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Always and Forever
Always and Forever
by Alan Durant
Edition: Hardcover

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story to share with all ages, 20 Mar 2004
This review is from: Always and Forever (Hardcover)
¡Otter, Mole, Fox and Hare lived together in a house in the woods.¡ In their family, Fox always played a wise role. As far as the others of this family were concerned, Fox was the father of the house. But one day, Fox died in the woods. His family was very sad, they felt totally lost without Fox. The worst thing was that they didn't want to do anything except think about their sorrow. But then Squirrel came to visit them and reminded them of the funny things Fox had done, and finally they all understood that Fox will always be in their hearts and memories and all of the memories will last forever.
Charming and exquisite pictures will make you feel deeply impressed with this book. Most drawings appear in double-page spreads, they are detailed and transmit the deeply emotional aura of this story. Since I have bought this book, I can hardly put it down. This is the first time¡FI feel a strong impulse to learn how to illustrate children's picture books.
Fluent text and a moving story make this book my favorite of any I have read recently. At the beginning the author uses metaphor, which is extremely appropriate to symbolize that Fox will die soon. Nevertheless, in this work the most striking sentence is the words that Squirrel said ¡But life has to go on.¡ Especially the way she remembered some of the amusing things Fox had done in the past to comfort and encourage her friends. Although the theme of this story is somewhat sad, children can learn to come to terms with bereavement and face the loss of close relatives in human life. It is a good way for children to realize that no matter how sad they are, life has to go on after all.
This is a thoughtful as well as a very heartwarming story, which all children should enjoy. Well worth treasuring and reading.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola)
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola)
by Lauren Child
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing sense of humor, 13 Mar 2004
This story depicts a fastidious sister and her witty brother. Lola is Charlie's little sister; she is always fussy about her food. It is hard for Charlie to give Lola her dinner, because she can always find some ludicrous or comical reason to refuse to eat anything she dislikes. One day, Charlie played a trick on Lola. Charlie with his excellent eloquence persuaded Lola to eat some of the food that she would not normally ever taste.
Vivid similes and evidence of a vast imagination is found in this amusing book. This is helpful for young children to cultivate their creative thinking.Generally speaking, the text is delightful. You can try to read aloud slowly the words for things that Lola hates to eat, in order to enhance the fun by the way you read them. Through the conversations between Charlie and Lola, we can see Charlie's trickery is successful.
Vibrant illustrations are a perfect match for this funny story. Different forms of typographical characters and the winding layout of sentences aptly reflect the character of Lola and Charlie. However, when I read this book the first time, I was really surprised at the illustrations, because some of them are drawings and some of them are photographs. Although sometimes the drawings and photographs are a little bit quirky, they are well suited to the text.
This book is suitable both for children and for adults who have to deal with fussy eaters for whom the book gives ideas to imitate, in a way that will make them laugh!

The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks)
The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks)
by Giles Andreae
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is actually all around, 28 Feb 2004
This book is about a lion named Leo who didn't fit in with his pride, because he just wanted to look for love and make friends with other animals in the jungle. After he was forced to leave the pride of lions, Leo did his best to help every kind of animal in the jungle, but never asked for a thing. Eventually, he became the king of animals in a different way.
The lovely colorful cover of this book will catch your eye in the bookshop. The illustrations are animated and charming as if you were in tropical Africa. From the illustrations page by page, Leo's enthusiasm and kindness are obviously an important part of the whole story. And the most brilliant drawing is the one in which Leo's friends arrive at the bank and link themselves up tail to paw to rescue him. How smart this is!
However, in this book the thing which really moves me is the moral of the story. By means of the plot, Leo's unique way of thinking and his brave deeds deserve much praise. Although he didn't identify with his pride at first, he still knew what he really wanted. Most of the time we are taught that we are supposed to do something in a particular way. If you can't get your own convictions accepted, you will follow common concepts to live your life. Nevertheless, the ending of this book offers us a distinct way of thinking, showing us we can be what we want to be, and understand the most valuable gift in the world is love. As long as we can open our minds to accept the world, we will find much love, and we can make any dreams come true, even if they are achieved in a more difficult way.
This excellent book is worth reading as a bed-time story.

Eat Your Peas (Daisy Books)
Eat Your Peas (Daisy Books)
by Kes Gray
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and effective¡I, 23 Jan 2004
If you are looking for a book full of witty conversation and exaggerated imagination for your children,"Eat Your Peas"is the best choice.
Basically, situations similar to those in this book can be found in every family, but the author and illustrator make them very appealing. If we follow the story page by page, we can see Daisy's mother getting upset and disconcerted. In order to persuade Daisy to eat her peas, her mother abandons her principles as much as she can. She even offers her a variety of bribes to make her change her mind. Unfortunately, Daisy always refuses to comply. As far as the text is concerned, it is not easy for a little girl to eat something which she really dislikes. I believe that most children if they are bribed, will give up their original ideas and accept the bribe, but Daisy doesn't do that. She has a very strong character and gives a good example for children. In addition to the author's humorous writing, the illustrator's vivid drawings deserve appreciation as well. Without these dazzling and colorful illustrations, this book wouldn't be so impressive.
Therefore, I strongly recommend this book to every young reader. It is worth owning this book to remind one of a pleasant reading experience.

Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (Anne Schwartz Books)
Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (Anne Schwartz Books)
by Deborah Hopkinson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely and heart-warming book this is!, 9 Jan 2004
This is a story about how Fannie Farmer came to write down recipes with precise measurements and the friendship between Fannie and Marcia who is her employer¡s daughter.
When I read this book the first time, I was fascinated by the illustrations; they are extremely elegant and amusing. For example, the reflections of Marcia¡s changing moods in the oil-lamp globes and glassware on the table are very striking. One gimmick that the illustrator uses is to write up Fannie¡s cookery hints like pictures on the wall. How brilliant this is!
Compared with the illustrations, the text is somewhat prosaic; however, by means of the plot, readers can still imagine Marcia¡s feelings. On the other hand, Fannie¡s kindness not only makes Marcia trust her more and more, but also arouses Marcia¡s interest and confidence. Anyway, most of the writing is moving and effective.
As a reader, I found the book really delightful. It is worth reading again and again.

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