You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me. — Strickland Gillian
We introduced Ale to books probably on the second month of his life. Our very first book was a cloth book where he could touch and squish different pages. I was trying to find something beautiful and organic at the time, but without much success. Now, I’m thinking it’d be a fun DYI project 🙂
But by the time Ale was about 5 months old I came across these absolutely lovely board books by Gerda Muller. These became our first real books and more than a year later they are still among his favorites!
I believe it is important that illustrations in books for the youngest readers should be neither primitive nor abstract. Abstract-like images make it hard to relate them to the real world. And primitive images don’t do much for child’s sense of esthetics and craftsmanship. So, I was especially happy to discover books by Gerda Muller.
This uniquely talented children’s author creates hand-drawn illustrations that are beautiful, realistic and full of wonderful little details. In each book she not only helps a child to discover ways to enjoy each season, but also accustoms a child to loving and caring for nature around them.
- A Year Around the Great Oak – a story of children exploring forest, learning of change of seasons in the forest and the animals that live there
- How Does My Garden Grow? – great book teaching about different things one can grown in the garden and little creatures that live there
- Where Do They Go When It Rains? – a cute story about different animals and where they take shelter when it rains
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears – not your usual Goldilocks story. It is really wonderful with a good lesson at the end. It’s been out latest bedtime favorite story.