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The Best Summer Guest

Jonty’s parents are going away on a trip without him, so he gets to spend the summer with his Grandma Gladys. He is unsure about spending the summer with his grandma and is worried about missing his parents. So his parents drop him off with his suitcase of clothes and a bag of electronic toys for entertainment. Grandma Gladys promptly puts the electronics away in the closet, saying he won’t need them for the stay, but Jonty is not so sure. What ends up happening is a magical summer vacation full of new and old experiences and making memories that he will never forget.

The Best Summer Guest by Tuula Pere and illustrated by Milena Radeva is a beautifully written and simple story that left me with a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscing about my summer vacations with my grandparents. In an age where children are constantly looking for the next new shiny thing or the latest video craze, Tuula Pere’s story about simple pleasures like tossing pine cones, learning to tie knots, and baking treats will show children there is still magic and wonder in the world. The fun of swimming in a lake and fishing, or enjoying the morning air as you wake up and start the day, is portrayed with wonder and a beauty that is forgotten today.

Beyond the pleasures of enjoying the simplicity in life is the message of family. Spending time and appreciating relatives while they are with you is essential. Jonty goes from being unsure of spending time with his Grandmother to realizing how valuable this time is and how much he loves this chance to be with her at the lake cottage.

The Best Summer Guest is a heartwarming children’s book about family, simple pleasures in life, and appreciating the things we have. The whimsical drawing adds to the warm feelings the message of the book imparts. This is a beautiful book for families to have and pass through the generations, a reminder to cherish our times together.

Pages: 22 | ASIN : B07HYCYSS3

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Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life

Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life by Ruthie Godfrey is a nostalgic story about a boy going fishing with his Grandpa. Together they spend the day enjoying each other’s company, and Grandpa imparts some wisdom to his grandson. While sounding like fishing advice, the knowledge that he shares also serve as important life lessons.

With the thirteen lessons shared, children will be shown how to be prepared for situations, look to those older and wiser for advice on how to do things, learn the value of sharing, and appreciate even the small things in life. I enjoyed how the lessons started out light-hearted with “do not bring a banana on a fishing boat.” Next, the lessons moved to more practical ones and then to serious ones such as being a good human with the lesson of “share the wealth.”

The illustrations by Pable D’Alio are eye-catching, with a unique caricature style and watercolor look. Children will enjoy looking through the pictures as they go through the book. In addition, the artwork gives the story extra character as the story’s text is simple. Together they make this picture book a wonderful creation.

Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life is a whimsical picture book for preschool through elementary school children. The images and story are easy enough for younger audiences, whereas the nuances of life lessons will be picked up by older kids. This is an excellent book for families sharing the joy of a multigenerational family structure.

Pages: 36 | ASIN : B08L8KNXTT

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