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Book Review: The Singing Mermaid (Julia Donaldson) #FictionFriday

t’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature The Singing Mermaid written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks

We were lucky enough to win this book recently when we entered a competition on Mumsnet.

Julia Donaldson is a fabulous author and we were thrilled to be sent one of her latest books!

The story is all about a singing mermaid who is enticed to join a fair with the promise of fame and luxury by an evil ringmaster who just wants to make money. The mermaid leaves her home to join the circus but all is not what she expected and she soon becomes homesick, until one of her friends comes to her rescue.

The book is fantastic and the illustrations are great, accompanied by glitter, which my daughter loves! I would really recommend this to anyone!

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Book Review – Martha and The Bunny Brothers I Heart School (Clara Vuilliamy)

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Martha and The Bunny Brothers I Heart School by the very lovely and very talented Clara Vulliamy

You may have read my post a month or two ago about how my little girl was officially a member of the most prestigious bunny club Well to seal the deal we of course had to go out and buy Clara’s book  to find out more as it all sounded so exciting and I have to say we weren’t disappointed!

Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart School is a fantastic story of Martha getting ready for her first day at school, whilst she is very excited about her big adventure she’s also worried that her little bunny brothers will miss her while she is away so she creates a fabulous club just for them, full of lots of fun and activities to keep them amused and entertained, what a lovely big sis!

The book is beautifully and simply illustrated and really helps teach little ones whilst engaging them in the wonderful story.

I am thrilled to have come across such a talented lady on my blogging journeys and love having her latest book as a new addition on our book shelf, I know it’s going to remain a favourite for some time. I can highly recommend Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart School to any parent out there with a young child.

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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Book Review – Heads – #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Heads by Matthew Van Fleet

My daughter loves this book! It’s got lots of sliding and moving parts and touchy feely parts too. At the end is a huge fold out page with a host of animals. She loves pointing to them all and me telling her what they are then we guess what noise they make.

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Book Review – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt #FictionFriday:

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury)

It’s a fantastic tale of a family that head off bravely on a bear hunt on what starts out as a lovely day but they soon encounter obstacles such as river’s, muddy bogs and snow storms. They overcome everything thrown at them and finally find the bear… what happens next I’ll leave for you to read.

My daughter loves me reading this to her and loves me acting out the various scenarios such as squelching through the mud and splashing across the river. It’s great fun! I’d recommend it to other parents.

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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Book Review: That’s Not My Tiger – Part of #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his #FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature another classic from Usborne’s “That’s not my…” range…

“That’s Not My Tiger” (Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells)

These books are fantastic for introducing young children to a range of different textures and enhancing their sensory experiences as well as their language skills. From a very young age my daughter especially loved the this book. Why not check out some of the other titles in the range

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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Book Review: Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly – Part of #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his #FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly (Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt)

This is a fun and colourful book that introduces young children to colours and objects in a simple and fun way using the characters Nick and Sue and their favourite colours and objects.

“Nick likes red apples, Sue likes green pears.”

“Nick likes brown bears and black cats, Sue likes black and white cats and black and white hats.”

Each concept is highlighted with simple, fun and colourful illustrations to capture the attention and imagination of little ones.

My daughter loves this book, which was bought as a present and at bedtime we have been known to ask for “more”. That in my mind is a seal of approval and as it’s educational too that’s an added bonus.

It gets our recommendation! Enjoy!

If you want to join in with #FictionFriday why not hop on over to @HomeDad’s blog to join in the fun and find out more

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Book Review: Fox’s Socks – Part of @homedad’s #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his #FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Fox’s Socks (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler)

“Poor old fox has lost his socks”

Readers are invited to help Fox hunt for his socks by lifting the flaps in the book, as they search they uncover a host of clothes but not Fox’s socks. Where can they be???

My daughter ADORES  this book and can read it over and over again! I’d recommend it to parents out there any time!

If you want to join in with #FictionFriday why not hop on over to @HomeDad’s blog to join in the fun and find out more

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Book Review: The What the Ladybird Heard Song – Part of @Homedad’s #FictionFriday

So this Fiction Friday I thought it would be good to review the latest addition to our collection, our World Book Day book, “The What the Ladybird Heard Song” (Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks).

It’s an entertaining story about a ladybird that lives on a farm and sees and hears everything but hardly ever speaks a word. The ladybird learns of a plan for robbers to steal the prize cow and all the other farm animals kick up a fuss and plan to foil the robbers plans.

The end result being “the farmer cheered and both cats purred, but the ladybird said never a word”

If you want to join in with #FictionFriday why not hop on over to @HomeDad’s blog to join in the fun and find out more

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Book Review: Why I Love My Mummy

Happy #FictionFriday one and all!

The book I have chosen to review this week is with Mother’s Day in mind and is called Why I Love My Mummy (Illustrated by Daniel Howarth)

This is a gorgeous book with adorable quotes as to why children love their mummies, which are perfectly accompanied by mother and baby animal illustrations.

The story culminates in the quote “everyone loves their mummy – especally…” and turn the page to a picture frame where a picture of mummy can be placed.

I bought my husband the “Why I Love My Daddy” book last Father’s Day and my daughter loved it, it’s a favourite bedtime read. So he returned the compliment and bought this for me at Christmas.

The illustrations are beautiful and whilst a simple and adorable read it can help teach your little ones about the animal kingdom. I ask my little girl what noises the animal makes and she loves joining in.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

If you love reading and want to join in @HomeDad’s #FictionFriday why not visit his site to see what it’s all about

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Book Review: Sharing a Shell

Happy Friday one and all it’s that time of the week again where we share one of our favourite books with you!

This week we are looking at Sharing a Shell (Author, Julia Donaldson and Illustrator, Lydia Monks)

“Look a crab, a crab with no shell, running along by the sea.” Tap Tap Tap! “You can’t come in you can’t share a shell with me”

This is a tale of a hermit crab’s search for a shell and the friends he meets along the way (‘Brush’ otherwise known as a bristleworm and ‘blob’ otherwise known as an Anemone). Their friendship is tested when the shell they share becomes too small for the trio but following a terrible storm one night a shiny new shell is washed up for the friends to call home.

The story has a lovely flow to it and the illustration is fantastic with glitter on every page, my daughter loves it and is mesmerised, touching and feeling the pages over and over again.

We LOVE this book and would highly recommend it!

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