Book Review : ELMER

By David Mckee

Elmer is a story about a young elephant who is a little different from his usual herd. Elmer’s unusual multicolored checkerboard body is the wonder for all the other elephants, who are characteristically gray. His optimism and a great sense of humor kept the entire community in a cheery mood.

“If there was even a little smile, it was usually Elmer who started it.”

But one night Elmer began to worry. He couldn’t sleep for thinking.

“And the thing that he was thinking was that he was tired of being different.”

He got worried about why did he look so different from all the others. Was that why the other elephants were laughing at him? And one early morning he slipped far away in the jungle. After a long walk, he found a large bush with gray berries. He determined to somehow cover himself with grey so that he would blend in with the others.

 

He rejoined his herd, however, nobody noticed his return and followed their usual serious routine.

“Elmer felt that something was wrong … the more he looked at the serious, silent, still standing elephants, the more he wanted to laugh. Finally, he could bear it no longer …”

Finally, the practical joker in Elmer emerges, and he soon has the whole gang laughing again. Also, it started to rain so the magical Elmer’s true colours that beautiful patchwork started to show again. Everyone in the herd was so happy to have their popular prankster back that they decided to celebrate this day as a special day every year, On “Elmer’s Day”, every elephant would decorate themselves with unique and colourful patterns, and Elmer must decorate himself to look … yes, you’ve guessed it!

So every year, on the day of the parade, “if you happen to see an elephant ordinary elephant colour, you will know it must be Elmer.

From the start of this first story, the message is clear. Elmer is different, and he is accepted and valued just the way he is by his friends. He has a special talent to make everyone happy. When he changes his appearance and no longer looks like the Elmer, he is ignored by his friends. He experiences what it feels like when one is suddenly treated differently and ostracised. In this book, children may begin to think of the value of friendship and family, identity and diversity, as well as being true to oneself. When Elmer’s true colours are revealed, his friends are surprised and delighted. They much prefer his multicolored and fun-loving nature and reassure Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them.

 

Inspired by the illustrations from the book, this DIY activity teaches important fine motor skills for children’s development. Engaging in activities like these gives children a break from the monotonous work of tracing or coloring, and gives a vast range of movement that is useful. They are able to stabilize the cutouts while passing the Lace through the lacing holes, which strengthens the developing fingers and muscles. You can make this activity by paper strips or ribbons and an elephant-shaped cutout. Another colourful activity would be pasting paper pieces to make unusual patterns or Mosaic art.

Elmer by David Mckee is an absolutely delightful picture book for age 4-6yrs.

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Book Review : The Day The Crayons Came Home

By Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

 

The Day Crayons Came Home is the fantastic hilarious sequel to “The Day Crayons Quit”.

Last time the crayons threatened to quit and now they want to get rescued. With rich character personalities, some new and few old familiar ones, this book is sure a readers delight and kids will want to read it again and again. You do not need to read the previous one to enjoy this one.

 

 

Duncan receives a stack of postcards from crayons no longer in the crayon box.

From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.

 

So, Duncan then brings them back home and builds this beautiful Crayon Fort for his favourite crayons where each crayon would always feel at home.

If your child always loves to break the crayon or peel out its wrapper more than coloring, “The Day Crayons Came Home” is just the perfect book to make your child fall in love with his crayons. It teaches a very important life skill of how to take care of things. Kids will surely love to ride along the adventurous journey of Duncan’s crayons. Jeffers’s mixed-media illustrations of photographed postcards and childlike crayon drawings against white backdrops enhance kid appeal and encourage close visual reading.

The crayon-style drawings and collage illustrations by Oliver Jeffers complement the text perfectly. With amusing artwork, all of the pictures look as if they were colored by a kid. Writing by the crayons is clever and witty. Both kids and adults will giggle their way through this story, which offers some important messages in addition to being just a lot of fun.

 

DIY Activity :

Colorful crayons-  Use colored popsicle sticks and mark the faces with a sketch pen. Use pipe cleaners to make crayon’s hands.

Fort- Use old cardboard boxes and tape it to make a castle. Cut the Doors and make windows. And let your child use his creativity and imagination to write or draw in the Crayons Castle.

 

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Book Review : Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

By Katrina Charman (Author) and Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

Car, car, truck, jeep,
have you any fuel?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
three tanks full.

One for the red bus,
one for the train,
and one for the pilot
in her jumbo jet plane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fans of vehicles rejoice!

Car Car Truck Jeep book is all about cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers–and many more Things That Go. And with a text set to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, vehicle-lover little ones will never want to put this book down!

A wide variety of vehicles are featured from buses and trains to hovercraft and planes, giving the reader lots to identify and talk about.  The illustrations are bright and friendly, inviting the littlest readers to explore their thick lines and bold shapes.

A great picture book to read (or even sing) aloud.

PLAY IDEA– With beautiful Road Track Set by @playbugtoys and Lego Duplo Vehicles by @lego follow the journey of your car, fill up with fuel and drive it up and down hills, through traffic, into the countryside and finally back home.

This lovely set of toys and books will quickly become your little one’s  favourite.

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Book Review : Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell

The book is about a letter to the zoo from a child who wants a pet. They send various different animals, all of which prove unsuitable for one reason or another the elephant is too big, the lion too fierce, the giraffe too tall, the monkey too naughty.

Finally, the zoo send a puppy: “He was perfect! I kept him.” And simple as they sound those last few words never fail to bring childish, happy, and satisfied smiles.

 

With a flap to lift on every page, this interactive board book encourages the reader to try to guess what the zoo has sent to the child in the story. Each animal is hidden in a flap in the shape of a crate or a box which the reader must open to find out what is behind it.

Also, a little part of the animal is visible to provides clues as to what the animal behind the flap might be. The book gives you open discussions about the characteristics of different animals.

Books add magic to a child’s life. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is one of the very first MUST READ books for your child…
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With attractive pictures and interactive flaps, this board book grabs the attention of little minds and helps them learn animal names in a simple way. Add magic to their learning experience with creative craft ideas plus toys and enhance your child’s creativity with engaging storytelling☺️
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Toys in the picture:

Safari Blockmates

Animal Upon Animal Game

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Book Review: The Mixed-Up Chameleon

By  Eric Carle 

“Be happy with who you are”- a very important message conveyed by “The Mixed-Up Chameleon🦎” in a very simple way.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle is a story of a chameleon who is pretty much like any other chameleon you might come across.

One day, he goes to the zoo and is amazed by all those different animals it sees. He looks around and the fun starts. He sees a polar bear and wishes he was as big and white as that. Bang! His wish comes true.

He sees a flamingo and wishes he was as beautiful as that. Bang! Again wish comes true

and he grows wings and flamingo legs. And he continues wishing until he ends up with fish fins, deer antlers, a giraffe’s neck, a tortoise’s shell, an elephant’s face, and trunk and a pair of seal flippers (see picture below). Suddenly he sees a fly. Our chameleon friend is hungry but how can he possibly get at the fly in his current state? He wishes he was itself again. And bang! His wish comes true.

And he uses his super sticky tongue to eat the fly!

 

 

 

 

Full of bright colors and attractive illustrations, the story keeps the child attached to it. And yes, with a lovely life lesson it touches the souls of elder ones too…

With the color mixing activity and including Build n Play Safari Animal toy by  wonderworld_toys as the cherry on top, you can make the read more engaging and pass on the message to the child in a simple way. Hope you like our book recommendation☺️

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Book Review: There is NO DRAGON in this story

By Lou Carter; Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

Someday or the other we all want a change from every day and expected…to branch out and try something new, to break our fated mould and challenge a long-held trope.


Well, this is exactly what Dragon tries to do. Poor Dragon is tired of being the villain all the time and doesn’t feel like capturing any princesses or being defeated by any knights. So, he decides to go in search of another story where he can be a hero. The Gingerbread Man doesn’t want him, Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t want him – everyone in the fairy tale world says the same answer :
‘No, no, no, that’s not how it goes. There is NO DRAGON in this story.’

Will he ever find a story where he can be the hero?🐉

 

Finally, in an act of desperation, the dragon becomes muddle up with Jack, the beanstalk and a sneezing Giant.

 

 

Suddenly, the fairy tale world casts into darkness when the sun is accidentally blown out by Giant’s sneeze. Sitting in the darkness, it finally occurs to all the Fairytale characters that actually, perhaps exactly what they need is a dragon in this story💡

Aahhh that shining moment arrives and dragon gets a chance to break out of his stereotypically assigned role. “I can’t…Can I? Can I?! I Can!!!”

It’s a wonderful story to teach a child about breaking all the stereotypes and confidently come up as a hero to save the world. Beautiful illustrations sure keep the kids engaged…

 

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Read Aloud – What the Lady Bird Heard By Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

Book Synopsis: “Oink!” said the cats . . . With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it’s the quietest animal of all who saves the day! Spot the glittery ladybird on every page of What the Ladybird Heard, a wonderful rhyming tale.

Age level: 2 years +

Author:  Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks