giraffes, a princess, and a singing cleaning girl. the story is a cinderella tale with the giraffe playing the role of fairy godmother. we really liked the giraffes.
the illustration in this book are beautiful, as is the story. it’s a neighborhood tale. splashing around in a welcomed rain shower made the hot summer day delightful for daughters and mamas alike.
my favorite thing about this book was the mother. it’s her day off and she’s going to the beach and yes, she’ll help you look for your lost flip flop but even not being able to find it will not stop her from her mission… getting to the beach. so we have a little girl with one flip flop finding creative ways to have fun on the beach. she runs into some friendly children and had delightful adventures. we’ve read this book many many times and my girls take away is that the book should be titled flip flop because there’s only one.
why wouldn’t my girl, who still enjoys to be back carried, not celebrate this book? and celebrate she did! she also loves the repeated phrase, as always.
this is one of those books that I did not find at all interesting that my youngster absolutely adored. i’m not sure why, but we’ve read it every night for a week. unlike most other books she doesn’t ask any questions, she just is happy (and insists upon) to have it read to her. plot: jafta missed his father while he is working away from home and is glad he is returning.
this book shows a loving brother-sister relationship and isn’t it good when those are modeled! the main chacter writes a story, even though he doesn’t know many letters and his sister encourages him the entire time. my girl, of course, wanted to write her own story afterwards and so she did.
a delightful book using the lyrics of a well known song. we sang this as a bedtime song when she was much littler. it’s had been some time so i was surprised that she recognized it. she did and we ended up singing instead of reading the book.
this books will seem familiar to most parents. “more” and “again” are regular parts of the toddler vocabulary. henry is a perfect example of this. his family is loving and indulgent …my favorite kind of family. the book rhymes which is perfect so kids can scream “more” and “again” at the appropriate times.
In spite of the fact that this book (as have others we’ve read) gave my child an unrealistic idea of what kinds of pets her parents would approve, I enjoyed this book as much as my girl did. she liked the fact that a boy had a whale as a pet and I liked the relationship between the parent and the child. I appreciate that they kept their promise to him and had an open line of communication with their son.
the book has a beat and a rhythm to it that fit with the main character. it was a book we could dance to and as such, a beautiful way to introduce a historic figure.