Peanut Butter Press is a Manitoba-based publisher of children’s books and I am pleased to have the chance to write these four reviews. The books provided to me for this review are just a sample of the variety offered through Peanut Butter Press. Please take a moment to check out their website to see all of their titles.
To set the scene, my daughter and I played “Library” and “School” while we read these books. My daughter loves reading and was a fan of all four books. She also informed me that her stuffed turtle, teddy bear and seal liked the books as well. So, they appeal to children and their stuffed animal friends alike!
Itty Bitty Bits was written by Anita Daher and illustrated by Wendy Bailey. It tells the story of Molly, who wants to invite her friend Yen for a sleepover, but according to her mother, she can’t have a sleepover until her room is clean. She tries to enlist the help of her family members, before learning an important lesson from an ant – any job can be done if you do it “itty bitty bit by itty bitty bit.” After we read this story, Mary went around cleaning her playroom “itty bitty bit by itty bitty bit”, so it was a double-win in this house. Now how young is too young to start her on doing laundry?
Who Wants This Puppy? was written by Pat Ternovetsky and illustrated by Zane Belton, who was only seven years old when he did the drawings. This story is from Max’s point of view as he transitions from living on the farm with his mother and siblings, to becoming a Christmas present for a family that doesn’t take good care of him and abandons him at a shelter. Finally, Max is adopted by a family that understands the responsibility involved in having a dog and how important it is for pets to be treated well and given lots of attention. This story should be read by anyone considering getting a dog. Seeing the situation through the dog’s eyes was heartbreaking at times, but satisfying when Max found the right home for him. Mary loved playing the “Spot the Paw Print” game!
Freddie’s Problem was written by Resa Ostrove and illustrated by Jason Doll. It tells the tale of an impulsive frog who ate too many flies and suffered for it. Freddie visits friend after friend trying to get advice on how to deal with his gas problem. I liked the variety of text and illustration placement in this one and the bright and funny pictures that inspired other lively frog and animal stories from Mary when it was her turn to “read” the book.
That’s What Bears Are For was written by Marilyn Helmer and illustrated by Sonia Nadeau. In this story, Jenny and her mother find Bear in the attic. Unfortunately for Bear, a very affectionate creature, Jenny’s mother decided to place Bear on the shelf with Jenny’s other “special toys” – things that are fragile and shouldn’t be played with. The other toys on the shelf, like a doll from Spain, are happy to be out of reach, but Bear works doggedly to get to Jenny for hugs and cuddles. Because that’s what Bears are for! Mary was thrilled with the fact that Jenny in the story “looked like her.”
These books, each illustrated beautifully, would be a fun addition to any family library and I encourage you to check out Peanut Butter Press to order your own copies or to view the other books available.
Have any of you read any of these titles before? Which children’s book is your all-time favourite?
Disclaimer: I have been compensated with products for writing this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Peanut Butter Press Children Books Giveaway
Enter to Win these 4 children books from Peanut Butter Press Books (value $50):
- Freddie’s Problem
- Who Wants This Puppy?
- Itty Bitty Bits
- That’s What Bears Are For
Giveaway ends on Monday August 11th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.
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