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- Parents who love reading aloud and who are dedicated to raising great kids
- Educators who believe that a strong curriculum should help to build strong character
- Kids who love to laugh and look at pictures while they learn new words and concepts
Pretty Please Press stories entertain with colorful pictures and humorous text, but these books also contain a message about life and values that adults and children can talk about together.
My household meets all three criteria, and as a educator I was especially interested to see them because teaching life and character skills is becoming more and more a part of the unofficial curriculum in schools. However, it can be hard to find suitable lessons and materials to use with students. I was very pleased with the books and online resources Pretty Please Press provides. I hope they continue to expand their collection!
I liked how the books can be used to introduce new concepts and vocabulary, stimulate conversations such as, "What would you do in that situation," or, "How would that make you feel?" The books have lively text and colorful illustrations and are about subjects that kids are familiar with, like arguing with a sibling, being told they can't do something, and starting a new class. Or ones they are interested in such as creatures from outer space.
Bella Basset is a pup when her mother takes her to see the famous Royal Borzoi Ballet for the first time. At the ballet, a dream is born: Bella wants to become a dancer! But in Bella's world, only Borzois can dance, so she has many obstacles to overcome before she can realize her dream. This is a story about dedication and perseverance, which may give children (and grown-ups) the inspiration to pursue their dreams.
This was our favorite book of the collection because it combined ER's love of dogs and dancing. Of the four, I enjoyed this one the most too and thought it had the best and most detailed illustrations. You can see from the picture above that ER enjoys looking at the pictures a lot. The story was engaging and the world created where dog dance at all was endearing. Kid learn that dream can come true, but only after hard work is put into making it happen.
Our second favorite of the four is by the same author as Bella Basset Ballerina, and I think every parent has had to talk to their child about proper ways to resolve conflicts. It begins on a funny note by taking squabbling sisters to the limit, the parents have to resort to dividing the house in half and labeling everything, ER thought that was pretty silly.
The pen and ink with watercolor illustrations are quite engaging. Picture books are often the first way children become aware of historical time periods and since this book is set in the vaudville era the pictures can be used to discuss the differences between then and now.
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