Category Archives: Book Review

Books that we have read and reviewed

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle’s – The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must read for young readers.

It is an excellent book which addresses the life cycle of a butterfly. From a egg , it hatches into a tiny caterpillar and starts eating till it becomes a very fat and big caterpillar. After it has ate it’s full it weaves a cocoon around it and hibernates before emerging as a colourful butterfly.

It teaching the Science concept of a butterfly’s life cycle and is an introduction to the topic of animal life-cycle.

Egg—> Larvae —-> Cocoon —-> Adult Butterfly

The book also address the concept of counting and healthy/unhealthy foods.The caterpillar feasts on unhealthy snacks such as chocolate cake, ice-cream, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, some cherry pie,a sausage, a cupcake and one slice of watermelon. As result of his feasting he had a stomach. Parents can focus on the need to eat healthy and in moderation to kids as a subtopic from reading this book.

Counting and days of the weeks is also addressed in this book through in the section

“ On Monday, he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.”

“On Tuesday, he ate through two pears . But he was still hungry.”

“On Wednesday, he ate through three plums. But he will still hungry”

Kids can stick their fingers through the holes in the fruits on each page while the caterpillar devours the different fruits each day and count along. By encouraging the kids to count they will slowly be able to associate the spoken number with the quantity.

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Wear Clean Underwear- Alexis Martin Neely

Wear Clean Underwear by Alexis Martin Neely is a MUST BUY for parents.
I was privileged to be able to review this book before it was launched and must say that the contents really blew me away. It got me thinking of how fragile life is and the need for parents to set down clear instructions on how their kids welfare will be taken care of if *touchwood* they came to an untimely demise.

Alexis gives three case studies in her book. Each case study comes with an alternative ending based on whether the parent has/hasn’t taken the appropriate planning with it’s legal implications.

She mentions the need to plan for

  • Alternative Short term/Long Term caregivers for your children
  • Distribution of your estate/monies & personal belongings
  • Allowing members of your family to access your medical files in case of emergencies
  • having a log about what you intend to do for your children in the future.

After reading her book I realized that I haven’t really considered the points that Alexis had highlighted and how important it is for me to get it done soon.

To know more grab the book when it hits the stands in May.