Books we love too!
With this post we hope to once again inspire you when it comes to reading, our favourite activity with children. We try to select something for everyone, from different countries and for different ages.
First up are the series of books about Mog the Cat written by Judith Kerr. Particularly the story of the forgetful cat who suffers from dementia but somehow ends up being hero for the day, is very close to our hearts. It specifically resonates with pet owners or a pet wish but is easily enjoyed otherwise. Its seventies drawings are both sweet and imaginitive. Just don’t get too attached: Mog passes away in the last book...
Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai is also a firm favourite in our household. This important message about the loss of love and friendship told through the metaphor of a (deflating) balloon really captures our hearts. All Komako’s drawings and stories are stunning, we also recommend The Velveteen Rabbit and Hannah’s night.
On to a true classic but a newer version of the book you might not have seen before: H.C Andersen’s stories with illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. Hans Christian (need we say his full name?) is best known for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. A gift from Denmark to the rest of the world!
Another classic writer but from Norway this time: Thorbjørn Egner. We love all his books but the two that stand out are definitely Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen and Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by. Both from the fifties and full of songs, these tales speak to the imagination like no others.
Our last recommendation is Pelle’s new Suit by Swedish Elsa Beskow, whose books have been read and loved for over a century. Pelle has a lamb whose coat grows longer and longer, while Pelle's Sunday suit grows shorter! Pelle shears the lamb, and the wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven. Finally, the tailor makes a new suit for Pelle. This is a wonderful book to help children understand where their clothes come from and the traditional craft of working with wool.
More next time!