We are no stranger to books in this house and Mia absolutely loves reading with us especially now she is at school and has now started to read herself! It is amazing to see how, in such a short space of time, she can now read her school reading books and often picks up her own smaller books at home to read. The look on her face when she reads a page is amazing! We tend to do bedtime reading so we are often sent books to review and this month is no exception!
The first book is ‘Try and Say Abracadabra!’ written by Maria Loretta Giraldo and illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle. It’s a lovely story about a little owl that is learning to fly. All the other animals try and encourage him to fly by saying ‘Abracadabra’ and eventually he manages to say it and off he goes! It’s a great story about even if you don’t succeed the first time, to try and try again and eventually you will do it! This backs up what we are always saying to Mia about practice makes perfect as she too easily says she can’t do something without even trying!
The book itself is the perfect length for bedtime reading and Mia really loved the owl and his friends. She felt really sorry for him not knowing how to fly but was really happy when he kept trying and eventually did it! The illustrations are lovely, with very soft colours and textures used.
The second book we were sent is a book which is actually released today is brand spanking new! It’s called ‘Chill With Lil’ and has been written by Sue Pickford. The book aims to be a sleeping aid for children and a great way to create a calm and serene atmosphere for bed using mindfulness techniques. It’s a story about Jake who just does not want to go to bed, mum tries everything and in the end Auntie Lil pops round and takes Jake on a mindfulness journey which ends in him in bed snuggled up ready to sleep!
Mia really enjoyed this book and although I didn’t get Mia to carry out the relaxation techniques on the first read through we have since tried them out and it definitely creates a lovely calm bedtime atmosphere when you need it! It uses breathing techniques and guided visualisation to prepare your child for a more peaceful bedtime routine.
I have not used mindfulness techniques with Mia before and haven’t really ever had to as she has always been good at bedtime however with it being the middle of the Easter holidays, bedtimes do go out of the window and become slightly later so it has been great to have 2 new books to keep Mia focused on, especially one that is specifically to relax and calm at night time!
Disclaimer: we were sent both books in order to write this however all views and opinions are honest and our own
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