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Review of The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn

The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn
Ladybug is so lazy that she doesn’t know how to fly. She wants to find a new place to sleep and decides to ride on passing animals. But Kangaroo’s pouch is too bumpy, and Crocodile’s tail is too wet. When she hops onto Elephant’s trunk, she gets a big surprise! Ages 2-5
(from Amazon.com)

Release date: March 2014
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Pages: 32
Source: Gift from grandma!

This book is part of a Tiger Tales collection we received as a gift from grandma. They are all as beautifully constructed as The Very Fidgety Fish (review here), with thick spongy covers, shiny metallic cover art, thicker than usual glossy pages, and absolutely gorgeously colorful illustrations. The book covers are sturdy enough to be handled even by Little E, our 8 month old, though I don’t recommend letting a little one close to the inside pages, as she has already torn a few pages in her excitement. They are good quality, but not a board book.

On to the story! My littles found The Very Lazy Ladybug super entertaining, partly because it showcases a bunch of cool jungle animals and actions that they do, like scratching, sneezing, swinging on vines, etc. It’s a good book to teach your kids animals, but more importantly, as a parent I found the story of The Very Lazy Ladybug valuable because it teaches that if you are lazy and don’t make an effort to learn new things, you can miss out on big things. Ladybug is so lazy, she never learned how to fly. Even a kid can understand how sad that is.

The Very Lazy Ladybug is part of a collection called “My First Storybook,” and I’ve decided that’s a very appropriate label: Little S, our 6 year old, is reading through the books with little to no trouble, and enjoying herself immensely! I love seeing her reading self-esteem boosted like this. If you have a little reader, or an older reader who is struggling a little, I definitely recommend Tiger Tales’ “My First Storybook” collection. Oh, and don’t forget to check back in to see what we think of our other three Tiger Tales books!

Our rating?

5 out of 5 Stars

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Review of The Very Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

The Very Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

Tiddler is always fidgeting. “Go out into the sea & swim until you’re tired,” says his mother, “but watch out for the Big Fish.” So Tiddler heads out & meets jellyfish, a starfish, a crab, & other creatures. Then he sees a big, dark cave & decides to investigate… Ages 2-5
(from barnesandnoble.com)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Release date: March 1st, 2014
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Pages: 32
Source: Gift from grandma!

Both my girls absolutely love this book. Our 6 year old, who struggled through 1st grade reading, was able to read this book fluently. This made her very happy and really boosted her confidence. She loved the story of a traveling fish kid, too, and re-read the book to her little sister three times in a row. Little sister, by the way, was completely enthralled by the shiny cover and the bright colors on the pages, which really complemented the story of a fish exploring his reef home. She also loved that the cover of the book is spongy and soft, so she was allowed to hold the book, though the pages are regular book pages (not thick kiddie cardboard).

My opinion as a parent: The book is of very good quality, which doesn’t come across in the picture. The story is not exactly warm and fuzzy, but it is one that kids will recognize, since it sure happens a lot at home: kids get fidgety, so parents send them outside to work off the excess energy. It does take a bit of a scary turn though. While exploring, Tiddler gets eaten by the big fish. He eventually makes it back home safe and sound, but if you have a sensitive child, this may not be the book for you.

Our rating?
4 out of 5 stars

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