My daughter and I just snuggled up on the couch to read our newest book, Kiss Kiss. With a title like that, we were bound to be a bit silly. Oh, and we were. Snuggles and Kisses are two of our most favorite things, so we excitedly opened the book.
Author Selma Mandine brings a stuffed animal to life, and with it a heart full of curiosity. What’s a Kiss like?
The baby of the family is surely no stranger to kisses, and goes about explaining what a kiss is like. Oh, the illustrations really are fun here as the baby boy describes one kiss as being “like a cactus, it prickles…”, and kisses from the dog are WET! In the end, the teddy bear still isn’t quite sure what a kiss is, despite the baby’s best try. So, he gives it a KISS!
This charming story comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. I can already see it as part of one of our “craft projects” for Valentine’s Day. We’ll read the story and then get creative with crayons, stickers, and more! It will likely have your child giggling as he or she recognizes the different kinds of “kisses” received!
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Marching, Jim Crow laws, and the Voting Rights Act. At first glance, you might think this is another history book, but you’d be mistaken. Child of the Civil Rights Movement is a wonderfully written story by Paula Young Shelton, an amazing woman who herself was a daughter of civil rights leader and former UN ambassador, Andrew Young.
With Paula Young Shelton’s writing, children ages 4-8 will have a simple understanding of what exactly the American Civil Rights Movement was (and why it happened). I imagine children today will hardly believe that there was time when people couldn’t enter restaurants based on the color of their skin, or even vote. Children today have only to look at the White House and recognize that times have changed.
While it’s full of history, it’s really the story of a young girl with a loving family, and what their life was like. There are huge dinners with macaroni and cheese and swimming at the local pool. Children will identify with that (very different from a history book).
This book could be an invaluable tool for teachers and parents alike. A simple way to make history more real to children who didn’t experience it.
(While these complimentary books were provided to A Frugal Friend for review courtesy of Random House, no other compensation was given. All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Frugal Friend)