Friday, April 21, 2017

Children's Book Review: First Stories Fairy Tale Books and a Beauty and the Beast Coloring Book

FIRST STORIES: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Illustrated by: Dan Taylor

Published: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction - Board Book

This interactive board book is the perfect way to introduce your toddler to the hottest story in theaters right now, "Beauty and the Beast".  In a very simplified format of just eight pages, you can share the story of Belle and the Beast. Each page has a moveable activity such as a slider or a turning disc to change the picture on the page.


The cover shows Belle and the Beast.
Then when you pull the slide, the Beast changes to the Prince. 


Without going into much detail and using a rhyming scheme, a child can begin to experience the fairy tales so many children (and adults) love. Aside from the story and the vibrant illustrations, the child can also look for a fox hiding on the pages. In fact, there are so many adorable animals throughout the pages of this story including peacocks, hedgehogs, bunnies, and birds.

These high-quality board books will be a perfect addition to your home library. The interactive features and fully illustrated pages will keep toddlers busy in the car or during appointments.

FIRST STORIES: CINDERELLA

Illustrated by: Dan Taylor

Published: March 14, 2017

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction - Board Book

Cinderella is one of the very first princess stories that girls fall in love with. This series introduces Cinderella's story to the youngest fans by telling a much more simplified story through delightful illustrations and interactive pages.

Cinderella is introduced as the sister that has to cook and clean until her Fairy Godmother shows up and "ping" all her dreams have come true and she can go to the ball. Children will watch Cinderella transform by sliding sections in and out as she climbs into her pumpkin carriage. At the end of the story, they can even help Cinderella try on the glass slipper. There is a sleepy cat hidden in the pages for children to look for as well.

FIRST STORIES: RAPUNZEL

Illustrated by: Dan Taylor

Published: March 14, 2017

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction - Board Book

Rapunzel is probably a lesser-known story from the list of fairy tales, but gained popularity again when Disney remade it into a movie titled, "Tangled". This is a much more simplified version telling Rapunzel's story of being taken from her parents and forced to live in a tower while her hair grew long. When the prince heard her singing, he came to rescue her. Through rhyming scheme, cartoon illustrations and interactive pages, toddlers and young children will find a new fairy tale to love.

The pages of this book offer a hidden mouse to find. This story is a little darker than the other fairy tales as a baby is taken by a witch and then the witch cuts Rapunzel's hair to make the prince fall. But, reminding the child that it is all make-believe will help them understand the silliness of it. With a slider at the end to bring Rapunzel and the Prince together, your child will get to be a part of  the happy ending.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A Coloring Book

Published: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Beauty and the Beast fan of all ages must get this beautifully illustrated coloring book. The pages offer full-page illustrations of scenes from the story as well as quotations. Using quotes from the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Bardot de Villeneuve like "Beauty insisted on setting out for the fine palace.." and "My heart is good, but I am still a monster."  will thrill fans of the book and movie. 

If you like coloring flowers, birds, or victorian themes then this book is for you. The pages are a heavy cardstock, but a lot of the designs continue on both pages so you probably wouldn't want to tear them out and frame them. 





This coloring book is a way to share your love of the story with your child, coloring the pages together or as a reminder for yourself. Spend quiet evenings coloring in the detail of the flowers, or Belle's dress, or the Beast's castle. The end of the book shares the history of the story as well as the authors and illustrator. It's a treat for every fan of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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1 comment:

Laura Fabiani said...

When very young my kids used to like books that had pull, push and slide features.