Bookshelf Picture Books

The Marvellous Moon Map

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One day, Mouse decides to set off to find the moon. Bear offered to come too, but Mouse is determined; armed solely with his moon map, he will make the journey alone. He sets off bravely but as the woods get darker and the wind whips up, who should emerge from the trees, but Bear. Once again, Mouse refuses help, although now admitting he can’t see the map. Bear is patient, kind and reassuring and together they face each hurdle to the end of their adventure.

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Full of comfort and reassurance, ‘The Marvellous Moon Map’ is a beautiful story of true friendship. Determined to prove himself, Mouse is keen to be independent; Bear wants to support him and is concerned, showing all the best qualities of a friend. He doesn’t say ‘I told you so’ or tell Mouse that he knows better-he is just there to support and encourage.

I’ve got you and you’ve got me- so we’ll be all right.

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Mouse discovers the importance of having someone to rely on, but also the joy of going on an adventure. Teresa Heapy’s text is beautifully lyrical and the repetitive phrases perfect for joining in with. Each spread is brilliantly brought to life by David Litchfield’s wonderful illustrations and there are instructions for how to make a paper boat at the end. This is sure to become a bedtime favourite!

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‘The Marvellous Moon Map’ would also be wonderful to use in the classroom, offering many opportunities for storytelling, creating fantasy maps, talking about overcoming fears and real friendship. Beautiful!

The Marvellous Moon Map Teresa Heapy, illustrated by David Litchfield

Red Fox ISBN: 978-1782956662

My Museum

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Max is off to the Museum to look at all the artwork. Whilst other visitors puzzle over a picture, he is busy appreciating the wonders of the world around him.

This wordless book is a complete joy! Max strolls through the museum, completely unfazed by the works of art surrounding him. Why look at a Monet when he can enjoy the world through the window? A mobile by Alexander Calder hangs over his head as her creates a pattern on glass. Tattoos, snail trail patterns, shadows- Max finds art everywhere he looks and his joy in exploring and creating is infectious!

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A wonderful and original way of engaging children with art, ‘My Museum’ is full of works by famous people that could be introduced along the way. Max’s activities could inspire so much creativity and exploration using a whole range of materials and tools and lots of conversations about what art really is about and why some pictures end up in museums and galleries and others do not.

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The lack of text allows for story building and exploring Max’s thoughts as he makes his way around the museum! Perfect for home or school, this is such a lovely book, beautifully illustrated and very satisfying!

My Museum Joanne Liu

Prestel ISBN: 978-3791373195

Many thanks to my lovely husband who bought this for me when visiting on of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. He’s very good to me!

The Kiss

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When Grandma left Edwyn’s house, he blew her a kiss which she caught and put in her pocket. This kiss makes Grandma happy and she spreads this joy by sharing with others as she makes her way home. The more she shares, the bigger and heavier the kiss gets. When a wealthy man with a false smile hears about the kiss, he is determined to buy it and will go to any lengths to get it. However, he soon learns that kisses need more than a cage to flourish.

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Showing affection and sharing joy are so important and so easy to do! This delightful story shows how one affectionate gesture can make someone so happy that this becomes infectious and their happiness is passed on to everyone they meet. Grandma cheers up the people at the bus stop and the mother in the park because the warmth of Edwyn’s kiss and love have made her happy.

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When the kiss is stolen, caged and hidden, it starts to fade because such joy should be shared, not selfishly locked away. The story is perfect for sharing, discussing and enjoying!

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The illustrations are lovely! The kisses and hugs are personified beautifully, showing real character and add touches of glowing colour. Jessica Courtney-Tickle has really caught the look of joy on each face as the happiness spreads from person to person.

A lovely story which is perfect for sharing!

The Kiss

Linda Sutherland, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Little Tiger ISBN: 978-1788811026