Sunday, 27 November 2011
My children are getting older.
It's only just recently that I realise I don't actually need to read them bedtime stories any more.
Olivia is voracious in reading her own material.
Charlie is well on his way, devouring all manner of "information" books. He is a non-fiction aficionado.
And Lexie still loves a picture book. But insists on reading it herself. She works through a pile of ten by herself, and drops them all from the bed onto the floor as she falls asleep.
The days of timing baths and bedtimes to enable each child the opportunity for us to read them a long story are slipping away.
Unless, of course, they are tired. Then they resort to a little more cuddly behavior.
I offered, the other night, for them all to get into my bed instead of theirs. And I offered story reading. There was much bickering over which stories and who secured which position in the bed next to me - three children - one mummy, someone, apparently, always "misses out"...
We read, together, several times, a range of beautiful books called "Little Treasures" by Peter Carnavas.
Oh, how lovely it was! Snuggled up, it reminded me of when my three were a lot smaller. But in this current era of grown-up-ness, they could of course appreciate the stories so much more. The tales and the message. And the stories were as appealing to me as they were to them.
Jessica's Box explores friendship and self worth - so pertinent considering Lexie has just this term started at school.
Sarah's Heavy Heart is heart meltingly lovely. The illustrations in all of Peter's books are simply sensational, but I especially love the big red heart depicted in this little tale. We can all identify, I hope, with the idea of a heart getting carried away, particularly with a friend..?
The Important Things, quite frankly, had me in tears. It's centred around a little boy whose father has faded from his life. I sobbed at the tales sweetness and of course this evoked some really vital conversations with the kids, which gave us all an opportunity for gratefulness and awareness. Charlie, who is very family aware, and sensitive to the changing nature of relationships, kept patting me. It was adorable.
All three of my children were fascinated by the story of the Last Tree in the City. Touching on the environment, the story was sad, but I was amazed at how quickly my kids began talking to me about their own perceptions of the story and indeed of their own natural world in relation to local environmental issues.
Olivia, Charlie and Lexie have requested these books to be read to them every single night for a week. High praise.
The illustrations are as magical as the stories are satisfying to read. The tales are wonderful for evoking lovely interesting conversations.
If you find yourself needing a little snuggle with your kids, and an opportunity to just chat with them, these books are actually ideal for a really broad age range. I would totally recommend them. At this time of year, these small books are perfect too, for stocking presents for Christmas.
The Little Treasures range of books by Peter Carnavas are available in all good bookshops, and online.
I have two sets of these Little Treasures, to give away.
To enter, all you need to do is make sure you are following my blog, and then leave me a comment, telling me your favourite bedtime story memory. (If you'd like to share via Twitter and Facebook too, that would be wonderful!)
Open to everyone and all my readers worldwide, - I am happy to post these internationally. Winners will be picked via Random.Org and announced this time next week...