These are two just wonderful new series for preschoolers!
One of the most frequent questions preschoolers ask – ‘But Why?” and the answers are here (for some of them) in the SmartyCat series. this is glorious. Wonderfully written text explaining what is happening and lusciously illustrated full colour pictures – and all in an easy format for the young hands to hold. And at the end of each of the SmartyCat books there is a joke and an activity related to the topic of the book. These little books are educational, fun and wonderfully created.
SmartyCat: Frogs Louise Park & Jeannette Rowe (ABC Books)
And the question from SmartyCat for this book is: Where do frogs come from? and the answer is provided by Buddy beaver one of SmartyCat’s friends from SmartyTown. There is a simple explanation for preschoolers of the lifecycle of a frog. And that final page activity – making Frog in a pond.
SmartyCat: Butterflies Louise Park & Jeannette Rowe (ABC Books) And the question from SmartyCat for this book is: Where do butterflies come from? and the answer is provided by Mooey the cow. There is a simple explanation for preschoolers of the lifecycle of a butterfly. And that final page activity – making a clothes peg butterfly.
With slightly more text comes the Little Mates series – a series of 26 small books, again perfect for little hands, that introduces the alphabet. Each title is also themed with a question asked of the reader at the end (Are you amazing too? Are you Bouncy too?) that will stimulate further chatting. The text is filled with alliteration and the illustrations are lovely.
Little Mates: Amazing Amelia Susannah McFarlane & Lachlan Creagh (Scholastic) Amelia is the most athletic ant on the ant hill but when she has an accident it is up to all her ant friends to give her a helping hand.
Little Mates: Bouncy Ben Susannah McFarlane & Lachlan Creagh (Scholastic) Ben is the best bouncer in the bush but one day he bounces a little too high and gets stuck in a bush so it is up to his friends to set him free.