TEN BUSY BROWNIES
By: Talia Haven
Illustrated By: Sytiva Sheehan
Published: November 6, 2013
Talia Haven has gathered ideas from the fairy tale books of my childhood and created a children's book that teaches counting in a unique way. Through TEN BUSY BROWNIES, we get to see what happens (or as a mom, what I wish would happen) while we sleep at night. Each page shows a brownie (think elf or pixie) or two or three brownies, all the way to 10, helping to pick up the house. For example, "Two Busy Brownies pick-up clothes and toys." All these chores are done while the family in the house is sleeping. The story shows kids the importance of working together to get jobs done.
If you notice the cover, the illustrations remind me of books from my childhood like Mother Goose or Grimm Fairy Tales. They are richly detailed and each page has numerous things to point on to your child while reading. For example, you can help your children count the brooms or find the cute mouse peeking out on the page. The rhyming of the verses also brings a educational feature to the book.
This book is perfect for younger children. TEN BUSY BROWNIES goes beyond reading and teaches numbers, rhyming, and the fun of working together to get the job done.
For more on Talia Haven, check out her website, http://www.taliahaven.com/.
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