Sunshine and Snowballs / Goodnight Little One – Book Buddies Review for Parragon Books

We are thrilled to be a part of the Book Buddies team working with Parragon Books.

Yes, I think you all know by now that Monkey and I have a slight obsession for books, I’m seriously thinking that our spare room is going to have to become Monkey’s own personal library – but I can’t think of anything better to be surrounded by than good, quality books.

This bring me nicely on to our first delivery of two wonderful books from Parragon Books – firstly Sunshine and Snowballs written by Margaret Wise Brown and cleverly illustrated by Charlotte Cooke.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sunshine and Snowballs
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Sunshine and Snowballs

Through the wonderfully illustrated 32 pages of this paperback you follow two young children, a boy and a girl, on their journey through the seasons. My Monkey 3 and half year old son was captivated from the very first page.

We talk about the season a lot already as we grow our own vegetables and are keen nature watchers, so this book was great for building on our experiences and having discussions following on from the simple story text and great drawings.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com summertime
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com summertime

As we read through the seasons, we saw the changes in weather and also followed the animals – for example in summer we could see lots of insects enjoying the warm weather with the children.

The illustrations really bring this book to life – Monkey hasn’t really seen any lightning yet, but this book showed him what to expect ……

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Jagged lightning
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Jagged lightning

We both enjoyed reading this book, the text is so descriptive but short and simple, so great for younger children. Priced at £5.99 (2013 price) I would say that this is great value for money and would certainly recommend.

We had great expectations for our second book, as we’d enjoyed the first so much.  I’d deliberately saved it for bedtime ….

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Goodnight Little One
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Goodnight Little One

….. Goodnight Little One is written by Margaret Wise Brown (I am now a big fan) and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott.

This 32 page paperback book shows us a variety of animals as they settle down to sleep for the night.  The rhyming text is simple but effective and the softly painted illustrations give you a warm, comforting feeling.  I love this book, there is something quite magical about it.  It is the perfect book to read at bedtime.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Little pig goes to sleep
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Little pig goes to sleep

Monkey sat patiently in bed while I read the story and we talked about each animal in turn, where they lived and the noises they make as we followed them on their journey to the land of Nod.

www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Cats
www.over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com Cats

I’m a sucker for great illustrations, these really work so well, with the beautifully written story.  Priced at £5.99 (2013 price) I would also recommend this book and am now off in search of other books by this author!

 

disclaimer:  we were sent these books for the purpose of review, our comments however, remain our own honest thoughts

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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