Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley

A Bedtime Yarn
written by: Nicola Winstanley
illustrations by: Olivia Chin Mueller
published by: Tundra Books
expected publish date: September 26, 2017

I can't stop thinking about this book!  It is so simple and so magical at the same time!
This book will be my new go-to 'littles' gift book.

Book Hooks: It's all about connections with this one!
1- A bedtime story to remember! Kids will love the connections to their bedtime routine.
2- The ball of yarn is ingenious!  I don't want to give it away - you'll have to read!
3-Tha magical ball of yarn near the end - still not giving anything away!
4-The connection to Frankie's mom - so sweet!

From Goodreads:
Like a well-worn, snuggly blanket, this sweet bedtime story about a little bear who's afraid of the dark and his mother's creative solution will warm and comfort readers big and small.

Frankie is a little bear who has a hard time falling asleep. The dark is scary, and he hates to be alone. So his mother gives him a ball of yarn to hold when he goes to bed, and she keeps the other end in the next room, working it into a surprise for Frankie.

Every few nights the yarn color changes, and Frankie dreams in all the colors that he and his mother pick out. One night he's swimming in turquoise water, another night he's in a cool gray fog. He plays with a marmalade kitten and eats delicious chocolate cake. Eventually Frankie and his mother create something special--and Frankie learns that he's always connected to those he loves, even when he's alone in the dark.

A beautiful story of love and crafting, A Bedtime Yarn will appeal to knitters, sleepy little bears and any parents dealing with their child's fear of the dark.

Okay - so this summary gave some things away...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Zoo Zen

Zoo Zen 
A Yoga Story for Kids
by Kristen Fischer
illustrated by Susi Schaefer
published by Sounds True
expected date July 1, 2017

This is an adorable book that follows Lyla as she learns her yoga poses.  The really cool thing is that Lyla is at the zoo, and the animals join in the fun.  Her poses mimic each animal, so she's leaning yoga from the animals! Kristen Fischer uses a relaxing meter for her story which works well. The zoo animals also add pointers along the way.  The animals in the illustrations are adorable which kids will love!  An added layer of counting will make Zoo Zen that much more alluring to kids, and parents too.  There is back matter which will help parents lead their children through Lyla's Yoga Flow.  All in all, a great find.  I have it on my list to purchase for some little ones in my life!  I also read a tweet that it will be available at Target.  That makes it easy!

*Thanks NetGalley for an advanced ebook to review.  My opinions are my own.