“I Can Read With My EYES Shut” – #BlogchatterA2Z

I Can Read with My EYES Shut

‘I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!’ is a book about reading with your imagination and not shutting yourself out to new material or allowing for a further insight into the text. This book explores the wonder of reading and all the opportunities it can bring to an individual if they are open to them. Dr. Seuss continues on creating great children books and it shows with it in this book. The Cat in the Hat is present in this book which is another one of his beginner books. Dr. Seuss uses style is present in his use of rhymes and illustrations.

I Can Read with My EYES Shut
What’s the story?

The story follows the cat in the hat and a younger cat. The cat in hat shows the younger one what he will miss if he keeps his eyes shut. Throughout the whole story there is a lot of catchy language used which makes the book interesting to read especially out loud.

What did we like about it?

There is many characteristics that make this a good children book. The use of color and vivid imagery is obvious, but the use of a lesson and humor is what makes it also striking to a younger audience. Its use of diction is also great for a beginner book which isn’t too complicated and help a child get better and more confident at reading.

Book Details

Written by: Dr. Seuss

Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Book Type: Paperback (Hardcover and Kindle edition also available)

Recommended Age: 2 to 7

Number of pages: 48

Ratings: 9/10

What’s there for the child to learn?

We love it especially because the book shows with the help of pictures the importance of reading. I think this is a valuable message which children and even grown-ups can’t hear enough. Further I’m glad that it is funny but not silly.

This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet F 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 D from yesterday too for another great review and book related activities.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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“Love You, DAD” – #BlogchatterA2Z

Love You, Dad

Shaarav’s dad and I live in different cities and he visits us once in a week. So, most of the time it’s me solo parenting Shaarav. But unfortunately, because of the current lockdown scenario due to COVID-19 Mr. Husband is unable to come see us. I cannot emphasize enough how much they are missing each other. Shaarav asks me questions that I don’t have answers to. So, for alphabet D we particularly chose the book “Love You, Dad” to show and express their love for each other and strengthen their bond.

Love You, DAD

What’s the story?

“Love You, Dad” is a sweet and beautifully illustrated book which celebrates fathers and fatherhood and appreciating the role of a father in a child’s life. The book pays tribute to all the lovely dads recognizing the little and the big things, the important and the unimportant things, the serious and the funny things they do with and for their kids through animal pictures and befitting captions. “Love You, Dad” features adorable animal photographs from National Geographic of dads with their kids displaying fatherly love at its best. Its moving how each caption perfectly befits the fatherhood emotion that’s so pure and touching.

What did we like about it?

Unlike the mothers, the fathers are expected to be easy going and fun-loving. My pre-schooler adores his Dad and this book gives the perfect excuse to say thank you and express his love for all the things he does for Shaarav. And what better way than to do it with a wonderful book with an amazing collection of cute, brilliant and charming animal portraits of dads and babies with meaningful and fitting comments of thanks Dad. “Love You, Dad” would make a wonderful gift for fathers of all age groups which I’m sure every dad would love to receive.

Book Details

Written by: Melina Gerosa Bellows

Designed by: Melissa Farris and Jonathan Halling

Published by: National Geographic Society

Genre: Nature Picture Book

Book Type: Hardcover

Recommended Age: 0 to 5

Number of pages: 92

Ratings: 8/10

 

What’s there for the child to learn?

“Love You, Dad” sends across a very powerful message of appreciation. The heartfelt and humorously pithy captions which have been artfully expressed give the child a way of expressing love reminding him the importance of fatherly love.

The vivid and life-like pictures of animals, some common and some not so common, incite talk about their habitats and their babies. Shaarav was very amused with the animals that he had never heard me mention, like armadillos, arousing curiosity and eagerness to learn more about them.

As part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and do some book related activities. Shaarav has been missing his father and is terribly wanting to see him, so this exercise, sort of, helped him. We used this book as an inspiration to prepare “Love You, Dad” cards for Daddy dearest and its needless to say the cards definitely made Mr. Husband emotional. We used two different fun techniques to make the cards. One was finger painting and the other was blow painting and Shaarav enjoyed the activity very much. The cards have turned out really well and we may get them framed to etch these moments in our memories.

“Love You Dad” card with finger painting
“Love You Dad” card with blow painting

This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet E 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 C from yesterday too for another great review and book related activities. Last year on Father’s Day, we wrote a poem for Daddy Dearest and also made a “I love You Papa” card appreciating his efforts, love and care which you can read here.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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“Sometimes I Like to CURL Up in Ball” – #BlogchatterA2Z

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball

When I laid my eyes on “Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball”, I could not resist myself buying it for Shaarav just for its evocative illustrations, heart-warming charm and visual appeal. This absolutely charming picture book narrates a sweet tale of a little wombat which spends his day gadding about with its animal friends only end up retiring to his most favourite of places to curl up in a ball. With its beautiful rhyme and tone the book invites multitude of interaction opportunities with the children and is sure to entrance and engage young readers and parents alike.

Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball

What’s the story?

“Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball” is a sweet and simple story about an adorable little wombat exploring its favourite things to do during the day. The story gives the semblance of a day’s events of the little wombat and how he ends it with the most favourite thing he loves to do and does best. He jumps, he screams, he races, makes funny faces and gets in a mess. He spends the entire day with his friends doing activities that make him happy and finally at the end of the day he retires to the most cozy of places to curl up in a ball and sleep.

What did we like about it?

“Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball” is a delightful book with an adorable charm and a perfect segue to lights out. It makes for a really good bedtime book for its amusing childlike wonder and I have been honouring Shaarav’s request for reading it to him at night time for several days in a row now. Shaarav immensely enjoys mimicking the antics of little wombat and he feels connected to the images and action-packed life of the little wombat because the story-line is very relatable to his everyday life. And also, because at the end of the day Shaarav needs his mother to sleep peacefully just like the little wombat which likes to curl up in a ball beside its mother.

The text is short, fun and easy to understand and cute illustrations spread which are beautifully across the pages bring the story and the little wombat to life. What we liked most is that the story-line is easy to listen to and understand, the rhythm is lilting and easy to repeat and the motions are simple and easy to follow and mimic. And because of the fun repetitive rhyme and lovable characters injected with motion and humour, “Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball” is definitely to stay on Shaarav’s list of favourite books for a long time.

Book Details

Written by: Vicki Churchill

Illustrated by: Charles Fuge

Published by: Sterling Children’s Books

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

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

Recommended Age: 0 to 5

Number of pages: 20

Ratings: 8/10

 

What’s there for the child to learn?

“Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball” is a fairly good interactive book and talks about how the wombat does several things in his life not because they make sense but mostly because they are fun and they make it happy and gay. This sweet tale of wombat ignites an insight on the things we like and do because they make us happy and also make us who we are. It also inspires us to go through our day with zest.

As part of the bookish play we decided to have a storytelling session (read aloud) and do some book related activities. We used this book as an inspiration to talk about Shaarav’s likes, dislikes and preferences. We also explored and learned about the things he likes to do and what are the things that make him unique. We also had fun mimicking the endearing little wombat making funny faces, running very fast, sticking out our tongue, jumping up high and screaming as loud as we could.

“Sometimes I like to scream ever so loud”
“Sometimes I like to just walk round and round”
“Sometimes I like to poke out my tongue”
“Or make funny faces, now that can be fun”

Altogether, “Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball” is a buoyant and charming book and  a perfect addition to one’s bedtime collection. This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Keep watching the space for our book recommendation for the alphabet D 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 B from yesterday too for another great review and book related activities.

Love,

Mrs. Sunshine


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