About This Series
“Free e-book of the week” combines two of my favorite things – Books and Free 😉 This is my way of nudging the hibernating (ahem! to be honest, almost on the verge of a coma) bookworm in me (and hopefully in many other parents out there like me) out of slumber and back into the reading habit. Through this series, I hope to introduce good e-books and authors to FertileBrains Readers and in the process re-ignite my and others love for books. I will be talking mostly about children’s books and parenting books in this series but may digress from time to time to include any other interesting reads I may encounter on the way.
Who Took My Banana
Last week, I reviewed Mini Astronaut’s Handbook from Usborne Publishing, a book very much loved by my astronomy-obsessed 4.5-year-old son. This week, I am excited to bring you two books for Mother’s Day: one for the children to understand and appreciate a mother’s love “Who Took My Banana?” by Author Sally Huss and one for the grown-ups “Well-Crafted Mom” by Author Kathleen Ann Harper.
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About The Book
An orangutan wakes up dreaming of eating her favorite – a banana for breakfast. But when she looks for it under her leafy bed, it is gone! The rest of the story revolves around the orangutan trekking through the rainforest enquiring from a variety of exotic animals if any of them had taken her banana. A mamba snake, a tapir, a sloth, a spotted leopard, an elephant, a crocodile, a toucan, monkeys all plead innocence. All the while she dreams in rhyme of why she loves bananas. Finally tired and hungry, she returns to her nest to a surprising discovery. Did she figure out who took her banana? Read the book to find out!
- I love the fact that Author Sally Huss makes one of her e-books free every now and then in sync with upcoming festivals. This book is just perfect to read before mother’s day to make little kids appreciate a mother’s love.
- The illustrations are beautiful and endearing just like the author’s other books and the language are easy, but not overly so, introducing beginning readers to many new words.
- This is a rhyming book and we enjoyed reading the rhyming parts where the orangutan is dreaming of dishes to whip up using the banana.
- Though this book says it is “About Mother’s Love” but it is much more too, introducing little kids to many exotic animals and their food habits which you don’t usually find in other children’s books.
- The self-awareness of her mood swings when the orangutang can’t find her banana is a wonderful learning point for little kids with anger/frustration issues.
- The ending statement “The end but not the end of a mother’s love” serves as a reminder of how much a mom loves her children unconditionally and is sort of a hallmark for all Sally Huss Books.
About The Author
I have already reviewed “One Hundred Eggs For Henrietta” by the author some time back.
Like I mentioned back then, Author Sally Huss’ writing/painting of over 30 years has been described as bright and cheery – All her children’s books bear the byline “Another Happy Book” and they aptly describe the positivity shared in each one of them. From U.S. and Wimbledon Junior Champion to a semi-finalist in the Women’s division at Wimbledon to successful Children and Adult Book Author, Sally Huss has done it all and done it well. Please visit her website http://www.sallyhuss.com/ to know more about her and her books. There are also links available for additional free e-books and beautifully designed “Certificates of Merit” to present to children for being helpful, kind, respectful etc. (Themes are based on each of Author Sally Huss’ books). Again, don’t forget to check out the Art tab on the website also which takes you to Author’s Fine Art America profile which contains beautifully illustrated posters, messages etc.
I cannot possibly end a Mother’s Day special without a book solely for the moms. Though I am still reading it and I cannot review it yet, I have been hooked to “Well-Crafted Mom” since yesterday. It’s a perfect book for moms, especially new ones, who have lost their footing thanks to motherhood and are feeling like they are drowning in all the chaos it brings.
This book helps figure out new ways to carve out some much needed “me-time” for moms and create more happiness for themselves and their families. In The Well-Crafted Mom, Kathleen Ann Harper weaves together been-in-your-shoes stories, contemporary sociological and psychological research, and inspirational crafts to help find solutions to common situations for moms like dealing with mom-guilt, saying “No” to things that you don’t want to do, finding time for self-care, finding the necessary support system etc.
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Disclaimer: The book showcased in this series is available for free at the time of publishing this post. However, FertileBrains has no control over when the book’s value changes or when this book is pulled out of circulation. It is solely the discretion and ownership of the showcased book’s author/publisher.