Thursday, April 2, 2015

Read: Some lovely finds

It's been a long time since we've done a book review, so I thought I'd share some of our reads today. All these have two things in common: they are all beautifully illustrated (I can't resist lovely pictures!), and are books that we are currently enjoying:

Animalium: If you're teaching your kids about diversity, this is the book to read. Gorgeous illustrations introducing the various groups of the animal kingdom, this has kept Junior J engrossed for a long time.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: This is a lovely follow-up to Over and Under the Snow (we reviewed it here in our recommendations for books on winter ), which introduces children to the life they would meet in the garden, both above and below ground.

Nature Anatomy: Flipping through this is like reading an artist's journal, as he learns more about the natural world. Read about volcanoes and minerals, migration and ecosystems, all lavishly drawn. (Read a review of the book here.)

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: I bought this more for myself than the kids, since I think they may not be ready for the full-length fairy tales. I especially loved this version: it is the most beautifully illustrated version amongst the ones I've browsed, and the stories feature illustrations from different illustrators. I'm now eyeing the other volume of Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson!

Home: Home may be a nest, a house, or even a tent. This book explores the concept of home, with simple text and gorgeous illustrations. (Read a review of the book here.)

Finally, these are not books, but writing tools that the boys (and even the baby) are enjoying. These are magnatabs (click here for the range, of which many are now going at 30% off), where a child learns to write by using a magnetic pen which puts metal balls into place. It's great for kinesthetic learners, and the baby loves pushing the little balls down (these balls will not fall out so no choking hazard there). We bought the one for numbers as well as lower case letters, and thus far are getting a fair bit of mileage from them.

PS: One more thing all these books have in common: they are all now on offer on Amazon, with most having discounts of 20% or more. Speaking of which, this 4D USA History puzzle is now going at 32% off! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Linking up with:

Growing with the Tans


  1. Thanks for linking up! These books look really lovely, and I'm so tempted to get the magnatabs as well. :P

  2. Hi, can I ask if you actually buy all these books and where do you get them?

    1. Hi Cherice,
      Thanks for dropping by. Yes we have purchased the books listed here, and we got them from Amazon. The links to Amazon are all attached! We make it a point to read books before we do recommend them. :)



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