Last week I focused my book reviews on books my son can't get enough of right now. So this week I am going to highlight some books I love.
Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans was perhaps my favorite book in the whole series. In this story brave little Madeline is perhaps too brave for her own good , ad while daringly walking along the edge of a bridge she falls in the Siene. Luckily she is as the title suggests , rescued by a fine dog! The dog is immediately adopted by the school but things go awry after the annual inspection by the board of trustees. I love all the illustrations in this book, so many of the very distinct quartiers of Paris are showcased , and readers really get a feel for what the city is like through the experience of these little girls. I think most kids can relate to having a lost pet or simply yearning for one to snuggle with.
My Granny Went To Market by Stella Blackstone is an amazing book. It's a counting book, a trip around the world and a view into different cultures as well. Granny buys a magic carpet and goes from place to place, buying souvenirs that number from 1-10. The text isn't lengthy and the illustrations are bright and busy that even really young toddlers will love it.
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a sweet tale of a chameleon that doesn't want to continually change color, he wants to be like other animals and have a color all to himself. This is a great book for toddlers who are just learning colors because there are a limited number of colors on each page. The story is delightful as well, the chameleon never does find his own color but he finds a true friend to share all his changing colors with.
The Great Escape from City Zoo by Tohby Riddle made me laugh hysterically. The humor was way over my 2 year old's head but he still enjoyed the book even if he didn't get it. The story is a funny tale about 4 animals who bust out of the zoo and live life on the outside as fugitives. I loved when the illustrations were references to pop culture - there is one of the fugitive animals crossing the street like the Abbey Road album cover, another that channels Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and more. I loved this book and I think it's great when a children's book can speak to the children and parents. We spend a lot of time reading to our kids and it's nice to have a book like this in the mix.