is happy for all of them. Although each animal is different, can they learn to appreciate each other and live together happily? In a sunny meadow there's everything the animals could dream for. But they often argue and always try to decide who is better. Everyone's saying what their quality is without appreciating the others. The giraffe is proud to be the tallest, the hedgehog is the spikiest, the pig the most round, the frog the most green...Everyone disagrees. Only the raccoon is happy for the others, he's so happy for them that he's the happiest animal that needs to dance his happiest dance. In the end his sincere joy is so infectious that all the animals join in his happy dance.
A familiar family situation is explored in this gentle picture book which offers lots of opportunity for discussion particularly about sharing and generosity. Archie feels left out when his big brother comes home from a party with a party bag so Mummy suggests they go out together and fill a special bag with treasures just for Archie. All is going well until a magpie spots the glittering marble Archie has found and steals the bag. Help comes from an unexpected quarter. Children will enjoy the story and helpful examples of questions parents or adults can ask young readers are included at the end of the book. ~ Andrea Reece
A sweet story about kindness and encouragement. When Little Owl is in need, Wolf tries to help by teaching her how to fly. Little Owl doesn't find learning easy, however, and Wolf soon loses his patience with her. What will it take for Wolf to realise that all his friend needs is kindness and encouragement to succeed. This beautiful story about teaching and learning is sure to appeal to any child with younger siblings.
A touching story about being lost and found again. One day, while Max and Bear are flying kites, Bear gets tangled up in the string and flies far away from home. He bumps his head and when he wakes up, he's lost! Can Bear get home in time to tell Max his bedtime story? This touching picture book will appeal to any child with a favourite toy.
A funny and charming picture book about sibling rivalry and the hurry to grow up. George is Lottie's big brother. He can run faster and reach higher than her. One day at the fairground, they spot the super-duper Big Dipper rollercoaster. Lottie is too small to ride it, but George is determined to prove that he's grown up enough to handle anything... I'm Bigger Than You is the perfect bedtime story for siblings.
All the animals are frightened of Snip Snap Croc. She could gobble them up in one bite! Snip Snap Croc swishes her tail and sings to all the creatures on the shore, showing them just how sharp her teeth are. All the mums in the jungle warn their children about the Snip Snap Croc - Mama Baboon and her baby, Mama Meerkat and her little ones, even Mama Lion and her bouncy little cubs. But on the sandy bank, something strange and wonderful is happening: underneath Snip SnapCroc's tummy the ground begins to move, and up to the surface come a clutch of eggs, each carrying a baby Croc. And with 23 little babies all of her own, it's Snip Snap Croc who's singing to her babies to be careful. This timeless book shows that even the scariest animals have a softer side, and is sure to appeal to young lovers of jungle animals everywhere. Beautifully illustrated, QED Storytime introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and sharing stories. Discussion points for parents and teachers are also included.
Shark is big and scary and all the other fish are afraid of him. But with no one to play with Shark is lonely. One day Shark sets off with a mysterious bag. One by one he snaps up Lobster, Octopus, Starfish, Turtle and Jellyfish who have no idea what's going on. The fish are very worried they might get eaten when suddenly they are poured out of the bag, to find a huge cake Shark made all by himself! All he wanted to do was share it with them! Next time you invite us for tea you could just ask, says Octopus. A gripping story with a twist that can be read with lots of tension and enthusiasm, this book is sure to be a firm read-aloud favourite.
The Littlest Dragon can't run fast, is always last in the flying races and, worst of all, can't breathe fire. Being so little makes him sad, until Little Bird turns up and shows him that with a little help from a friend, anything is possible. When winter arrives and all the other dragons catch a cold and their fires go out, only Little Dragon can keep them warm. Will he be able to breathe fire after all? This lovely book about being small and still finding a fire inside you is sure to appeal to families everywhere. And its message of friendship will resonate for anyone feeling different and alone.
William loves having a bedtime story read to him at night, but when his baby brother comes along his Mum and Dad are busy all the time. William goes in search of a new home, but soon discovers that it's not easy to find somewhere that's just right for him and his book: the ducklings' lake is too wet; Little Mouse's mousehole is too small; Little Wolf's cave is too dark; and although Owl loves reading, his nest is much too high. As night draws in, there's only one place he wants to be. This funny and touching story about where you really feel at home is a great addition to the Storytime series from a talented Croatian illustrator.
What's the secret of sleep? wonders a wide-awake Little Chick. With the bright moon by her side she sets sail on a journey of discovery, making many new friends along the way. Can they help her find the secret to a good night's sleep? Beautifully illustrated, QED Storytime introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and sharing stories. Discussion points for parents and teachers are also included.
Superchimp is the hero of the rainforest. He spends his days rescuing baby parrots from trees and hippos who are stuck in the mud - no job is too big or too small for Superchimp. He even wears a cool cape, and rides around in a chimpmobile! But despite his bravery, even Superchimp gets scared sometimes... although the person he is most afraid of is not as terrifying as you might think! When Mum bellows at Superchimp to tell him it's time to come home, he obediently obeys. It seems Superchimp can be a superhero just as long as he doesn't upset his Mum and is home in time for tea - which is a lesson any child should know! A tounge-in-cheek way to introduce the topics of helping others, overcoming your fears and understanding rules.
A funny, rhyming story about a girl who keeps losing her beloved yet troublesome pet chameleon. It's not her fault though, changing colour is what chameleons do best! Mum is angry at the disappearing critter, and the girl must convince her that the pet can stay. Can she find away of keeping track of her troublesome pet? This colourful and amusing rhyming tale is perfect for introducing children to the responsibilities involved with pet ownership, as well as learning about different colours. With fun activities and discussion points at the back of the book for both parents and teachers, My Colourful Chameleon is perfect for both storytime and the classroom.
When Pip the mouse learns that the moon is made of stinky cheese, he has a big idea - he's going to be an Astromouse! Pip makes himself a rocket out of an old funnel and some cardboard, and prepares for take-off. But blasting to the moon is harder than he thought and things don't go quite to plan. On his way home Pip sees a huge reflection of the moon in a pond. The moon has come to him! As he reaches down to break off a piece of stinky cheese, the eyes of a large frog appear and a frightened Pip runs all the way back home. He decides the moon is far to scary for a mouse, and he'd much rather live with his mum instead. A heartwarming story about the big dreams of a little mouse, this picture book is sure to delight and entertain.
Rory is always putting things off and always running late. It's driving his family mad! What will it take to make him change his ways? Each time he is asked to do something for someone, Rory's response is In a minute... . But what Rory doesn't realise is that he is taking far longer than a minute to get round to doing the task. When the tables are turned though, will Rory finally realise the error of his ways? This heart-warming and humorous tale will have every child pausing for thought when they distractedly respond, In a minute, Mum... This gentle and funny introduction to time management and learning to tell the time is perfect for reading at bedtime with a family member or sharing in the classroom. Also includes a set of supporting notes for parents and teachers with questions to encourage discussion of the themes in the book, either at home or in the classroom.
Kind Mr Bear is very kind. He's always happy to help those in need. But the animals in the forest are so used to him being there, they start to take his help for granted. Then one day Mr Bear gets ill and finds himself all alone in his cave. Will anyone come to help him? Beautifully illustrated, QED Storytime introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and sharing stories. This touching title from award winning author/illustrator Steve Smallman shows that when it comes to true friends, kindness is something to give as well as receive.
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