When I was sent a couple of sets of Little Books to review by GMC Publications I just knew that they were the perfect thing to save for our holiday. If you've got flights to endure with a little one they these are perfect to take with you. We decided to have one box set for the journey out to Madeira and then to save the second one for the journey back and that worked really well for us.
Little Miss C loves books of all sorts and now that she's talking more and more, books where she can point at things and saw what she sees are ideal. We were sent Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library and Richard Scarry's Best Little Books Ever to review and each set contains 4 books. The Gyo Fujikawa books are Friend Time, Play Time, Animal Time and Hug Time, whilst the Richard Scarry books were the slightly more tangible Opposites, Shapes, Colors (yep, spelt like that as it's American) and Counting.
Mr C and I were already familiar with Richard Scarry before this trip and LMC likes the characters he uses in his books and the grown ups that were reading them with her appreciated the slightly comedy style of it all.
Gyo Fujikawa's books are very different in style and the pictures are beautifully drawn and detailed. The animal time proved to be a big favourite of LMC's, mainly because she could name many of the animals that she saw. Some of the concepts in these books were a bit beyond her at the moment, but I can see the Friend Time book in particular being very useful later on when she comes on to understand the idea of friends and the different types of friendships that you can have. With the exception of the animal book all the others also feature lots of little children who all look very different and seemed to really hold LMC's attention during our flights.
Since we've returned from holiday she keeps going back to the books again and again, and insisted on going through all of the Gyo Fujikawa ones before bed last night.
Richard Scarry's Best LIttle Books Ever, ISBN: 9781402785658
Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library, ISBN: 9781402785665
Both book sets cost £4.99 each and are published by Sterling. They were both published in September 2011.