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Monday, September 11, 2017

Picture Books that Make You Feel Good

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions are my own.

Today I am going to share with you five new picture books that make you feel good when you read them or have the overall theme of making the world better. Don't we all need that in our world. We will start with How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham


This book is written for preschool through second grade and does not contain a lot of words. The story is about a bird who falls from the sky in the city. No one sees him and the only one to notice him on the sidewalk is a little boy named Will. Will insists on bringing him home and fixing him. His parents are understanding and help him create a place to rest and heal. They take care of the bird until his wing is healed and then they take him to the spot where he was found and release the bird. 

I love how this book uses pictures to demonstrate the kindness of a child and his family. It reminds us to take care of all creatures on Earth. It reminds us of the innocence and hopefulness of children. Do you have a child's faith and love? This story will remind you of it.


Our next book is the fourth book in the Little Elliot series. The book is Little Elliot Fall Friends by Mike Curato. Little Elliot is an elephant and he and his best friend who is a mouse live in the city. They are ready for a vacation from the city and head out to the country. They discover the country is bigger than the city. They have a lot of fun in the country and Little Elliot finds the perfect hiding spot during their game of hide and seek. It is so perfect that Mouse does not find him, but Mouse meets some friends and has the perfect way to have Little Elliot find his way to him. 

This is a fun fall book for young children. It is suggested for ages 4 to 8. It has all the fun fall things like apple picking, playing in the leaves, feeling the wind and apple pie. So if you are getting ready for autumn, be sure to check out this book. 


Our next book is Baabwaa and Wooliam by David Elliott and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. In this book sheep, Baabwaa and Wooliam, are best friends and very different. Baabwaa loves to knit and Wooliam loves to read. They decide they need an adventure and while taking a walk they meet a strange looking third sheep. Wooliam questions whether this new sheep could be the wolf in sheep's clothing that he has read about. 

This book is such a fun twist on the norm. I love how the sheep end up helping the wolf. There is a nice ending and the wolf helps the sheep find the adventure they were craving. It is a cute book, so be sure to check it out.


Our next book is Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. This book is the perfect book for young children in these social times. Now I am going to start by saying we do not let Hazel watch the news and try not to have it on when she is around. In this book a little girl sees the news full of anger and hatred. She asks her father what she can do. He shows her the diverse population at the subway station and he smiles and tips his hat at everyone. The little girl does too.

She sees the news again and asks her mother what she can do. Her mother shows her the diversity at the market both in the people as well as the food. This story is how each of us can choose to make a difference by being kind and accepting of others who are different from us. It is a wonderful multicultural book that just exudes kindness and hope. The book ends with the girl and others in her neighborhood drawing friendly pictures with chalk. I did receive a box of chalk with the book and planned to get Hazel out to draw fun pictures with it as well, but we have not found the time when the weather has cooperated. However I did join in a rock painting event. 


The rock garden at our local outdoor mall is usually done by the Girl Scouts. The rocks are meant to brighten people's days. There is a sign about taking one that calls to you or leaving one of your own. Capital One Café was running the rock painting event on Saturday. They sprayed the painted rocks with a sealer and put them in the rock garden.

Painting a rock and adding it to the garden is a perfect activity to go with this book. Leaving it for a stranger to help cheer up his or her day.


Our final book is Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner. Sarabella is a daydreamer. She is always imagining things in her mind and is very quiet. She has trouble finishing her assignments because her mind wanders so much and comes up with such creative things. Her teacher sends notes home but her parents do not worry because they were the same way. One night her teacher assigns the perfect project for Sarabella. It was drawing a picture of your favorite daydream. This too seemed too much for Sarabella, but her daydreams brought her to the perfect solution. She created a daydream hat so she could share many of her daydreams. 

This book is beautiful and so creative. Do you know a child like Sarabella? Her mind is always in the clouds. This book is recommended for ages 5 to 8. 

So if you have someone in the range of preschool to second grade be sure to check out these fun and feel-good pictures books!