I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.


Monday, November 22, 2010

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Adorableness.
This book is total and utter adorableness.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World has so many virtues. A sweet story, comic relief, the opportunity to teach little ones about geography and culture.
Just an all-around gratifying little read. I love it as much as the kids love it.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Circle of Seasons by Gerda Muller

I love love love this book. A new favorite.
And, judging by the price on Amazon, so do a lot of other people. Yikes.
I was going to get this one for the piglets for Christmas (we have a library copy at our house right now) but I'm not sure I can dole out $25 for a used copy - a new copy is $330!

What a gorgeous way to teach your children about the seasons of the year. The illustrations are to-die-for. Colorful and engaging and just the right amount of old-fashioned charm. This one takes a close second to Tasha Tudor books for me.

Now...how to (legally) get my hands on my own copy...

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum...just the title makes me happy. This whimsical little book incorporates many well-known fairy tales in its quick-reading pages.



The playful seek-and-find illustrations are a fun challenge for little ones. It's not going to teach a valuable life-lesson or add enormous amounts of knowledge...but it's just so darn fun (and cute) that its pretty irresistible.