Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3 Outstanding Picture Book Stories to Win Little Hearts

Three Outstanding Picture Books to Win Little Hearts (A Review)

Today we will look at three books written by Pat Furstenberg


Everyone knows that children love Pictures and Picture books with lots of interesting words and sounds.  Part of every childs' development comes from those times when they are snuggled up with mom or dad, Grammie or Grandpa listening to the words and looking at the pictures.  It's also a wonderful time to bond with our children and grandchildren in a way that will bring fond memories back to them one day.


From my own experience, there is nothing quite like the quiet time spent with my little ones telling a story, listening to them describe how they see the pictures and teaching them some great life lessons all at the same time.  Books and the words they contain are stepping stones that children love to learn and hear.  So when you come across some books that you know children will love, it's only fair to share what you have found.


Rhyming and word-play are an important part of every child's verbal development.  There are word rhymes that are still taught to children today that go back at least 60 to 70 years and we are still teaching these same rhymes with their sing song rythms.  The kids just love them all.



These three books by Pat Furstenberg are all written in this way.  The pictures are delightful and the stories themselves are ones that will resonate with big and  little hearts.  Children will enjoy the stories of unlikely friends, while parents and grandparents can tell little side stories too. 


The Cheetah and the Dog are an unlikely pair, yet they become and remain good friends even though no on thought this was possible.  Too many differences don't matter when your hearts are in the same place.  How many times does that happen in real life?  Do you have a friendship that is still as strong as the Cheetah's and the Dog's? 



The Elephant and the Sheep is an endearing story too!  How often we make friends but don't think beyond what we see right in front of us.  Each of our lives are different, but, the one thing we all need is a friend.  A friend that can see beyond our hardships and differences. Only when we try really hard do we sometimes find out the truth.  Little sheep learns a valuable lesson about friendship,  love, and family.  Elephant learns something too,  family can be much more than living with other elephants.  Family can be living with those who love us!


The Lion and the Dog is another story about our differences and how they really don't matter.  What matters is how we care and treat each other.  Lion is so sad, yet the little dog Milo doesn't give up on Leo, even when he is less than friendly.  Milo knows what every good dog knows,  everyone needs a friend!  


If you have children, reading them stories about friendship and caring for others is a great way to encourage empathy at a young age.  The world needs more of that!  Word play and stories with great illustrations makes it easy for parents and grandparents to instill little life lessons in a very heart-warming way.  

If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can get these books and so many more by Patricia and other authors as well, delivered right to your Kindle device and some are free with Prime Membership.









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13 comments:

  1. Reading story books and picture books to children is a delightful and a necessary part of raising children from both the child's and the parent's point-of-view. I can't imagine a family life that doesn't include children's books. These featured books look like good choices, Olivia.

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    1. Thank you for your comments Miss Elf! I so agree, reading with children and grandchildren is a joy for me and I like to think the little ones love that special time with their Grammie too!

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  2. Children's books are a favorite of mine for any gift giving occasion! There is a beauty in being able to share lovely stories with my grandchildren and see the smiles that those stories invoke. These three stories are really quite lovely and I'm sure any child would enjoy both the stories and the pictures too!

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  3. To this day, I still love pretty illustrations in books. The pictures are all so cute and the stories definitely sound like they are based on excellent life lessons that inspire all of us to step outside the comfort zone to find unique friends. There is truly nothing better than a good book!

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    1. The pictures in these books are all so colorful and bright that any child will love to see the pages turn. I like that there is so much going on in the pictures, that you can tell little side tales as you read along.

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more Olivia. Reading is such an important part of a childs' development. We read all the time with our grandchildren. And, now the oldest reads to us. I just adore the way you described each one of these books.

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    1. Oh isn`t it wonderful when you can sit down with the grandchildren and they do the reading to you? I spend a lot of time doing that too and it pleases me to no end when they are as excited about the story being told and my reactions to their reading abilities.

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  5. I can't imagine how my life would have been without picture books and the adults who gave them to me and read them to me. Helping a child learn to love books is one of the greatest gifts one can give. These books you've suggested not only provide stories, but they also provide a take-off point for conversations on important topics.

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    1. You can say that again Barbara. Reading is one of the best gifts we can give anyone. Reading can take them places that they may never see in person and teach them a host of different things that they may have never ever thought about before. I love books too!

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  6. Love children's books though I haven't had a 'little' reason to pick one up for awhile. These three look like good picks, Olivia. What a great reason to be a member on Amazon Prime!

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    1. Yes being a member of Amazon Prime lets you have these books at no cost at all. When ever you get a
      "little" reason, I hope that you will fill your tablet with some of these and more wonderful books! There's no reason not to!

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  7. I really love the colors in these books. There's something so wonderful about books with lots of color as share them with the kids. It's like as adults we get lost in the animation ourselves. Beautiful.

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    1. So true Barbara, I love the pictures in these books. They are colorful and full of all kinds of other animals and scenery. You can use those pictures as a starting point to tell your own stories or have the little ones make up one of their own.

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