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One Thursday morning, at 9.59, Jodie is drawing a duck with silver buttons on his boots. She is starting to add the last button and her tiny brother nearby takes his very first step. Just at that very same moment a pigeon is making a nest, a jogger is running past, a man buys bread, a baby is born, a soldier says goodbye to his mother and so much more goes on all around.. All that could be happening in one particular minute in time is told and beautifully illustrated page by page. At first in the same room where Jodie is drawing, then in the family home, then in their street, then in their town and so on. All the happenings are simple everyday things and there are many diverse people going about their daily lives. Then finally the town hall clock strikes 10.00 and Jodie finishes the last silver button on the duck's boots. This is a lovely book for reading to two to five year olds as there is so much to see and think about. The words are simple and easy to understand but what makes this so special is the wealth of detail in the drawing. You can spend many long minutes on one page finding different things happening, or learning the names of things you see, even with the limited attention span of a two year old. Proved from experience. Description cannot do this lovely book justice, try and look at it in a bookshop or library and you may find the perfect present for a youngster in this age group.
April Underhill, seven year old tooth fairy gets a request on her cell phone. Daniel's Grandma specially asks for her to collect his tooth that night but Mum and Dad Underhill are not sure April and her sister Esme are ready to make their start as tooth fairies. After a thoughtful discussion they are finally convinced and the girls fly off on their first assignment. Not all goes smoothly, but April and Esme make sure everything ends as it should. The illustrations are beautiful, but funny too, and the story very well written. There are many lovely small details to look at and discuss as you go along and it is gentle, happy fun to read to a child. Maybe other BGO families, as well as mine, will recognise Grandma asleep with her book and her glasses on. This story is just right for those four to six year olds who are getting gaps in the smile. Perhaps worth reading to any small person before their first wobbly tooth, so they can be prepared for what happens. I think they would be happy to imagine fairies with spectacles, stripey socks and a cell phone were flying along with a string bag to bring them a shiny coin in exchange for a tooth.