Padmini is Powerful

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Padmini is Powerful by Amy Maranville and art by Tim Palin (Bharat Babies, 2015) is a board book that gives an introduction into Hindu gods.  This book is absolutely darling in every way, not to mention educational and a wonderful conversation starter.  Padmini is a little girl who you will fall in love with immediately; from her smart red glasses to her little expressions.

This book is a perfect primer for Hindu gods, the bright cheery illustrations by Tim Palin keep the smallest of petites interested in the bright colors.

Padmini is Powerful

My daughter was so excited to see this book, this was her first introduction into Hindu gods and she asked such amazing questions about the gods and what they were like and what they did.

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It was incredible to me that a three-year old would interact with a board book in this way.  We talked about the words that are showcased: powerful, wise, creative, energy, generous & kind, focus, creates and protects.

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At this point in our book talk my almost seven-year old sat down and they started talking about how they are powerful and wise and creative.  I adore that this book created such thoughtful conversations between the girls.

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Another component to this book that made both girls squeal is the mirror in the back of the book, they both thought it was so much fun to see their faces.

This book is so important for so many reasons, getting board books into the hands of petites as their first introduction to reading and books is so critical to raising readers.  I love that this book promotes a strong female character in Padmini and teaches about the Hindu gods.  I have seen picture books that have a focus on Hinduism, but I have never seen a board book before in this category and I am thrilled to be able to share this amazing book with you.

A huge thank you to Bharat Babies for the images.  Also, when you go to their website and sign-up you will get $5 off of your first purchase!

Blogger note: I was given this book by Bharat Babies in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts about Padmini is Powerful are my own.

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Juna’s Jar

CoverJuna’s Jar by Jane Bahk with art by Felicia Hoshino copyright LEE & LOW Books January 2015.  Let me tell you why this book would be the perfect addition to your petites shelf.  First of all the illustrations are delightful, the story is so real and touching.  It is about a young girl named Juna, her family has a large jar of kimchi in their fridge and when the kimchi is all gone she sometimes get to keep the jar.  Do you know any petites who would like to keep a jar like this?  I certainly do.

Juna is also a girl who loves adventures especially ones with her best friend Hector.  They are perfect together looking at books and collecting things to put into the jar.  Sadly, one day Juna goes to get Hector for another adventure and learns that he has moved from his grandmother’s house to a new house far away.

Juna is devastated that she didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye.  Her older brother, Minho, tries to cheer her up by buying her a fish to put into her special jar.  What is so unique and special is that this book has so perfectly captured what it is to be in a petites world to feel that unfairness and disappointment.  But more so in the beauty that is a child’s  imagination and dreams.

As Juna goes on these magical adventures inspired by whatever is in her special jar, she searches in her dreams for her dear friend Hector.  One night she is able to check in on Hector and realizes that he is happy and that he too has a special jar.  The story ends just as you hoped it would with Juna wishing of what to put into her jar when she unexpectedly meets a new friend and we can only assume the adventures continue.

Something that makes Juna’s Jar stand out from other books is that it is so relatable to so many families.  Many children live in apartments and many live with extended family of some sort this book honors that.  Another aspect that I believe is so crucial is that nature can be found anywhere – even in an urban setting.  This book also honors the fact that to have a wonderful time you don’t need a lot of “stuff”, you can be outside and explore your surroundings all you need is a pal and a jar.  This book is relatable to so many petites.  I truly believe that this book should be in all school libraries, because every petite deserves to have the opportunity to relate to the books that are available to read in their school libraries.  #WeNeedDiverseBooks

The one thing you will most likely need to do is find a jar because as soon as you read this story your petites will want to embark on their own adventures.

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

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I know some parts of the country are still building snowmen and the idea that spring is just around the corner couldn’t come soon enough.  Well here in Seattle, we’ve been enjoying oddly warm weather.  Which makes dreaming about planting that amazing garden a reality.  My girls love gardening and digging in the dirt, and when we happened upon Old Manhattan Has Some Farms at the library a few days ago we couldn’t wait to get home and start talking about our garden.  Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Kate Endle is a book that is wonderful for so many different reasons.  The book is based on ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ which makes it incredibly fun to sing with your petites.  It is educational – this book will teach your child about different kinds of gardens and how a garden can be grown anywhere.  Giving them new vocabulary words that are so important for language development.

 

This book has illustrations that highlight the diversity of the people who live in the different cities featured – we love a book with an illustrator that is able to capture diversity.  We need more diversity in our books, especially our books for young children, so hooray for Kate Endle.  Another reason this book is so special is it focuses on many different cities and the types of gardens one might find there; I am always a fan when one of my favorite places is mentioned in a book, even better if you happen to live there.

 

The citites featured are Manhattan, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, White House (DC).  The message is that anyone anywhere can grow a garden no matter how big or small.  This book is so much fun and the illustrations along with the singing make this a fantastic book for petite gardeners.