Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Childe of Hale and Tabitha Posy

Abby, like many other children, love reading books. It was lovely that Maverick Arts Publishing has offered her an opportunity to review 2 of their books - The Cautionary Tale of Childe of Hale and Tabitha Posy was ever so nosy! .

Childe of Hale is based on a true story about the giant John Middleton or Childe who lived in Hale near Liverpool back in the 16th century. In the book, he was poor and lived in a very small house. One day the King visited him and invited him to live in the castle in London and provided him with riches, although soon enough, Childe realised that luxury is not as valuable as friends and kindness.

Although this is the author Rachel Lyon's first published book (illustrated by Vanina Starkoff), her poem was beautifully written. As it is a poem, Abby who's 5 did go quiet every so often to try to understand what the poem was telling her, but she loved the story nonetheless and asked me whether we can go to Hale and visit the giant. It was lovely that the ending of the story encourage children to discuss what it would be, and it also provide parents a chance to tell the children that money and materials is not everything.

The Cautionary Tale of Childe of Hale is retailed at £6.99 and are available in book stores and online.

Tabitha Posy was ever so nosy, children poem, funny children books

Tabitha Posy was ever so Nosy! tells the tale of a little girl Tabitha Posy who wanted to know everything. She had learned the hard way that sometimes it is best to acquire knowledge through reading. The poem was easy for Abby to understand, and it is written in a really funny way. Abby decided that she would take the book to school to share the story with all her friends!

The concept about reading books to learn is a debatable topic, I think. An old Chinese saying goes: "Reading 10 thousand books is not as good as walking 10 thousand miles (it's best to see for yourself than reading from the books)". There is a reason why schools provide field trips, and working experience is as (if not more than) important as academic studies. I do agree one thing though, that children should read more books than constantly asking "Why?", especially for questions that adults can't answer... I still remember Abby asking me: "Why are people called people?" when she was 3, and the number of questions has only increased ever since! I'll be looking into buying a children's encyclopedia soon!

Back to the book. This is the second book in the Ever So series by author Julie Fulton and illustrator Jona Jung, with each book introducing a character from the same neighbourhood. The first book was Mrs. MacCready was ever so Greedy, and the third book Miss Dorothy-Jane was ever so Vain is due for publication in September 2013. I love the idea of having a series of books that are related, even though each of them act as a stand alone story. Looking at the sample pages for the first book, it's even more funny than Tabitha Posy!

Tabitha Posy was ever so Nosy! is retailed at £6.99 and is available in book stores and online.

Disclosure: We were sent the above books for review purpose; all opinions are honest and our own