Both of my girls love to read, but my youngest, four years old, insists that there be daily reading in our home so we are always looking for fun new stories to enjoy together.
She was very excited when we received the books by Gordon in the mail. My oldest, seven years old, chose the book Dreams to read together first, and the three of us curled up on the couch together while I read.
The book is based on the true story of a business trip on which author Gordon R. Perry allowed his son to accompany him. We were carried through the journey through simple rhymes and brightly illustrated pages and at the end discovered a message for parents. My girls love the pictures in this book. They were particularly interested in the landscape images that show the father and son duo travelling, as many of the scenes included faces and characters on inanimate objects like the rock face of a mountain or the side of a building.
Next it was my little one’s turn to choose. She selected The Funny Farm, a silly story described on the back cover as “reminiscent of the entertaining cautionary tales by Hillaire Blaire” and it is the winner of Best Book – Children’s Interest Category, Fall 2013 Pinnacle Award. As we read the book we laughed at the animal characters, each one having a charactaristic that would normally be attributed to a different animal. It turns out the animals were really naughty boys and girls sent to the funny farm for misbehaving!
By this point the girls were excited to see what strange and silly surprises awaited them in the next book, The Frog and the Prince. I let my seven year old have a turn at reading. All of the text in the books by Gordon are written in a large, clear black font on white pages, perfect for early readers. This one is written in iambic pentameter, making the rhyming patterns easy for both of my kids to recognize.
The story is a twist on an old classic. In The Frog and the Prince, a wandering prince is kissed by a frog and turns into a toad. Once again Gordon’s silly verse and the beautifully illustrated pages entertained my girls through to the end. This one was my favourite of the four, and I can see why it received the “Best Book” – Children’s Interest Category, Spring 2013 Pinnacle Award.
Last, we read The Dog & the Hen. This story ended up being my four year old’s top pick, and is the one she requests to reread most often. It’s the tale of a sad, lonely dog with no friends who finds an unlikely companion in a kind hen. From the mouth of my four year old: “I love the one where the dog is playing with the chicken. They love each other. (picks up the book) This one. The silly one.”
These books would make a beautiful gift for girls and boys between the ages of three and eight years old.
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