And we’re back for more toddler/kid goodness. Did you miss it? Here are a few more of my favorite books. All Maddie approved, of course.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books, August 1996
Lilly loves school and especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger. He is the coolest of the cool, right down to his tie and Lilly worships him. One day Lilly brings her new purple plastic purse, sunglasses and coins that jingle jangle to school. Alas, the temptation of showing them to everyone (after Mr. Slinger asks her not to) becomes too much for Lilly. Find out what happens when Lilly gets in trouble and how she deals with her feelings.
You will love this book. Every character is fun and unique. You can relate to them all. It is not mind-numbing, as a parent, to read this story. Your kid will love Lilly and you will too. Bonus points for the fact that it discusses how to deal with feelings. And let’s face it, we probably all need to be reminded of how to act from time to time.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe Amistad, March 1987
This was one of my favorite books when I was elementary school. I probably hold the record for “amount of times checked out of the library”. As the title suggests, Mufaro has 2 beautiful daughters named Nyasha and Manyara. The king decides it’s time to get married. Women from all over the country run to be the queen. Mufaro decides that his 2 daughters are the most beautiful in the land and one of them should marry the king. Being the diplomat that he is, Mufaro is not going to make the decision about who is the “fairest in the land”. So he sends both girls to visit the king with the idea to let the king decide. Through a series of events, you find out that true beauty runs deeper than the skin. This book is a fantastic tale of the traits that are truly beautiful in a person. It says for ages 4 and up and is probably a little too advanced for a true toddler. But beautiful nonetheless.
I went to Little Shop of Stories and said these things, “My daughter loves Knuffle Bunny, Pete the Cat and Molly Lou Melon..what do you have in this range?” They suggested this book. And it was worth it. It’s funny, silly and very sweet.
The plot is odd, in a fantastic way. This poor bee wants friends, but of course everyone is scared of him. He’s a big bee. They sting! They buzz! Well one day the bee spots a wig lying on the ground. So what does he do? Puts it on his head, which allows him to be mistaken as a real boy. Where does it go from here? A hilarious story with a sweet message about being yourself.