We were recently sent two books by Fisherton Press for review; A Lovely Day for a Walk and The Perfect Cup of Tea.
Books have played a major role in BattleKid’s bedtime routine since he was only a few months old and he will often get out a book in our living room, and back into our laps for us to read it to him. Nursery also read books to the children during circle time. As a child I was always reading and this stemmed from bedtime stories with my own parents. It was something I also wanted to instil in my son and I think we’re doing it well so far.
I am always on the hunt for new books to read to BattleKid so to be offered the chance to review two books from Fisherton Press was amazing. As mentioned we received A Lovely Day for a Walk by Eleanor Levenson and Cerys Rees, and also The Perfect Cup of Tea by Sonia Malik.
Once I received them I decided to try something new one bedtime. BattleKid and I had gotten into the habit of watching TV on my bed while he was having his bottle and I wanted to break this habit and eliminate screen time before bed. So the evening I received the two books from Fisherton Press for review I did not turn on the TV in my room as we started getting ready for bedtime. Instead we got changed, played and during BattleKid’s bottle I read the two new stories to him. He resisted at first, asking for Mickey Mouse and Curious George. But he soon quietened down as I read the two stories to him.
He enjoyed this so much that we have continued with this new routine and instead of 2-3 bedtime stories in his cot, BattleKid now gets at least 5 or 6, split between bottle time and in his cot.
So what were the new story books all about and what were they like I hear you say?
Firstly, A Lovely Day for a Walk by Eleanor Levenson and Cerys Rees is a lovely book which tells the story of a dog who goes for a walk on a lovely day. He walks along a “clifftop path with a view of the bay” (try saying that fast), and he meets some other animals along the way, who join him on his walk.
The story is a rhyming story and there is a music sheet at the beginning of the book which the words can accompany. I’d love to hear how the music goes! It is a nice short story that takes no more than 5 minutes to read. It is beautifully illustrated. The pages are not glossy like a lot of our other books, they feel like read paper that is used in soft back novels and I quite like that.
The story grabbed BattleKid’s attention quite quickly and with each new animal the dog meets he shouts out what it is, such as “oh horsie” and “oh birdy”. He likes us to pause and go through which animals are on the page which we do willingly. This book is probably not one I would have ordinarily picked up for BattleKid but it has become a bedtime favourite of his. It is a lovely book, with pictures that easily grabbed BattleKid’s attention at 2 years of age.
The second book we received from Fisherton Press was The Perfect Cup of Tea by Sonia Malik. This story book is all about making the perfect cup of tea and the different ways people make it. This book appealed to me as tea is the only thing I drink since I gave up alcohol, and my tea has to be made just right.
Again, this book only takes a few minutes to read and again each page is real paper rather than glossy. There are large illustrations accompanied by one sentence. I have to admit I wasn’t sure how BattleKid (or I) would take to this story the first time I read it to him, but he always asks for “Mama’s Tea”, as he has named the book, when it comes to storytime with his bottle. He even points to the cups in the illustrations similar to the ones I drink my own tea out of!
With the simple sentences to accompany the pictures, I can see BattleKid learning to read this book on his own once he starts his own reading journey. It is a lovely little book and is now firmly part of our bedtime routine.
What I love about the Fisherton Press books:
- Short, simple stories.
- Real paper used rather than glossy, making them feel more like soft back novels, which I quite like.
- Lovely illustrations that caught BattleKid’s attention.
- Both will be easy for BattleKid to learn to read himself once he starts.
- Easily slotted into our bedtime routine.
- The Lovely Day for a Walk will appeal to animal lovers, The Perfect Cup of Tea to my fellow tea drinkers.
What I don’t like about the Fisherton Press books:
I am really pleased with the two books we received for review and I would recommend them to anyone on the hunt for some new books to read at bedtime, particularly to younger children. We enjoyed them so much I’ll be looking at other titles available from Fisherton Press which may appeal to both BattleKid and myself. Both cost £6.99 and are well worth it with the amount of use they’ve had in our house!
*We received these books from Fisherton Press for review. However, all opinions about the books expressed here are wholly my own.