Frozen (Big Golden Book) by Bill Scollon

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Frozen hit the big screens almost a year ago and it has been immensely popular. I have yet to start Samantha on any TV (or movies) so I thought it would be nice to get her this book, so that she doesn’t miss out on the Frozen craze that has hit our small sunny island.

This book is beautifully illustrated and is a very accurate and succinct reflection of the movie. Samantha loves the book, and now we read it almost every night. She enjoys role playing the characters in the story and is now asking for the Frozen-themed items in the toys store!

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The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr Seuss

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We previously had a successful time with ‘The Cat in the Hat’, so I thought that the sequel would be a smash hit as well.

In this story, the Cat in the Hat visits the 2 children again and gets into trouble by dirtying their bathtub. The Cat then enlists the help of many small cats in his hat to clean up the spots, but they only make the matter worse. Will the pink spots ever come off?

This book is ridiculously funny like the first and is a great tool for teaching alphabets (His little cats are named after the alphabets).

It is a great read but may not be suitable for toddlers who are unable to sit through a moderately long story (It takes about 20 minutes to read the book aloud, without rushing through the story). Nonetheless, we always have a smashing fun time reading this book together!

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

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Tiddler is about a little fish who has the habit of telling tall tales. One day, Tiddler was late for school because he was caught in a fishing net! He manages to escape, and finds his way home in the most remarkable of ways.

This book is great for introducing the diversity of creatures in the ocean to toddlers. In addition, we can also use this story to explain how the fishes on our dinner plate end up there!

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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Mouse Paint is about 3 white mice who live on a sheet of paper. They discover some paint, and decided to experiment with the paint (like all good white mice are expected to).

This book teaches about primary colours and how secondary colours are formed by mixing the primary colours together.

While this concept may be a little difficult for Samantha, the book is still useful for teaching the names of colours. She also loves the pictures of how the mice dance in the paint in order to mix it around on the paper!