The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier

P1040388_Princess_bookSo I was thinking today as I sit here and stare at the stack of books that Katherine and I have read lined up for me to post. How much we really do love books. Recently while Volunteering at the American Library in Paris I was browsing through a large book called the 1001 Children/ Youth Books you must read before you die (or something like that). Looking through it I realized I had read a good number of the books either as a child or at least read them in school. As I flipped through the age groups a book in the 5+ stuck out to me. The title was “the secret lives of Princesses” by Philippe Lechermeier Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer the book was first written in French. However, an english version is published so I was excited! A reason this book stuck out to me was one….the illustration of the cover (AMAZING!) and two well I am living in France and anything about princesses is awesome to me and Katherine.

So as you may judge me for judging the book by it’s cover I do this because a cover a children’s book is going to be what draws the child in to read it. So publishers who have good authors pair them with amazing illustrator’s and so on.

I purchased the book “the secret lives of Princesses” and received it in the mail today. It is AMAZING the work of art for all the Unknown and Forgotten Princesses (which is the direct translation of the French Title) are so unique. The individual stories read like a Mother Goose rendition of fairytales.

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Peter Reynolds; inspires, and changed my view of children’s books.

NorthStarOne may ask why do I prefer children’s books over most novels. Well I stumbled upon a book called The North Star by Peter Reynolds. My father had just passed away and I was looking to connect myself to something through reading. I tried to immerse myself in stories that were full of emotion and multiple characters but just felt like I would get my head confused with my thoughts and the life situation of the main characters. Continue reading

The reason and season for friendship; The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

lionandbird_dubucThe book “The Lion and The Bird” written by Marianne Dubuc is a must have addition to anyone’s personal library. The illustrations draw you in to a beautiful story of friendship. As a mighty Lion is working in his garden he finds a little bird who has been wounded. The Lion mends the birds wound, but the rest of the bird’s flock has left for the winter. Continue reading

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their parents by Lita Judge

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A great big 4 Thumbs up for: Born in the Wild by Lita Judge is one of the best nonfiction picture books I’ve read. The illustrations are simply beautiful and full of detail. You really can see into the heart of Lita Judge and her passion for animals. Her details in the way the baby animals interact with their parents is perfect. While the reading is light it gives children just the right amount of factual information to appreciate the care, love, protection and nurturing the mammal species share. Judge draws children closer to their environmental world through the facts and similarities the children see in the care animals and humans share. The end of the book also offers more detailed information on the animals mentioned in the story for readers who want to know more.

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