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Plant A Kiss

By: Amy Krause Rosenthal

Illustrated By: Peter H Reynolds

Little Miss plants a kiss, cares for it and waits. Then one day it finally blooms. Little Miss decides to share the fruit of the kiss even though others say it is rare and might run out if she does. Little Miss doesn’t care she wants to share and discovers something amazing about a planted kiss.

This is a fun, whimsical story that you cannot help but smile at. It is going to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy in the inside and possibly joyful enough to spread that onto the outside. Reynold’s illustrations are delightfully charming. There is little text but that just adds to the story’s appeal. Perfect for younger children who aren’t yet ready for more text laden books.

Lovely, delightful and recommended.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: 28 February 2012

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Love, Sharing

ISBN 13: 9780061986758

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

The Well at the End of the World

By: Robert San Souci

Illustrated By: Rebecca Walsh

Princess Rosamond is not a typical princess. She isn’t interested in fancy clothes or looking good, she would much prefer to spend her time with a good book. She also keep busy balancing the royal accounts and makes sure the drawbridge stays in working order. Then her father gets remarried and her stepmother and stepsister are only really interested in the royal treasury. They scheme to keep Rosamond out of the way.

When her father falls ill Rosamond chooses to set out in search of the one thing that might cure him – the healing waters from the well at the end of the world. Along the way Rosamond has plenty of opportunity to help or be selfish. Which path will she take and what things will happen as a result of her journey?

A wonderful fairytale-esque story. It contains a feisty heroine who uses generosity, intelligence and courage to get what she needs as opposed to servants, orders and selfishness. Walsh has painted wonderful illustrations that manage to somehow be both classic and contemporary. This is a great adventure story twisted through with a strong moral strand. It can stand as it is, providing a good example or be a springboard to discussions on attitudes. There is plenty of text which makes it a great choice for kindy/pre-primary or year one readers not quite ready for chapter books. Recommended.

Publisher: North-South Books (Nord-Sud Verlag AG)

Published: 23 September 2004

Format: Hardback 48 pages

Categories: Fiction General Self-Esteem

ISBN 13: 9781587172120

Purchase: here

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot

By: Anna Bradford

Illustrated By: Sarah Davis

Violet Mackerel goes with her Mum, sister and brother to the markets every Saturday, where her Mother has a stall. Violet thinks she would quite like to own the pale blue china bird she sees at the market every week. For Violet this is not a silly wish but the start of a very important idea. She knows this because she has a theory which says when you are having a very important idea you generally find something small and special on the ground. When she was thinking about the bird she finds a red button. Now though she needs a plot, but to get the bird it can’t just be any plot, it has to be a brilliant one.

Violet is a totally charming little girl. She is smart and she tries. If her plot doesn’t work she tries some more. This a a beautiful story of determination, working for what you want and generosity. There is a nice balance between the text and illustrations, which enhance the story without distracting you from it. A wonderful and heartwarming tale that I really look forward to sharing with my girls.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 November 2010

Format: Hardback 112 pages

Categories: Family

ISBN 13: 9781921529177

Purchase: here

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