I always find something entirely magical about Renee’s books. Both her text and her illustrations are equally charming and so beautifully suited to little readers.
As a child I knew what it was to be afraid of the dark. I did eventually grow out of it (well except for when my daughter tricked me into watching The Sixth Sense because of my Bruce Willis passion) but for many small people those mysterious sounds and shadows of the night can pose a real anxiety.
Little Platypup is one of those youngsters. The weird sounds of the bush outside the burrow are so worrisome and it’s easy to let the imagination run away. But Mother Platypus is both wise and patient and knows exactly how to reassure a little puggle. Those sounds outside at night are merely the same ones heard through the daytime – it’s just that at night when all is quieter they seem so much more mysterious and queer.
For little humans who are still nervous of night time this is a perfect book to share – and talk about of course. We can’t always address our children’s worries through books but sometimes they are the perfect solution or entrée into assuaging the troubles they face.
Highly recommended for little people from toddlers upwards.
Allen & Unwin Australia
There is a little person here who has had a great deal of anxiety about storms, since a very severe one a couple of months particularly. This fear has been diminishing with some careful support but this wonderful book could not have been timelier or better received during the shared reading tonight.
Bear is ready for bed but the storm is breaking – the rain is pounding on the windows, the wind is howling, the trees are making cracking sounds and Bear tells his toy bunny Floppy “Don’t worry [..] I’ll hold you tight. I’ll keep you warm. My love will keep you safe from the storm.”
As soon as I read that line, Miss Small looked at me with a loving smile – because she is realising the enormity of that statement.
But Bear and Floppy aren’t quite convinced and soon Mama and Papa come into to seek solace with Bear *wink*…….looking to keep each other safe and warm through the storm. And they do!
Beautiful simple text accompanied by boldly coloured illustrations. I can see this will be a much read book over the next few months.
A perfect picture book to allay those fears about noisy thunderstorms – and here in Queensland, it is of course, storm season so a great book to add into the first term’s reading for Preps and Year 1s.
Salina Yoon “Finding comfort with family…..calming the storm” has written and illustrated over 100 books for children, including award winners and having shared this book, it is easy to see why!
Highly recommended for little ones from around 3 and up to probably around 7/8 particularly.