Meanwhile I was given a copy of "Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales about Animal Brides and Grooms from around the World" to read. I suddenly found that Disney's version wasn't so strange, and that there are far more versions of the familiar fantasy than I'd ever known. Myths and legends, from Greek, Native American and more... stories of wisdom and folly, warnings, and messages of love that sometimes conquers all... a fascinating collection... and not for kids!
"Sammy's Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast that fixed it" isn't strictly for children either. A fun picture book, it includes, very naturally, an image of the instructions for care of Sammy's cast, plus a very realistic look at how a small child will struggle when unable to play, and how adults can help. Kisses help too!
"Talon: Flight for Life" is a relatively long children's novel filled with word pictures as small protagonist Matica walks through the rainforest with her father, and the beautiful condor meets her on the plain. It's a children's story, but one most likely to be read to the child at bedtime by adults, with wise messages for all.
But what about a book that simply "is" a picture book? "ABC of Sensational Silly Animals" is filled with great pictures, delightfully silly animal combinations, and every imaginable reason for a small child to delight in teaching an adult. After all, what do you get when you cross an alligator with an ant?
But is coffee for kids?
I wasn't allowed coffee as a child, and I loathed warm milk. But find some coffee for yourself while you click on the links above and see which books you'd like to share:
- Some bold dark intense five-star coffee with Beauty and the Beast - these legends aren't for the faint-hearted.
- a mild, crisp one-star coffee for the light and sensible (and fun) Sammy's broken leg
- some lively easy-drinking coffee for Flight for Life, and
- a balanced full-flavored three-star coffee to learn those ABCs.