Monday, December 5, 2011

Magic Monday - Little Golden Books, Great Value! (A Bargain Book Bonanza!)


I discovered this wonderful boxed set of Little Golden Books at Half Price Books (one of my favorite places to visit!) a couple of years ago and I knew I had to buy it. I do not recall what the price was but I vaguely remember it as $8.99 or maybe $11.99 (not sure though). The books are brand new - part of a series of old favorites being reprinted. I am glad I found this set and these books.
The Fire Engine Book - Colorful, bright illustrations show a day in the life of firemen - right from when they receive a signal for help to when they complete their jobs - and each of the things they do are clearly and aptly illustrated for kids - using their hoses, ladders, axes and other equipment to help rescue people and property, to douse the fire and to ensure safety. Children will enjoy the onomatopoeic sounds, the detailed illustrations that add a lot to the text and learn a lot about fire and firemen. Granted, the depictions are dated - pre 1950s - the fire engines are quaintly historic and there are only firemen but the books still entertains and teaches which makes it a truly golden book.

Animal Orchestra - What better way to introduce animals and instruments to your little one? actually this is one of the best ways! As you read the fun rhymes or better yet sing the fun rhymes that accompany the colorful illustrations in this book to the sounds of the various instruments played by the animals, you will be guaranteed a animusical learning experience...

The Little Red Hen - The Little Red Hen is an old tale told many times over in many ways. This version - the Little Golden Book - is a charming gem. It has bright illustrations along with simple and repetitive text making it perfect for a child who is just learning to read. The moral 'As you sow, so shall you reap' is clearly illustrated in this story. I only wish they had included a cluck of chickens so the hen could share the fruits of her labor with them instead of being resigned to a lonely dinner.

The Good Humor Man - This book brings back memories of days gone by, when the friendly man with the ice cream van came ringing the bell with a Ting-a-ling-a-ling announcing to the neighborhood -"Here comes the Good Humor Man bringing you delicious cold treats and lots of cheer too" Life is simple, relaxed, and carefree as the neighborhood comes out to greet the ice cream van and enjoy. The book portrays all this along with a simple message of friendship, cheer, and community spirit. My kids' favorite part - when the Good Humor man returns to the wonderful place where he comes from - kids would love to go a place like this!

The Lions Paw - This is not an Aesop's fable with a similar name but more The Little Red Hen where the lion seeks help to remove the thorn from its paw from various animals who are all too busy, too scared, too something or the other to help until finally the little mouse says he can help and he does. The animals are rendered beautifully - it looks like a virtual safari in this book. We are unable to pick out one favorite animal in the book. Again, learning opportunities here include - easy to read with repetitive text and so ideal for a early reader, learn the names of various animals, learn that even someone as small as the mouse can help the seemingly mighty lion.

Good Night Little Bear - Little Bear has lots of fun as Father Bear "searches" for him all over the house before Little Bear's bedtime, all the while having Little Bear on his shoulders. As Father Bear decides to give up and eat some yummy cake, he stands in front of a mirror, and lo and behold, there is "Little Bear" perched right on his shoulders! The kids love to tell Father Bear (he can hear them!) that little bear is right there and enjoy "Little Bear's" joy at being searched for.


All these books go towards the Picture Book Challenge 
I will also be linking to Bargain Book Bonanza ..










Monday Memes - It's Monday!
What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. It is a time when we share what we've read, currently reading, or what is up next on our reading list.
Completed reading: Books reviewed here and not much else...
Currently reading:  'The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate', as well as started reading 'The Sari Shop' by Rupa Bajwa.
Next to read: Maid to Match (was on currently reading sometime back but put it away as I own the Kindle edition while the others are library rentals)

2 comments:

  1. We have several "Little Golden Books" too. I admit that I did not always love some of the titles, but my kids did when they were little. "Scupper the Sailor Dog" and "Saggy Baggy Elephant" were two of their favorites. I need to keep my eye out for some box sets for my grandkids!

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  2. @Lauriei will keep an eye out as well and let you know! have not read either of the two you mention.. thanks so much for visiting and your comments..

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