In My Mailbox: Books by Liesbet Slegers

These books arrived unsolicited from the publisher this week. I don’t have time to review them, but I wanted to make mention of them because Liesbet Slegers is one of my favorite authors for this age group.

 

Is bunny playing on the swings all by himself? And who is gliding down the slide? This playful, interactive book offers a surprise on every page, inviting children to slide the flap to look at a whole new picture. A delightful little book in which toddlers can look and move to find the hidden pictures at the playground.

Is the pilot flying all alone in his plane? And will the fast car win the race? A delightful little book in which toddlers can look and move to find the hidden pictures. The unique extending system in this playful, interactive book offers a surprise on every page, inviting children to slide the flap to look at a whole new picture.

It’s a nice day today. I put on my bib and eat breakfast. Yummy. Then I go and play. I also take a bath today. I wash myself and play with my boat. Then it’s time for bed. An ideal book for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to learn all about what happens in a day.

How fun the four seasons are! In winter I love to play in the snow and in spring beautiful blossoms grow on the trees. In summer the sun shines nice and warm and in fall I love to jump in the puddles. Everything about the seasons of the year that toddlers and preschoolers would want to (and need to) know. Filled with recognizable pictures, these books stimulate the language development of young children. Printed on thick and sturdy paper, with round corners and a soft quilted cover, it makes a sturdy and delightful gift.

New Arrivals

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I love it when the mail carrier brings me books. Last week, an entire box of books arrived from Clavis. I’ll be using at least some of these titles for next week’s Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop sponsored by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews. The deadline to sign up for this giveaway hop is tomorrow night.

Books by Liesbet Slegers:
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Books by Guido Van Genechten:

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Books by Anita Bijesterbosch and France Quatromme & Parastou Haghi

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Have you received any children’s books lately?

Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions by Liesbet Slegers

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It’s not always easy being a kid. You are dealing with tons of emotions you can’t always understand. Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions by Liesbet Slegers helps youngsters explore their emotions with poems, lift-the-flap games, questions, and fabulous illustrations.

I love interactive books and this one definitely fits the bill. The book opens with Kevin as the narrator telling the reader about his emotions. Then it switches gears with a poem that addresses the reader and how he might feel angry sometimes. The next page includes a picture of Kevin and how he might look when he’s angry with furrowed eyebrows, a frowning mouth, clenched fists, and stamping feet. Then there are a series of pictures that might or might not make the reader feel angry. The story then moves back to Kevin again, but spoken from a third person point of view. “Kevin feels angry. He’s angry at his cat.” By picking up the flap the reader finds out why he is angry at the cat. The next two pages show Kevin getting angry at Mommy because they need to leave and he wants to keep playing and drawing, followed up by a great solution between Mommy and Kevin. Finally, there is a quick game of matching the angry animals up with the right food.

Other emotions featured are: afraid, sad, and happy, Each time the reader goes through this series of steps and activities that teach him about the emotions he can feel and how to cope with them.

I’ve been a fan of Liesbet Slegers for some time. She has done a wonderful job exploring emotions with this book, and she does it with a character that is already well known to her readers. Great job!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Kevin & Katie
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605371645
ISBN-13: 978-1605371641

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Happy Easter! by Liesbet Slegers

Celebrate spring and Easter traditions in Happy Easter! by Liesbet Slegers.

The colorful artwork and delightful stories of Slegers return in this seasonal offering that is sure to engage young readers. From a hopping Easter Bunny to cheerfully colored eggs, from baby animals to new leaves on the trees, and from baskets to toys, Happy Easter! is as perky as a puppy and just as cute.

Slegers has been one of  my favorite authors/illustrators for a while now. I always enjoy seeing her books in my mailbox. You can’t go wrong with this one if you’re looking for a fun Easter tale.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Hardcover:30 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371146
  • SRP:  $15.95

Kevin’s Christmas by Liesbet Slegers

Toddlers will love sitting down with you to read Kevin’s Christmas by Liesbet Slegers.

It’s Christmas time. Kevin and his family get ready. They put up a tree, set the nativity at the base of their tree, send out greeting cards, and buy food for the Christmas meal. How exciting!

I love Slegers’s books. She really knows how to get in touch with a child’s heart and mind. In this adorable new release in her Kevin and Katie series, young Kevin gets involved in Christmas preparations for the first time. The story speaks to toddlers using words they will be familiar with and has Kevin acting in ways similiar to this age group. Young readers will feel his excitement and joy in sharing this holiday with his family.

The artwork Slegers creates for this one is wonderful. It’s simple, yet uses great colors that will captivate young readers. I also like the multicultural aspect of the book. When Cousin Sally arrives we see she is African American. It’s a subtle message, but one that makes you appreciates family diversity, and can help show kids that differences are great.

This is a sweet story that would make a perfect gift.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1605371041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371047
  • SRP:  $12.95

I received a FREE copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

 

This book completes 2 out of the 4 books I agreed to read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my list visit here.

Bathing and Playing by Liesbet Slegers

Two adorable books by Liesbet Slegers made their way to my home. The first, Bathing, shows the cute little boy getting ready for his bath, washing up, having his hair washed, and playing with his toy boat until it’s time to get dried off. This is an excellent board book to encourage your toddler to make his or her way to the bath and have fun doing it.

The second book, Playing, features the same smiling toddler playing with a variety of toys: his car, his blocks, his ball, his drum, his book, and his wagon, which he uses to stack up all his toys in and wheel them away. This book inspires imagination and encourages the youngest of kids to help clean up.

Both of these books is geared toward toddlers 12 months and up. They were first published in Belugim and Holland, then translated for an American audience.   What I enjoyed about reading these two is that it reminded me of when my girls were younger and simple books such as these could mean so much to them. Both girls grew up on a variety of board books, which helped them appreciate reading early on.

The illustrations in each book are silly and sweet with bright colors. Even though these books are too young for both my daughters, the Lil Princess (7) enjoyed reading them a couple of times. They reminded her how far she has come in her reading.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

BATHING

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370927
  • SRP:  $5.95

PLAYING

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370910
  • SRP:  $5.95