Books are a big part of our lives at our home. Age appropriate books can sometimes be a challenge and let’s face it, some books out there aren’t necessarily a great choice when the final page is read.
Bareny Cohen and Joan McCoy realized the need for a resource of a media geared for smaller people. That realiziation became Little One Books. Through this outlet, Mr. Cohen and Ms. McCoy hand pick the best bedtime books, music and videos. From there each is then personally reviewed by one of their staff members.
The site is easy to navigate and I love that they have divided the site by age. While my youngest are close in age, it’s nice to know that the books recommended are geared for them and their development level.
I spent quite a bit of time on the Little One Books site and was extremely impressed. There were many familiar books to me, but there were also some new ones. It was easy to view a book, the description and I love that the personal reviews from the staff are so thought out and add a personal flair.
We were given the opportunity to select an item for review. We chose Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand (Henry Holt Co. Publishing). I was impressed by how quickly the book arrived.
Li’l Man and I just finished reading Knots on a Counting Rope and it was enchanting. The story is told between a boy and his grandfather. They are Native American. It’s one story and the boy and his grandfather take turns telling parts of it–the lines are set differently between the two characters so the reader can tell which person is speaking.
My son really loved the pictures. He wanted to go slowly so he could see the details and take in the colors and landscape. The illustrations are like an art gallery and beautiful!
The story is about how the boy was named. I have always told my children that their name was my first gift to them. It is a name of character and love. Every birthday, I tell my children the story of their birth and why they received their name. It’s been a wonderful tradition.
Knots on a Counting Rope is that same tradition. The rope is a metaphor for the passing of time and the passage of the boy as he gains confidence, witnesses his own value and faces his challenge of blindness.
It is difficult to determine if Li’l Man or I loved this book more. I can tell you it’s on his list tonight for bedtime story and it’s sitting on the table waiting for his sister to come home from her first day of school.
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