This is a book that had me close to tears at the message that it speaks. It will have your school aged child thinking and talking about its meaning, and for the younger child it is a lullaby that whispers words of comfort and grace. The illustrations will captivate both young and old eyes.
I have chosen to share this book with you because I think it is one of those little gems that people may dismiss as just being a sticker book when it is actually so much more. This book not only supports literacy development but also fine motor skills, colour recognition and the ability to pattern and number match.
I am slowly running out of books from my childhood but have been on the phone to my mum to send me some more that she has on her shelf. I love looking back at books that I have enjoyed as a child and I am finding so many of you also have enjoyed them as children too and have shared your fond memories.
Another book gifted to me as a child but this time from my nana, she was known for cooking delicious food especially her scones which she could whip up in minutes. So it was not surprising when she gifted me this cookbook which was probably considered quite cool in the 80’s.
Heartwood Hotel, is just as endearing as it sounds, taking me back to my childhood where you imagine animals such as Mona scurrying about, leading lives just like us humans, making friendships and finding “home”.
When you take the time to open a book, you never know just what you might get. It seems like a simple story on friendship but then you’re delighted to discover it is more than that. It’s about middle graders who put others ahead of themselves, it’s about reaching out to the community to give back, and dynamics between people. It’s also about the journey of self and discovering all that you have to give is so much more than you ever imagined.