Sunday, February 21, 2010

Around the World

Ben and Gran and the Whole Wide Wonderful World by Gillian Shields. This one may be difficult to source in America, but try your local bookstore, they'll certainly try to find a supplier for you. Ben lives on one side of the world and Gran lives on the other side, although sending messages is fun, it's no substitute for seeing your favourite person. So Gran goes on an epic journey to get to Ben whilst Ben prepares for her arrival. This is a great book to read to a transportation loving toddler, as Gran uses any means necessary, including camel and high speed express train to get to Ben.

The Pet Dragon
by Christophe Niemann A simple story with a legendary feel which uses Chinese characters as the basis for the illustrations. Also, there's a dragon, who plays soccer.

Mama Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M Joose
Toddler's love to push their parents and test the limits of the love. In this charming book with an Innuit theme, the Mama in question calmly explains that Mama's love knows no limits, no matter what side of your personality you show and even if you turn into the meanest polar bear there ever was.

Lisa's Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman. Lisa has never been on an airplane before, which is not surprising as she is a cuddly rabbit. This translated French travelogue is really charming and has lots of jokes for the grown ups. I would highly recommend this as a storybook to introduce toddlers to the concept of air travel, if you're about to take a trip yourself.

The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf This 50 year old story of a pacifist bull who just wants to smell the flowers and won't be goaded into violence is a real classic and for good reason.

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