With all her love for the library Smarty is thrilled when she receives new books to call her own. Her own books get constant workout, and she usually has at least ten of them in various places of her room. This is why she was delighted to receive a new batch of books for review from wonderful folks at Tiger Tales. All the books were beautiful, and it was hard for her and for me to contain the excitement and not to read all of them at once.
A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt/Hannah Whitty was our shared favorite from Tiger Tales new releases. Considering the nickname of my daughter, mouse books are very popular in the house. This book is a sweet story about a little mouse and her mom working together to fulfill a wish for something sweet to nibble on. The explanations about where things come from will be very age appropriate for young readers. The only thing that could have made it better is having a recipe in the back.
My Brother Charlie was the most thought provoking book of the week. Smarty pulled it from “New Releases” shelf in the library. It’s written by a mother/daughter pair Holly and Ryan Peete (Ryan is only 12 years old!) and tells in the first person a story of having a twin brother with autism. Smarty has had very few experiences with disability so far, and she had a lot of questions about the book. I really like the message of acceptance and love in this book, and I hope that Smarty will remember these lessons when she meets people who are different from her in the way they perceive the world.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is one of those books that I can’t believe we didn’t read up to now. Not for the lack of trying – I just couldn’t “catch” this book in the library, it was always checked out. I was a bit worried that Smarty will find the story scary (she can be funny that way), but she found it extremely funny, and the book quickly made its way to her stack of favorites. I do think that 4+ is probably a good age for this story due to its length.
Dear Tooth Fairy was an accidental library find and while looking to link this review, I found out that this is also a series book, and we will probably be looking for more. It’s a chapter book with two very likeable siblings. Big brother Harry is pretty helpful and patient with Emily who can’t wait for her first tooth to fall out. Smarty can’t wait either – for some reason she is completely convinced that while other fairies are not real, tooth fairy is real, because she leaves presents.