Books for children by Mary Arrigan

  • Kiss It Better by Smirit Prasdam-Halls (Bloomsbury, €9.00)
  • Bing by Ted Dewan (Harper Collins, €9.00)
  • Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature by Maria Dias and Ines Do Rosario (Frances Lincoln, €24.50)
Books for children by Mary Arrigan

Kiss It Better by Smirit Prasdam-Halls (Bloomsbury, €9.00)

Written with easy, rhyming words and child-friendly illustrations, this endearing bear book is perfect for the newly independent reader.

Friendship comes in many ways especially when small bear helps a friend who falls from a tree. Each page is full of fun that will enthral children aged four and upwards.

Bing by Ted Dewan (Harper Collins, €9.00)

Bing and Flop are best friends who like their food, but do they like the same things?

When Flop brings hungry Bing to the table and produces a tomato Bing is not impressed.

Thus begins a selection of many foods that one may like and the other dislike.

However, it really does not matter if one likes a banana the other prefers a roundy egg because the main thing is they are both eating good food.

This is the perfect fun book for young children who can relate to the sort of food they each like best.

The repetitions and loud colours will be popular, and hopefully the young reader will agree that the stubborn Bing deserves the time out he gets for over-the-top reactions. Suitable for age four and upwards.

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature by Maria Dias and Ines Do Rosario (Frances Lincoln, €24.50)

This colourful book ranges from identifying animals by examining the remnants of their eaten foods to studying their faeces and footprints.

There are fascinating accounts of insects which cover themselves in chemicals from dead ants so that they can live undetected in cosy anthills and of how the cork oak can survive a forest fire unscathed.

The origin of humans and their similarity with mammals is tastefully covered — a humorous aside mentioning biologists who howl to communicate with wolves. There is a logical progression from explaining tidal movement to studying the sky at night, with emphasis on differentiating between stars and planets.

An extensive glossary and details of complementary websites round off this inspired introduction to nature. Suitable for age 10 and upwards.

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