The Animal Countdown by Frances Bacon is a gorgeous book. One thing that stood out is that, unlike most other counting books, it counts the numbers down from 10 to 1.
The book starts with an invitation to count down the number of animals playing in the sun, with each page dedicated to a different animal. The numbers are made with the animal they are talking about with a picture on the facing page of the animals playing in the sun. The story ends with zero animals playing in the sun because they are all asleep.
The illustrations look like they have been made by sticking paper to make the pictures – I can’t remember the name of the artistic method (if anyone can help, please add a comment).
This is a simple, fun book that will help kids learn how to count down numbers from 10 to 1.
Last week, I enjoyed reading Baby Wombat’s Week by Jackie French as a bedtime story to my nephew. This copy was a board book, however it is also available as a soft cover book. Wombats are my favourite Australian animal, so of course I chose this one to read – after we had read the monkey book I gave him a few times!
This is a delightful story about a baby wombat and his new friend and all the things they get up to during the week. The illustrations are gorgeous and I love the baby wombat, so cute.
The words themselves are simple with the illustrations telling much of the story. My nephew and I enjoyed looking at the things baby wombat got up to. Many illustrations were of objects my nephew recognised so the story held his attention.
This is a gorgeous book that will be enjoyed by everyone. Oh, and I spotted my nephew taking this book to my son for him to read after I’d finished it!!
This book is also called “Diary of a Baby Wombat”.
Buy the book:
Amazon.com – Diary of a BABY Wombat
It’s the story about a baby possum named Hush who lives with Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss has special bush magic and turns Hush invisible. The story is all about Hush and Grandma Poss travelling around Australia to find the antidote to the invisibility spell.
This is a gorgeous book with wonderful illustrations by Julie Vivas and it’s full of Australian animals and images. I really enjoyed reading this book again, and so did my kids.
Buy this book:
Amazon.com – Possum Magic (Voyager Books)
Today, I bring you another eBook, I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara. This was one of the first Kindle books that I downloaded. Reading on the Kindle app on my iPad is much easier than trying to read an eBook on my laptop!
This is a gorgeous book about a baby turtle who hatches and follow’s the moon to find his Mum. The illustrations are life like showing the journey of the baby turtles. The repetition of the phrase “I’m coming, Mama, I’ll see you soon, I know just how… I’ll follow the moon,” through the story is beautiful and by about half way through, my nephew was saying it with me. This helped keep him engaged in the story when he’s used to reading stories from physical books rather than on the iPad.
I really enjoyed this book too, which is always a plus. Check it out on Amazon as either an eBook or physical book, it’s an enjoyable book.
Buy this Book:
Amazon.com – I’ll Follow the Moon
Amazon.com Kindle edition – I’ll Follow the Moon
Today’s book is my first attempt at reading an eBook as a picture book. There’s a Wombat in my Bed by Tony Harris was a free eBook I was able to download from Tony’s website – Wombat Stories.
To be honest, I much prefer reading physical picture books as I find them a lot easier to read to my kids and my nephews.
I enjoyed this book, it’s full of fun rhymes and hand drawn pictures of Australian animals. I also love wombats, they are my favourite Australian animal… The rhymes are full of nonsense that kids love. Mr Z loved the page about the goanna as he loves lizards, and the idea of having a goanna in the garage is one that he loves.
This book is available as an online ebook, PDF and a printed book. Having all these different formats means you can choose the format that suits you.
Buy this book:
Wombat Stories – Online Shop
Today’s book is the final book I bought for my nephews for International Book Giving Day. This one, Five Little Ducks, is for Mr J, who is 9 months old.
I picked up this board book for him as his Mum, my sister, is a music teacher and this is a great book she can sing to him as well as read.
Inside, the book goes through the song and as you turn the pages, the number of ducks goes down.
When my kids were little, I know they loved books with holes in the pages as it added an air of anticipation for them. I hope the same will happen with Mr J and he will love this book too.
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles is a classic Australian picture book, and one that I’ve bought for one of my other nephews, 3 year old Mr O, for International Book Giving Day.
Poor Edward, he’s lonely and bored in the zoo, so he decides to try his hand at being another animal for the day. It’s fun reading about his adventures as a seal, lion and snake. I won’t give away the ending, only to say that it’s a great one.
Quite apart from the great story and illustrations of the zoo animals, there is also a wonderful message about being who you are, and not who you think others want you to be. It’s written in a way that kids will enjoy as well as parents.
I know that Mr O will love this book and I can’t wait to give it to him.
Buy this book:
Amazon.com – Edward the Emu