“The VERY Hungry Caterpillar” – #BlogchatterA2Z

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle has been an all-time classic children’s story book since decades now and it definitely lives up to its reputation. This is the very first book that we got for Shaarav and I’m sure most of us have had a copy of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for their kids at some point. Over the years we have enjoyed it immensely and I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that Shaarav has grown with it, like literally. By far, it has been the most read book in our household. Also the most splattered on, sat on and slept on book in our collection and is still as beautiful as new and continues to grace our book collection.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What’s the story?

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a brilliant story of a tiny, adorable, hungry caterpillar who eats his way through a week’s worth of lots of different food items on different days to grow big and fat and later turning into a beautiful butterfly. Basically, it’s an enduring story of the life-cycle of a butterfly through an egg, caterpillar, pupa and eventually transitioning into a butterfly. A tiny hungry caterpillar hatches out of a lone egg on a leaf on a moonlit Sunday night. Initially he eats on a variety of different fruits slowly escalating the number through Monday to Friday but still remains hungry. On Saturday he binge eats on junk food and develops a tummy ache which he settles on Sunday after he eats a green leaf. But, he discovers that neither he is hungry anymore nor is he tiny and small. With all that eating he becomes fat and big and nestles himself in a self-made cocoon for two weeks only to come out as a vibrant and beautiful butterfly.

Eric Carle’s version of metamorphosis!
What did we like about it?

What we love about “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is how the very commonest marvels of Mother Nature has been so beautifully dramatized and weaved into a delightful story that’s sure to enchant your little reader. The graphics and design of this book is just so so spectacular that it instantly catches your little one’s attention. With very bright and sprightly pictures the story illustrates the life-cycle of a caterpillar starting from hatching from an egg to turning into a handsome butterfly. With a simple and easy to follow story-line, the books also suggests early introduction of counting and days of the week, and can be read to little readers as early as 6 months of age.

The Big Board Book and the Puppet Book versions

We loved “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” so much that we went a step further to include the finger puppet book apart from the big board book version. These were the very first books that we added to our library. The finger puppet gives a little extra dramatization and adds life to the storytelling. Both our versions are made in solid board book construction making it reasonably toddler proof which have proven their longevity so far. You can buy the puppet version here. BUY IT HERE!!!

Book Details

Written by: Eric Carle

Illustrated by: Eric Carle

Published by: Penguin Books Ltd.

Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book

Book Type: Board Book

Recommended Age: 2 to 5

Number of pages: 24

Ratings: 10/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

Over the years we have grown fond of the Julia Donaldson style of rhythmically rhyming didactic story books. But, the best books still remain the ones which teach the kids without them knowing that they are actually learning. And “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” does just that. It teaches the kids days of the week, colours, numbers, fruits to start with without them being aware of it. But, most importantly, your child can also learn that junk food can give you a stomach ache and you should eat your greens too to keep yourself healthy. Also that you shouldn’t be picky or fussy, eat a variety of food and eat in moderation if you want to grow and become like a beautiful butterfly.

These books have forever been Shaarav’s favourites and even when he has added several other books to his collection he still comes up to me with this book every now and then. This was one such “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” day where as part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and do some book related activities. We talked about the different life stages of a butterfly. We also made our version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and also the beautiful butterfly.

This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet W next and in case you missed our theme reveal for this year’s BlogchatterA2Z challenge you can check it out here. You could also check our book review with alphabet U for another great review and book related activities.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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“Little RAINDROP” – #BlogchatterA2Z

Little Raindrop

Little Raindrop

What’s the story?
What did we like about it?
Book Details

Written by: Melanie Joyce

Illustrated by: Gina Maldonado

Designed by: Lee Italiano

Edited by: Emily Bruce

Published by: Autumn Publishing (Igloo Books)

Genre: Nature Picture Book

Book Type: Board book (Paperback and Hardcover also available)

Recommended Age: 0 to 5

Number of pages: 24

Ratings: 10/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

“What the Ladybird HEARD” – #BlogchatterA2Z

What the Ladybird Heard

I say again and again and I reiterate that one can never go wrong with a book authored by Julia Donaldson, and “What the Ladybird Heard” is no exception whatsoever. Shaarav never gets tired of spotting the ladybird and he grew so fond of the little ladybird that we even had to include it in his birthday decor. And because of him we had to get all the four books in the series (though here we’ll be talking about just the one). Lydia Monks’ collage style zany illustrations in flamboyant colours keep Shaarav mesmerized and glued to the book.

What the Ladybird Heard

What’s the story?

“What the Ladybird Heard” is a rollicking farmyard mystery of how a quiet and inconspicuous ladybird who overhears two thieves making plans to steal the fine prize cow from the farm cleverly spoils their plan and get them caught. The ladybird is the tiniest and quietest creature in a farm full of noisy animals. One day she overhears two sly thieves plotting a cunning a plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. The ladybird which had never ever spoken a word before decides to tell the animals about the plan. In addition, the clever ladybird devises an ingenious counter plan to ruin the thieves’ plan, save the fine prize cow from being stolen and get the thieves caught.

What did we like about it?

We loved everything about “What the Ladybird Heard”, from a perfect gripping story told in clever and witty rhyming couplets which flows rhythmically with much humour, to stunning and vibrant illustrations keeping Shaarav engaged, to the noisy farm with different animals making funny animal noises. Shaarav loves the rhyming animal noise chorus and joins them each time I read it aloud to him. The animals in the books are engaging enough for him and makes the reading all the more fun. The gorgeously stylish illustration and a wonderfully adventurous story to go along is an added bonus which sure will win little hearts.

Book Details

Written by: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by: Lydia Monks

Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Book Type: Board book (Paperback, Hardcover and Audiobook also available)

Recommended Age: 2 to 5

Number of pages: 24

Ratings: 10/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

The clever ladybird in the book “What the Ladybird Heard” gives children several instances of great and powerful message. Shaarav is a talkative kid and has never found difficulty in communicating himself. The book appeals to him as well but would appeal more to children who are quiet. The books conveys the message how helping someone in need is a good thing and also how any problem can be solved if we worked together. Books like these with small but strong messages are definitely a keeper.

As part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and do some book related activities. For the activities we decided to make a ladybird. We made the ladybird out of a paper plate. Shaarav painted the paper plate in red, then he added black spots cut out from a black-coloured chart paper and pasted them on the plate. He then stuck the face of the ladybird with the eyes and antennae on it. In the end, he pasted its legs and tada, our ladybird was all set to adorn our wall.

Shaarav busy making the ladybird
Shaarav with his version of the famous ladybird from “What the Ladybird Heard”
The clever ladybird made by Shaarav
The ladybird adorning our wall

Shaarav thoroughly enjoyed making his forever favourite ladybird and we had a perfect bonding time. This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. with the theme #BondingOverBooks. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet I tomorrow. You could also check our book review with alphabet G from yesterday too for another great review and book related activities.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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“Room on the BROOM” – #BlogchatterA2Z

“Room on the Broom”

Whenever I’m looking to buy a new picture book for Shaarav, I most often than not find myself gravitating towards Julia Donaldson because I know for the fact that one can never go wrong with a book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The book “Room on the Broom” is yet another gem by Julia Donaldson with an utterly delightful rhyming story about a witch who has an eventful journey on her broomstick. It’s a masterpiece from both narrative and illustrative perspectives. The book captures the typical Julia Donaldson’s warm and fuzzy repetitive text and Axel Scheffler’s immensely appealing and utterly mesmerizing illustrations which has every bit of whimsy what the sweet little story demands. And for these reasons, admittedly, “Room on the Broom” has no doubt become one of Shaarav’s favourite books to which he likes to return to again and again.

Room on the Broom

What’s the story?

“Room on the Broom” is a spellbinding story about the windy adventure of a grotesque-looking but delightful and kind witch who was flying merrily on her broomstick with her cat. But along the way she meets with several misfortunes of losing her belongings due to the gusty wind. However, she gets back all her belongings with the help of various animals whom she meets in the process of finding her stuff. The good kind-hearted witch continues to befriend and give them room on her broom for exchange of her lost items until disaster strikes and the broomstick snaps into two mid-air due to overload. While the other passengers fall into the bog, the witch is encountered by a terrifying hungry red dragon who threatens to eat her for a snack. But, fortunately for the friendly good witch, her new friends come to her rescue and frighten away the dragon. Feeling happy and grateful she casts the spell “Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety, Zoom” to make a “Truly Magnificent Broom” which has both style and comfort for all its riders.

What did we like about it?

You can never be disappointed with this legendary author-illustrator duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and I’m sure “Room and the Broom” too will definitely appeal to you and your child alike. This sweet little story of a kind and caring witch with repetitive elements, rhythmic and lyrical text and beautiful illustrations makes for an excellent read-aloud story. The book offers lovable characters and wonderful rhymes giving room for different expressions and voices making it a fun and enchanting read for children who will fall in love with the story almost instantly. The outstanding illustrations are also very appealing and eye catching. Altogether this a book perfectly fits for both oral and visual senses making it a fantastic and engaging read.

Shaarav loves its animated version that’s there on Amazon Prime Video. The video version of “Room on the Broom” is a real hit with Shaarav and he has likes to watch it over and over again. Though the story in the video is slightly different from the book version, it outshines the book a bit with its music and a higher sensory appeal.

Book Details

Written by: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler

Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Book Type: Board book (Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD and Audiobook also available)

Recommended Age: 0 to 5

Number of pages: 24

Ratings: 10/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

Besides a sweetly lyrical story with addictively rollicking rhymes and outstanding illustrations, “Room on the Broom” also displays a great message about kindness and friendship. Shaarav learned the importance of friendship and also that if you show kindness to others you shall too receive it in return at some point. It also teaches the values of loyalty and sharing.

As part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and do some book related activities. For the activities we decided to make a wand and a broomstick. We made the wand by cutting stars out of a chart paper and sticking it on a stick whereas for making the broomstick we went to the garden to collect twigs and sticks.

Witch’s Wand
Witch’s Broomstick and Wand
Shaarav’s colouring sheet

Later we also did some spot the differences, join the dots, make a mask and colour the pictures too. I’m sharing some of the printable that we collected here while age appropriate other activities can also be downloaded from roomonthebroom.com and gruffalo.com.

How to make a wand
How to make a broomstick
Spot the difference
Cat mask
Dog mask
Colouring activity

Our amazing find was a video of “Room on the Broom” on YouTube which Shaarav found very interesting. Altogether we had a fun time together and Shaarav really had a blast acting out the witch posing to fly on the broomstick that we made and muttering spells on everyone at home with the wand that we prepared. This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet C tomorrow and in case you missed our theme reveal for this year’s BlogchatterA2Z challenge you can check it out here. You could also check our book review with alphabet A from yesterday too for another great review and book related activities.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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“Little ACORN” – #BlogchatterA2Z

“Little Acorn”

This book “Little Acorn” caught my eye with its cute and lively illustrations and I bought it on a whim. And just as the same way it caught Shaarav’s attention the moment he saw it. But “Little Acorn” has much more to offer to young kids and parents alike besides its beautiful and absolutely adorable illustrations. Little Acorn has become like this “cute friend” for little Shaarav who has come to adore this fun and cute acorn.

Little Acorn

What’s the story?

It’s a cute story about a little acorn which grows to become a beautiful oak tree and goes on to give its own seeds (acorns). The story begins with a little acorn who goes unnoticed stuck high up on a tree while he watches the world below go all hustle and bustle. While it just cozily sits up there growing all fat and shiny protected from harsh weather when slowly as the weather changes to autumn and the leaves begin to turn golden brown it excitedly jumps on the ground along with the leaves blowing in the wind.

A squirrel which was busy storing nuts for the winter finds it and hides it in the forest ground where it waits patiently until one day it has a peculiar feeling and begins to feel all tickly. And suddenly he sprouts little roots. It feels so ticklish that it stretches left and right and to its utter amazement it stretches so much that it reaches above the ground into the light. As seasons change pass by, nourished by sunlight and rain little acorn also changes and grows into a full-grown tree stretching its branches and spreading its roots.

It becomes a very fine tree and in its full glory it feels proud and happy to house many feathered guests, spiders, beetles and squirrels. Until…one day it makes its own acorns. Check out our IGTV video on Instagram for our storytelling session.

What did we like about it?

With its adorably cute illustrations and a fun story about the life-cycle of a tree, it didn’t take much time to become Shaarav’s favourite. With sufficient fun action and catchy action words and perfectly rhyming text “Little Acorn” never fails to capture my son’s attention. We love to go “Wheeeeee” and then fall on the ground with a “thump” and then wiggle and stretch left and then right just like little acorn. Apart from the fun things about the book if you’re thinking of introducing life-cycle of a tree to your kid, “Little Acorn” is just the perfect book for it and that too in a fun way. So, we also like its sweet story that is educational too. And in addition, it also strengthens a child’s vocabulary by introducing new words and a lots of animals too. We have its board book version which sits well with a playful Shaarav who like to sometimes sleep with his books too.

Book Details

Written by: Melanie Joyce

Illustrated by: Gina Maldonado

Designed by: Lee Italiano

Edited by: Emily Bruce

Published by: Autumn Publishing (Igloo Books)

Genre: Nature Picture Book

Book Type: Board book (Paperback and Hardcover also available)

Recommended Age: 0 to 5

Number of pages: 24

Ratings: 10/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

The story of the “Little Acorn” sets a stage to talk about the life-cycle of an oak tree or plants and trees in general, different parts of a plant or tree and also about different seasons. As part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and learn about the life-cycle of a tree as well as different parts of a plant. For building a resource and for the purpose of explaining it vividly to Shaarav, I drew the pictures myself (which can be downloaded and printed for free).

Life-cycle of a tree (an oak tree)
Acorn or Seed
Acorn seed germinating and forming a sprout
Acorn seed growing to become a seedling
Acorn seed growing from a seedling to become a sapling
Acorn seed developing into a full-grown oak tree
Parts of a plant

The ultimate result of the whole process was a great bonding time with my son at the same time learning things in a fun and creative way. This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet B tomorrow to see how we are #BondingOverBooks and in case you missed our theme reveal for this year’s BlogchatterA2Z challenge you can check it out here.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


If you liked our book review and book related activities and you wish to purchase this book, here’s our affiliate link to the book from Amazon. You could buy this book using our link at no additional cost to you, and at the same time add a small amount towards our efforts motivating us to bring more of such useful content and ideas. BUY IT HERE!!!