I'm always happy to indulge her appetite for learning by reading as much as we can, whenever we can. I was very excited to receive a package from Fitzhenry & Whiteside with some new additions to our growing library.
Inside were two new books!
|:) She's happy with her new books! (Don't mind the SOA blanket in the background) |
Title: Half for You and Half for Me Author: Katherine Govier Illustrator: Sarah Clement Publication Date: March 14, 2014 Publisher: Whitecap Books Pages: 176
Summary: "Half for you and half for me / Between us two shall goodwill be."
Here is a nursery rhyme book to entertain both adult and child as they read together. The classic rhymes are side by side with annotations about their backstories: Who was Wee Willie Winkie? Did live blackbirds really fly out of a pie? Was Humpty Dumpty a person—or a clumsy cannon?
When she was small, Katherine Govier tucked in close to her mother's side to listen to nursery rhymes. Later she read them to her own children, and now she has returned to reading them with her mother, who can no longer see well enough to read the pages of their nearly hundred-year-old Mother Goose book. Still, her mother can recite the words. What is the magic and what is the meaning of these rhymes that stay in our heads for a lifetime?
The answers are here. Some rhymes describe historical events and some are just plain nonsense. Some of the oldest rhymes were never intended for the nursery, but for the street—where they came to life as popular judgments on events of the day. In Half for You and Half for Me, the author breaks the codes of these nursery rhymes in accessible, amusing explanations. She also adds some classic Canadiana, including a poem by star children's poet Dennis Lee.
Commissioned illustrations make this book full of colour to draw in the eye. Charming vintage drawings also pepper the text, firmly rooting the rhymes in their historical context.
Half for You and Half for Me will engage, delight, entertain and inform younger and older readers alike, and aims to be that favourite title that is pulled off the family shelf again and again.
There is something to be said about a book that can successfully cater to the enjoyment of both adult and child. This was my first experience reading any of Katherine's work, even though she has written so many novels previously. She did an excellent job diving deep into the history behind an amazing number of nursery rhymes; most we knew, some we didn't. Either way, I loved learning how these rhymes came to be.
At one point in your life, didn't you ever wonder why that lamb really followed Mary to school? I did, and I couldn't believe some of the stories behind this one, and the other classic rhymes I remember hearing while growing up! Some were definitely not meant to be sung to children, but I found it amusing how they got passed on.
Emily loved hearing the flow of the classics, but seemed to want to turn the page to get to the next verses before I had a chance to take in the entirety of the historical parts. I didn't mind too much though, it just gave me a better excuse to pick this book up after she was sleeping, or when she was off doing something else.
We sat for a long time because there were so many to choose from, all separated into themes like Outdoors, and To School. Emily seemed to favour the Curious Characters section the most. The illustrations were unique and as exaggerated as some of the characters were! We definitely had some laughs.
This is one of those books that I will be putting away up high to keep it safe from sticky fingers in between reading.
Title: A, B, Sea: A Deep-Sea Symphony Author: Dianna Bonder Publication Date: August 7, 2013 Publisher: Walrus Books Pages: 32
Summary: Dianna Bonder’s whimsical alphabet picture books have been capturing the hearts and minds of our earliest readers for over 10 years.
Now, in this all-new picture book, Dianna illustrates the ocean, capturing the spirit and beauty of sea creatures throughout the world. A, B, Sea moves and grooves as it brings a whole underwater orchestra to life—blowfish blowing bassoons, flounder fish with flutes, a percussionist pike that pounds through the night . . . it’s a medley of colour, sound and rhythm.
With detailed jam-packed illustrations of dozens of ocean creatures and a myriad of musical instruments, accompanied by alphabet verse that is both educational and entertaining, A, B, Sea is sure to engage children who are learning to read as well as the older folk who read to them.
This is an alphabet book that children will want to open while mastering their abcs and to keep in their collection long after they’ve made reading a way of life.
A musical underwater journey from A to Z, we thought this book was adorably imaginative, and introduced us to many creatures and instruments that Emily hadn't really heard of. She now walks around pretending to play her flute or her trumpet quite often.
I appreciate stories that help teach the ABC's and counting. Emily is at that curious age and this one stood out because it combined her early love for music and reading. It made for the perfect read for the past couple of rainy days.
I found it refreshing that this wasn't the typical 'A is for Apples' kind of book. There was actually a story with pictures that played to Emily's inquisitive nature.
"What's that? What's that?" There was always something for her to discover on each page.
Even though this book is intended for children ages 4+, I think Em is proof that kids of all ages will enjoy this one too!
Fitzhenry & Whiteside has generously offered a great prize for one lucky Living As We reader! You could win this collection of books:
When Mama Goes to Work introduces you to several moms and their families, walking you through what a day is like for each one of them.
Pay It Forward Kids is a group of stories about 14 kids, every one of them taking it upon themselves to have made a difference and touched people's lives. Who have these young individuals helped? So many, including the homeless, child slaves, the sick, not to mention everyone that they've inspired to follow in their footsteps!
Saving Lives & Changing Hearts takes you through Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers, highlighting some "funny, heart-wrenching and remarkable" stories.
Prize: One lucky winner will receive trio of books pictured above
Eligibility: Worldwide, 18+ (Quebec excluded)
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