On good days and bad days
and all those in-between days…
you have my heart.
Whether its a sunshine-inside-of-me day, a tears-tumbling-down day or an en-between day, the voice of this books tells ‘you’, the reader/listener, that you always have ‘my heart’. The simple but whimsical text is an attestation of love between reader and listener, between parent and child, or between giver and receiver, being a book perfect both for quiet-time reading with a young child and for gift giving to another adult.
The illustrations too are deceptively simple, using ink and watercolour with greys and reddy-pinks to depict a child of indeterminate age demonstrating the range of emotions with the help of a single red balloon which, at the end, becomes heart-shaped.
This gorgeous small format hardcover is sheer delight.
You Have My Heart, by Corinne Fenton & Robin Cowcher
Five Mile Press, 2016
Whether to keep track of homework and important dates, or as a confidant, a diary can be a treasured possession. The Alice-Miranda Diary is a lovely offering that could be used for either purpose and will especially appeal to fans of the Alice-Miranda series.
The diary has a beautiful candy pink hard cover, with a ribbon place holder to help the diarist keep her place, as well as lots of extras, including pages for photos, addresses and birthdays, and Alice-Miranda inspired quizzes, games and even recipes.
For readers who love Alice-Miranda there is much here to please, including quotes from the books, and for those who have not read the series, the diary may prove an inspiration to do so.
A lovely gift idea.
Alice-Miranda Diary 2014
Random House, 2013
Available from good bookstores or <a href=”http://www.fishpond.com.au/product_info.php?ref=271&id=9780857980526&affiliate_banner_id=1″ target=”_blank”>online.</a>
This laugh out loud little offering shows how one mum – who is, in a way, a part of every mum – lies sleepless through the night before Mother’s Day, enumerating the ‘delights’ the day will hold.
‘Twas the Night
before Mother’s Day,
Mum lay awake,
The sense of excitement
Was too much to take.
She knew that tomorrow
Would bring her such joys
As gifts from her daughter
And two darling boys.
This laugh out loud little offering shows how one mum – who is, in a way, a part of every mum – lies sleepless through the night before Mother’s Day, enumerating the ‘delights’ the day will hold. First there will be home made gifts and flowers pulled (with roots intact) from the garden. Then there will be breakfast, made with love, but not easily digested. As Mum tosses and turns she frets about these and the other joys the day ahead holds – before thinking, finally, of her own mum who will understand, having been there herself.
In small format hardcover, with cartoon illustrations, mothers will nod in agreement with the humour of the book, making it an ideal Mother’s Day gift, especially from one mother to another. Of course, in spite of the illustrated format this one is aimed at adults rather than children – with little ones unlikely to appreciate the wry humour, although older children and teens may well get it and join in the laughter.
As for this mother – she loved it!
The Night Before Mother’s Day, by Doug MacLeod & Judy Horacek
Allen & Unwin, 2012
This book is available from good bookstores, or online from Fishpond.