Books for Children

Snow Friends by M Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton (Little Tiger; €9.50).

When he awakes from his winter sleep, Little Bear is thrilled to see the countryside covered in snow. He bounces happily into the white landscape. But there’s no real fun without friends. And one by one they do turn up. With tactile snowflakes and snowballs and beautiful illustrations, this is a charming book to read with toddlers, or listen to the attached CD.

The Very Noisy Jungle by Kathryn White and Gill Guile (Little Tiger; €9.50 HB) is just the press-buttons noisy storybook to produce when the toys lose their initial appeal. Whiz the parrot finds the jungle is too quiet so he shrieks loudly to stir things up, thus setting in motion a caterwauling competition as other jungle inhabitants try to outdo one another with their growls and shrieks

For a quiet time Winter Wishes (Stripes; €5.92) is a collection of animal tales written by Malachy Doyle, Penny Dolan, Caroline Pitcher and other well-known writers. In Fergus Fox’s Christmas, when hunger hits this family Fergus and his sister trawl the houses for food. with no success. But when he sees Santa delivering gifts he makes a wish. And, of course Santa hears! Each charming story is illustrated with soft pencil cameo drawings. A delightful book to read to three- to five-year-olds.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Usborne; €8.35) is an exceptionally moving story about Caitlin Ann Smith who has Asperger’s syndrome. She is finding it almost impossible to come to terms with the loss of her brother, Devon. Along with two others, he had been the victim of a school shooting. It doesn’t help that her father is loath to talk of Devon’s death, so making sense of life for Caitlin falls to her school counsellor. A revealing and credible insight into the mind of a young person with Asperger’s who has the capacity to offer more to society. Suitable for age 12 and upwards.

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