Book Review: The great tulip trade for 5-6 year old

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This book written by Beth Wagner Brust is about a girl named Anna who receives 8 tulips on her eighth birthday from her dad and how she trades 7 of them for a painting, a cabinet,  cot,  cat and many such things. After trading the seven tulips for more items than Anna could imagine, she retains the eighth one as it is a gift from her father.

This book belongs to level 3 reading category.  The title might suggest that the book will teach about trading and will not be quite imageinteresting like a story book. That is not at all true!!!

The book is quite interesting and my daughter enjoyed reading about tulips and came to know about the most beautiful and very rare Semper Augustus and when she googled to know what it looked like she simply loved the magnificent tulip. The kids will also get to know that Tulip trading was quite famous for a period of time!

This book has 48 pages and is neatly written.Since it is easy, and if you think your kid has the patience to go through all the pages, then I suggest it for a four year old kid as well.

It has very minimal educational value but definitely a thumbs up for early readers. Go for it! Have a good read!

 

Book Review: I can read with my eyes shut.

 

 

This time my six year old daughter did not want anything to do with princesses or fables.. so she went for “the cat in the hat”. I had read mixed reviews about Dr Seuss books. One even said she hates his books because the English is bad. I was a bit hesitant to let her choose this book, at the same time I did not want to curb her interest and force her to read something that I choose. Don’t you feel she should be given the freedom to make her own choices, at least to judge if it is good or not? So I promised, I will let her read this and see what she feels about it.

Strangely, she found it easier to read as small rhyming words were used to construct a sentence. She fell in love with the illustrations. It was relevant, simple and more like a doodle than a perfectly sketched drawing. This book had more than twenty pages but she loved the way it was written. It had a wacky plot, funny exclamations and a seamless flow to it.

This book will suit both boys and girls (since some mentioned his/her son or even daughter did not like pinkalicious) if you are looking at introducing Dr Seuss books , pls go ahead. This can never go wrong. In this, the cat in the hat says what all and how all it can read in a funny way. The kids get to identify and enjoy those rhyming words. They also get to learn new words and understand indirect/hidden messages.  If your child is 4 and below, I suggest you wait for an year or so.Here is one small excerpt which I loved

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My favourite from “I can read with my eyes shut”

Here is one more,

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A page from I can read with my eyes shut

 

Book Review : Little Miss Naughty

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The next book I picked was Little Miss Naughty by Roger Hargreaves. This book has one of the nicest and comical illustrations that will attract kids. Little miss naughty is nothing but an egg shaped doodle who likes to be naughty all the time. One fine day she wakes up and says it feels like a good day to be naughty and continues to be behave naughtily  with people she meets that day.

If you are expecting her to say sorry for the trouble she causes or the book to end with a note on discipline you will be disappointed. Even though that is important, that alone should not be the deciding factor when you pick this book. This is what I felt:

It is fun..

Great Illustrations!

Short sentences with good choice of words.

and the book size is easy enough to hold with just one hand.

Would have been much much better if Little Miss Naughty realises and says sorry for the trouble she causes

If you feel it is too plain without a plot or a good note, you can just skip this series.If you are looking for a casual read, then I suggest you let your child decide if she/he wants to go for this series. At the end of it you can discuss with your child and explain how she doesn’t apologize for the troubles she causes.

Have a goodread!

Book Review: Why read Pinkalicious – Princesses of pink slumber party ?

I recently stumbled upon a book in my library. I have not read it before or even heard about it in any of the online groups. But as soon as I picked it, I realized that my 6 year old daughter is definitely going to like it as she loves I can read series. It was this book called Pinkalicious — The princesses of pink slumber party by Victoria Kann.

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The cover is very attractive and a girl being a main character, I was sure this will keep her hooked. I understand not all kids fancy princess stories these days, but those who love this genre will definitely have loads of fun reading this. This is about a slumber party for all the princesses and what they wish to dream about that night. It has got the stereotypical pretty princess, tiaras, colorful illustrations and more than that it is a very light and fun read. If you are looking for non-Disney or the not-the-regular stories , this is will be a perfect choice. It comes in paperback format and cheaper but definitely a worthy one.

As I mentioned it is only a fun read and has very very minimal educational value!! This is perfect for 4-6 year old children. Since it is about a girl named Pinkalicious every single page is in pink!!! This can be a bit too much for some!

Some of the stories under Pinkalicious are royal tea party, soccer star, cherry blossom etc.  There are similar series like Purplicious, Goldilicious etc. Hoping to review them in the future.. Grab one today for the little one. Have a good read!