Hesson: Children’s book reviews

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The Imperfect Garden

By Melissa Assaly, Illustrations by April Milne

(Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

When Jay and his mom harvest their vegetables and fruit, they notice some have strange-looking lumps and bumps and twirls. However, Jay soon discovers that once they have been cooked, they are delicious. Next time they return to the store, Jay doesn’t want the boring vegetables, he wants the funny ones, knowing they will taste just as good. A wonderful, colourful book about sustainability and resourcefulness. With tips on how to garden with children, this brightly illustrated book will be appreciated by gardeners young and old.

Bruno the Beekeeper

A Honey Primer

By Aneta Frantiska Holasova, Translated By Andrew Lass

(Candlewick Press)

This introduction to beekeeping follows a gentle honey-coloured bear through the seasons, blending storytelling with facts, as he sets up his equipment, explains bee behaviour and anatomy, and harvests his honey. Complete with detailed watercolour illustrations, this guide is packed with important information and is perfect for readers aged seven to adult, who wish to start a new hobby or are just curious about the honey-making process.

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Happy Dreams, Little Bunny

By Leah Hong

(Little, Brown and Company)

At bedtime, when Bunny has so many thoughts running through her head she can’t sleep, her mom suggests turning them into dreams. With her stuffed elephant by her side, she takes adventures near and far, on wings, in oceans and skies, from space to earth, to climbing into the pages of her favourite book. With delicate soft illustrations, young readers will ride with Bunny until sleep brings them home. A beautiful book to share and talk with wee ones about their questions and dreams.

This Is…(series)

By Harriet Evans, Libby Walden and Illustrated by Jacqui Lee

(Penguin Random House Canada)

This is Crab; This is Frog; This is Owl; are three titles in this delightful interactive series for children aged three to six. As each character is introduced, readers are asked to help move them along by tapping, clapping, tipping and more. The use of odd-shaped pages provides children with even more fun chances to participate in their journeys. Cute brightly coloured illustrations bring the stories to life. Young and older readers will love sharing and reading this book over and over.

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