Who is Afraid of Little Wolf?
A bored little wolf is eager to find a playmate but he’s rebuffed in turn by little squirrel, little rabbit and little fox each saying that their mother doesn’t allow them to play with wolves.
Feeling rejected and sad, the little wolf hears a voice inviting him to play. It’s little bee, who is definitely not afraid of him and wants to play hide and seek.
So much fun do they have that the forest resounds with their playfulness.
All of a sudden, first squirrel and then a host of other animals want to join the game …
It’s never too early to demonstrate to the very youngest the importance of friendship and of not prejudging others; Yayo Kawamura’s delightful little book with its endearing characters does both of those without a hint of preachiness.
Marley Bear at the farm
Ottie Elephant in the town
Part novelty lift-the-flap, part seek-and-find, these tactile board books, the first two of a new series, involve little ones from the outset.
Marley Bear stars in the first book and we join him on a farm visit. There’s plenty to discover as he’s greeted by Gus Lion,
encounters some noisy farm animals including a pig family, a soft, fluffy sheep (very strokable) and then looks at more farm animals, the farmhouse and a truck before jumping into his car to drive home. Highly interactive, with some subtle positional vocabulary learning (in front/behind).
It’s a busy day when Ottie Elephant makes a trip to town; the place is bustling with shoppers and full of noise;
there are many colourful sights to enjoy, and as well as counting Ottie’s flowers, little ones can explore her shopping basket before she sets off home for some welcome refreshments.
Little Duck Duck hides in plain sight in every spread adding to the enjoyment of both books.
Lots of inherent learning, but most important, lots of fun to share with tinies.