With Hannah about to turn 3, I thought I should share with you the three books she is getting for her birthday. I See A Leopard by Elaine Macdonald is first on the list.
I See a Leopard
This book tells the tale of a leopard who goes swimming in order to visit his friend Catfish. When Catfish serves up her favourite dish of wiggly worms, Leopard is distressed to discover that they keep slipping away and are not at all easy to eat. Wanting to make things easier for their friends, Hippo and Frog come up with a better way to serve the worms. Soon Leopard and Catfish are enjoying a meal together, proving that, with a little ingenuity and a lot of goodwill, even the strangest group of friends can solve a slippery problem.
From the very first page, Hannah is sure to enjoy this book. Leopard is going for a swim, one of Hannah’s favourite things to do. Wonderfully illustrated by Vanessa Mearns, this is a delightful story of friends working together.
It Will Be OK
With his friend beside him, Giraffe felt BRAVE. Giraffe is hiding in a tree. Why? He saw a spider. Zebra tries to tell Giraffe that he is so much bigger than the spider! But Giraffe feels scared, a little embarrassed, and refuses to come down. So Zebra does what good friends do – patiently stands by and waits. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our loves ones is listen and be present for as long as they need us. Because eventually, it will be OK!
Hannah often says she is scared, and it is our job to listen. But now she has decided she is big and strong! Maybe there was a zebra in her life? Lovingly written by Lisa Katzenberger with cute drawings from Jaclyn Sinquett any child will love this book.
The Great Adventure
Otter, Mongoose and Squirrel never go anywhere. One sunrise, they wake to the excited chatter of birds returning from their yearly journey to the north. This inspires the three friends to go on a trip of their own. Because they can’t ﬂy, they build a boat and set off across the water, but things don’t work out quite as they planned. Although their great adventure turns out to be short-lived, they all agree that, in the end, it was worth it.
Samantha van Riet is responsible for both the words and drawings of this sweet story. Here is hoping Hannah does not ask Grandpa to build her a boat!