With World Book Day just around the corner, now is a great chance to introduce the children at your nursery to some new cultures from around the planet.
The Book – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard
In a nutshell – A boy leaves Earth to travel the universe.
Tell me more – The most translated book in the French language, The Little Prince focuses on a boy learning about the adult world through all sorts of extraordinary encounters.
Other options? – The Cat Who Walks Across France, The Story of Babar
The Book – Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland, Patricia Crampton
In a nutshell – Adventures with a man who has a propellor on his back.
Tell me more – Karlsson takes the young Svante on any number of mischievous adventures, with chaos and fun always following them.
Other options? – Good Night Alfie Atkins, Can You Whistle Johanna?
The Book – Possum Magic by Mem Fox, Julie Vivas
In a nutshell – An invisible possum longs to be seen again.
Tell me more – When Hush is made invisible by his grandma, it’s not long before the novelty wears off and the playful journey to find the antidote begins.
Other options? – The Magic Pudding, Big Rain Coming
The Book – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, Jerry Pinkney
In a nutshell – I don’t think you need us to tell you about this one…
Tell me more – For more than a hundred years we’ve been reading about one duckling’s journey to grow into a beautiful swan, and everything he faces along the way.
Other options? – The Princess & The Pea, The Little Mermaid
The Book – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury
In a nutshell – One family’s journey to find a bear hits a few obstacles.
Tell me more – With more awards to it’s name than The Titanic, this splash sploshing adventure will make any child want to get their wellies on and start their own bear-finding quest.
Other options? – The Gruffalo, Elmer
The Book – The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson, Joel Stewart
In a nutshell – One girl’s journey to protect her magic paintbrush from the evil emperor.
Tell me more – As Ma Laing realises that her paintbrush can bring the things she draws to life, she has to find a way to outwit an emperor intent on stealing it.
Other options? – Grandfather Tang’s Story
The Book – The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran
In a nutshell – A girl and her monkey meander towards a top-secret monkey wedding.
Tell me more – Truly bringing India alive through pages bursting with colour, the story of Fuzzy Patel and Shoba brings magic, imagination and a few unexpected turns along the way.
Other options? – One Grain of Rice
The Book – Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
In a nutshell – How much trouble can one mischievous dog get up to?
Tell me more – This famous tale follows Hairy Maclary as he collects friends and gets in trouble with Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town…
Other options? – My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, The Little Yellow Digger
The Book – Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel, Mordicai Gerstein
In a nutshell – Samurai Cats saving a canine lord from an evil rat.
Tell me more – What’s not to like? Beautifully drawn, this hilarious story retold by Eric Kimmel is the perfect introduction to an ancient Japanese empire.
Other options? – The Hungriest Boy in the World, Yoko’s Paper Cranes
The Book – Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
In a nutshell – One man’s quest to get his friend to eat some pretty unusual food.
Tell me more – Originally written because of a bet that Seuss couldn’t write a story using fewer than 50 words, the book’s simplicity and humour have helped it to endure as an all time classic.
Other options? – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are
The Book – My Cat Copies Me by Yoon-duck Kwon
In a nutshell – One girl learns about the world with the help of her cat.
Tell me more – A gorgeous book that explores the important relationship between kids and their pets, as her cat helps this little girl experience new things and explore the world.
Other options? – Hush: A Thai Lullaby, Peek: A Thai Hide-and-Seek
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