‘tea consent’ videoLooking for some beautiful new children’s books to start the new year? Here you go! Enjoy the January 2020 Children’s Book Roundup!
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Roo Knows Blue – Renee Treml
“Who knows blue? Roo knows blue!” In fact, Roo knows blue so well that Roo comes up with a clever little rhyme about all things blue. Other colours, however… Roo is not so sure. Lucky for Roo, there is a clever friend at hand to help out. Soon, Roo is familiar with all kinds of different colours. If only Roo could figure out something that rhymed with orange!
Peppa Pig: George and the Dinosaur – (Based on the TV series Peppa Pig, created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker)
Who doesn’t love Peppa Pig? Hannah certainly does! So it was no surprise to see her face light up when George and the Dinosaur arrived on our doorstep. In this particular Peppa Pig adventure, Peppa, joins her fossil-mad brother, George, and some of his friends on an adventure to the beach. There they are met by Miss Rabbit, who guides the young explorers in the art of fossil hunting.
Peppa soon gives up, bored by the abundance of sand and stones, but not much else. She turns her attention to building a sandcastle. George and his friends, however, are a little more tenacious. They take their fossil-hunting mission very seriously, and soon find some clues that lead to a very large discovery! George believes it might be a complete skeleton of a dinosaur, although Mummy Pig thinks it may just be a very big rock. There’s only one way to find out who is right…
Roly Poly – Mem Fox and Jane Dyer
With over 40 books for adults and children to her name, there is no doubt that Mem Fox is an Australian storytelling institution. Her classic, Possum Magic, is Australia’s bestselling picture book. It holds a special place on Hannah’s bookshelf, alongside other Mem Fox favourites Where is the Green Sheep? and the Bonnie and Ben books.
Roly Poly tells the story of a little polar bear who suddenly has to deal with the arrival of a little brother he didn’t ask for (unsurprisingly, such a storyline was immediately engaging to Hannah, who had to wrap her head around the arrival of a little brother too!). Roly Poly doesn’t want to share his favourite things with “Monty”. While Roly Poly’s parents think that one day he will adore Monty, Roly Poly just wishes him gone. Then, one day, as the ice cracks and Monty begins to float away, that wish becomes a reality.
Roly Poly pretends not to notice. As Monty cries for help, Roly Poly pretends not to hear. But maybe Roly Poly is beginning to adore Monty after all…
Jane Dyer’s unique polar bears are created through a process of needle felting and they add an extra dimension of interest to this story.
China Through Time: A 2,500 Year Journey Along The World’s Greatest Canal
Every now and then a picture book that really takes your breath away comes along. China Through Time is one of them. The illustrations are intricate and fascinating. The things to looks for on every page – cat Lihua as well as a smattering of other things to find as indicated in the boarder text – encourage full exploration of these amazing illustrations. Indeed, China Through Time has a flavour of Where’s Wally meets Imagine by Alison Lester.
The combination of the massive, intricately detailed wide-format illustrations, single text boxes with some scene setting info and special details written in the boarders really take you on the journey of this time and place. It is transportative.
Respect: Consent, Boundaries and Being in Charge of You – Rachel Brian
For those of you that know the ‘tea consent’ video that went viral, this book is by the co-creator and it is equally engaging, compelling and easy to understand. Targeted at about the seven to eleven year old age group, this book is humorously written in comic book style. As with the ‘tea consent’ video, it’s clever use of every day scenarios to illustrate consent and boundaries to children is phenomenal – witty, engaging and easy to understand. It addresses this complex topic with grace and ease. It covers some of the contextual subtleties associated with these topics. You may have different rules for different people, and sometimes your rules might change. Like when you high-five your friends and kiss your kitten, but not the other way around. Or pinching: not nice, right? Unless someone has just won a big prize and says “Pinch me! I think I’m dreaming!”. Then it’s ok, isn’t it?
Importantly, it also covers how you can communicate your boundaries and what to look for to identify and respect other people’s boundaries. It discusses grooming and that trust isn’t something you earn and then have forever. Since this is a book for digital natives, consent to share pictures and videos is also discussed.
It is a great resource and conversation starter that we will be using in years to come.
You can find Respect: Consent, Boundaries and Being in Charge of You on the Hachette website.
Waiting for Wolf – Sandra Dieckmann
I’m not crying, you’re crying…
Okay, I’ll admit it, this beautiful book may have encouraged a tear or two from my eyes. The loss of a loved one is a delicate subject for little readers, but it is so important. Waiting for Wolf handles the subject wonderfully, with the feelings of confusion and sadness confronted in a delicate and thoughtful way.
Fox grieves for her lost best friend, but she also remembers his words on their last perfect day together – “Life really is beautiful”. Her memories of all the wonderful things they had done together come flooding back in bright colours as she realises the meaning behind Wolf’s words, and “Fox knew she wasn’t going to stay in the darkness any longer.”