Tag Archives: Heroes

I’m a Hero Too – Jamila Rizvi/Peter Cheong

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Penguin Australia

October 2020

  • ISBN: 9781761040115
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • RRP: $19.99

While it goes without saying that all of us have had some difficulties, at the very least, in adjusting to the strange and sometimes scary year that we’ve had it is perhaps most hard for little folks who can often struggle to understand the reasons for some changes.

This is the perfect book to engage with your littlest peeps to discuss and explain the impact of Covid. Arty is your regular kid who loves playing with his friends whether at kinder or the playground, visiting Granny for cooking and cuddles and just doing the everyday things with his family. The virus swept so much of that away that it can be hard to adapt for these little humans but Arty knows that he can be a hero just like his mum, who is a scientist working hard on the vaccine development.

How can our small people be heroes too? They can be just like Arty – remembering all the important things like washing hands carefully, sneezing into an elbow, not drinking from the bubblers and keeping fingers away from eyes and mouths.

This is a book for now and I would suggest, as the school year draws to its close around Australia, for your first week back at school in 2021. While we are all, as one, hopeful that the Covid situation will improve as the vaccines begin to roll out and science gains an ever-growing more accurate analysis of its nature it will still be vitally important for little people (as well as big ones!) to be mindful of these now established hygiene practices.

If this isn’t already in your collection make sure you have it ready for the children at the very beginning of Term 1. It is simply but effectively told with engaging illustrations and will empower your little peeps to be everyday heroes for each other.

Highly recommended for kiddos from around 3 years upwards.

Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls

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Harper Collins Australia

October 2019

  • ISBN: 9781474966429
  • ISBN 10: 147496642X
  • Imprint: Usborne – GB
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD

Just because I took some time to get this one does not in any way indicate a less than worthy addition to your shelves. As readers of this blog would be aware I’m a huge supporter of ‘Mighty Girl’ books and this is certainly one of those.

With a foreword from Kate Pankhurst (descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst) one would expect nothing less than a collection of stories which celebrate “adventurous, intelligent and daring” girls.

Eight stories which are neglected traditional fairy tales which all put girls squarely into the hero’s role including: Snow White and Rose Red, The Wise Princess, The Sleeping Prince and Fearless Fiona and the Spellbound Knight.

It is of course as an Usborne book beautifully presented with striking illustrations and embellishments throughout and would make a delicious gift for a young girl of your acquaintance.

If you are building up your collection of inspiring books for girls – or perhaps books to share with both genders to illustrate that heroes come in all variations –  this is a wonderful addition to your shelves.

Highly recommended for readers from around 7 years upwards.