More Picture Books from Candlewick Press

Mum, Me and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie

Mum, Me and the Mulberry Tree
by Tanya Rosie, Chuck Groenink 

5 out of 5 stars

A little girl and her mother take a trip to visit their mulberry tree. The tree is all alone in a big field of grass. First, they pick the mulberries from low branches, then the mother climbs up into the tree to reach higher berries. Their hands and mouths are sticky and stained from eating so many mulberries! They bring buckets of mulberries home as the sun sets. They warm up the oven, and roll out the pastry, and whip up the cream. When the mulberry pie is ready, they each get a big slice. At bedtime, the little girl cuddles into her warm bed, dreaming of their special mulberry tree.

This is such a sweet book! I love the close relationship between mother and daughter. They really enjoy spending time together. The text is told in rhyme and is well written. Each page has a lyrical quality that makes it easy to read aloud.

The illustrations are so beautiful! I love the soft art style and the bright summer colors.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Something About Grandma by Tania de Regil

Something About Grandma
by Tania de Regil

5 out of 5 stars

Julia goes to visit her grandmother for the summer just outside of Mexico City, and she discovers that there is something special about grandma. She knows all about the herbs in her garden and how to cook them. She seems to know exactly what to do when Julia feels homesick. She has a special way of making hot chocolate. She plays games and writes in a secret journal. Best of all, she gives the most wonderful hugs that make you feel warm all the way through.

This is such a beautiful book! The little girl and her grandmother are so sweet together, and you can feel the family affection on every page. It’s so lovely to see how the grandmother shares her legacy of love with her granddaughter.

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I love the delicate lines and pretty pastel colors. There’s something really graceful in the art style that touches your heart.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Namaste Is a Greeting by Suma Subramaniam

Namaste Is a Greeting
by Suma Subramaniam, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

A little girl discovers that the word “Namaste” can encompass many things. It can be a greeting between friends, practicing a yoga pose, finding silence in the chaos, and a way to show your respect and love to the world. The little girl finds that namaste helps her to put things in perspective when something goes wrong. Namaste can be the catalyst for helping others and finding peace within yourself.

This is a cute book! I like the positive messages of hope and peace.

I like the colorful illustrations. There are so many things going on in the background of each scene and lots of interesting people. It makes each page like a treasure hunt for the special details in the back.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook Vegetarian by David Atherton

Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks
by David Atherton, Alice Bowsher (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

This children’s cookbook is perfect for any young chefs who want to learn the basics of cooking and get inspired in the kitchen. It’s so cool that this is written by one of the winners of the Great British Baking Show! This book includes recipes for meals, snacks, and desserts.

These recipes are kid-friendly and give instructions to the young readers about when to ask an adult for help. There are recipes for flapjacks, bean dip, spinach crepes, potato cakes, carrot soup, and a lot of yummy desserts. I really want to try the recipe for the Spring Butterfly Cupcakes with tiny butterfly wings on top.

Each recipe has cute illustrations that show the step-by-step process for creating delicious food. I love the adorable art style. The colors are warm and attractive!

Although the author is British, the edition that I have has all the American-style measurements in cups and teaspoons, instead of the European-style metric system. There may be different editions for the UK and USA.

This would be the perfect gift for a young cook who wants to learn how to cook delicious meals and special treats!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

National Trust by Katherine Halligan

Sunday Funday: A Nature Activity for Every Weekend of the Year
by Katherine Halligan, Jesús Verona (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

This book has activities for every weekend in the year dividing into sections by season. In the spring, you can make leaf rubbings, dye eggs, do yoga, bake a carrot cake, and plant seeds in your own garden. In the summer, you can make a fruit smoothie, plant pumpkins, make a sandcastle, create a picture frame, sail a leaf boat, or make a woodland crown from leaves and flowers. In the autumn, you can create little fairy homes, cook soup, make a leaf mobile, run an obstacle course, bake an apple crumble, and carve a pumpkin. In the winter, you can make a star from twigs, bake Christmas cookies, feed birds, design a yarn sweater for a tree, bake a chicken pie, go on a treasure hunt, or make a terrarium.

This book is full of so many fabulous ideas! Most of them use ordinary household items or cheap items, so it is easy to get started. Each activity has clear instructions and a list of what you need.

The illustrations are so cool! They show children doing each activity and having a marvelous time painting, creating, baking, and exploring. Each page is colorful and attractive.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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