I am SUCH a sucker for books, especially kids books. Like I have mentioned many times before, it’s a good thing I have kids! I also know that these books aren’t particularly “outdoor-based” but books are books and can ALWAYS be read outside!
Recently I was approached by published author, Julia Dweck, and given the opportunity to check out a few of her most recent books. They are all very different from each other, and ones my kids love. My biggest complaint? They don’t come in printed form and are available only as an e-book. There is something special about holding a physical book (and I honestly prefer that our kids have as little screen time as possible…) However, times are certainly changing and these books aren’t to be overlooked.
My personal favorite (and those of the boys too) this one is about a little boy who wants to grow up and be a bear of all things. He is belittled by his teachers, but encouraged by his mother and friends. It’s a great story to encourage young children in however they look at life AND it involves bears (so it MUST be good, right!?!?) This is the only book of Julia’s that does not use rhyme, but the wording is beautiful. Highly recommended!
Blucy is a cute book about a relationship between a unique cat (that happens to like blue and then turns blue…) and her owner. The illustrations are intriguing and draw in young readers. However, I found myself lost often to what was happening in the story and WHY he was turning blue. Some parts I had to read again and again (maybe it is the English major in me???) I don’t think it is anything young kids pick up on, but bothered me (and this is therefore my least favorite of her books).
Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep
Super cute story about a girl and her sheep (that just happens to have a REALLY hard time staying awake!) She does all sorts of different actions to keep him awake (and I love the rhyme in this one!) For some reason I am not particularly drawn to the illustrations, but this is a great book overall.
**This book is FREE on Amazon for a Kindle version (which works on an iPad too) today…not sure how long that will last, so take advantage!!**
Humpfree: The Humpless Camel
I love how this book highlights again the fact that every person (or camel) is very different and those things that stand out as “bad” are actually very beautiful. It is a quick read and ends with a snippet about actual humpless camels and how the story was inspired. The kids think the illustrations are hilarious….
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Julia Dweck generously provided us e-copies of these books in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here.
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