This charming book — written by celebrity couple, Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett — tells the story of a feline “worry detective” at Wildwood Elementary, whose motto is “Worry, worry, go away! There’s no time for you today!” A little playtime catching butterflies helps a student overcome the “butterflies” in her stomach. Yet, at recess, the formerly fearless feline is scared to climb to the top of the slide because “brave people don’t always feel brave inside.” Remembering her motto helps her enjoy herself at recess, and later, on the way home. There are mini-lessons on relaxing breathing and other helpful skills. The book itself is top-notch, in printing and binding, and the illustrations are fun, too, with every child represented by a range of different animals.
This is a delightfully colorful storybook with text derived from “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” here rendered as a little girl expressing gratitude to her family, neighbors, and everyone at school. It is a valuable reminder (with top-rate printing and binding) of how much happier we are when we express our thanks and care for others.
This is a lively retelling of the song, “The Wheels on the Bus,” but with little dinosaurs riding on a school bus. The colorful and fun illustrations — and excellent printing — help elevate the book for any young dino lovers!
This is a charmingly illustrated story about a girl going to kindergarten, yet everyone mispronounces her name. After a lecture from her mother, Mirha insists everyone learn to pronounce her name correctly. The book explains that it is pronounced like the “mir” in miracle, plus the “ha” in haha — not as “Meerha.” After she insists on this, other children join in, explaining the meaning behind their unusual names, and they all become friends. It is an encouraging book for those children whose names are a little unusual — especially before they go off to school for the first time.
A young person — here, a guinea pig in a judo suit, arriving as a surprise present — is shy and brushed aside by other (pets) until an adult explains how they might assert themselves more effectively. Here, the “oddball” guinea pig tries to copy the other pets until she is found by an older woman, a self-actualized and eccentric oddball, and they spend a delightful afternoon together. “Life’s too short not to be an oddball,” she (and the book) explain. The illustrations are a delight and the story is a meaningful one. I only wish it were longer. The book itself is beautiful, with first-rate printing and binding.
This original book contains a simple, fictional listing of items a child includes in a “time capsule,” followed by a non-fiction history of time capsules, a description of what sorts of items are often included in them, and a how-to guide as well. It’s an innovative and engaging format for anyone wanting their little ones to consider their own lives from the perspective of the future — and vice versa.