Monster stories – children’s book review

barefoot books - monster series

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the girls’ reading, I had no idea when they started in reception last year they would be one year later picking up their own books and reading them on their own.

What’s even nicer to watch is, it is a pastime they enjoy.

We had [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Girl with a Brave Heart – children’s book

the girl with a brave heart

I absolutely love it when Barefoot Books send us one of their books to review because I know I’m going to be reading a beautiful story with gorgeous illustrations in it and The Girl with a Brave Heart is no exception.

This story is a tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz who is also [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The week that was 365/4

banoffee pie

Yay, it snowed and how much fun did we have – a ton although our snowfall was only a couple of cms. Luckily our back garden is on a slope which at this time of year makes the perfect sledge run – see the tracks in the top photo?

We’ve all been ill this [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Animal stories – Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books sent along two great books from their Animal Stories collection which are stories of animals from all over the world so not only can you read a fascinating tale to your child at bedtime but these books allow you to expand and talk about the world we live in and other countries [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Kite Princess

The Kite Princess

New year new book to read and the next book from Barefoot Books that I want to highlight is The Kite Princess written by Juliet Clare Bell, illustrated by Laura-Kate Chapman and narrated by Imelda Staunton.

If, like me you have mini princesses in your home then they will adore this beautifully illustrated book [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy and Rob Ryan

The Gift Carol Ann Duffy and Rob Ryan

I fell in love with Rob Ryan a couple of years ago when I saw the beautiful intricate work he produces and I am proud owner of one of his coffee cups thanks to a birthday present given to me last year, I treasure it and hate to see other people drinking out of [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

WIN a World Atlas by Barefoot Books

***COMPETITION CLOSED*** and the winner is Rollercoaster Mum

With 204 countries competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics and 165 countries in the Paralympics, there are many important and fun things to teach children that go far beyond the speed at which a human can run, the awe of a gymnast performing multiple flips [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Barefoot Books – imaginative reading for children

My Mama Earth

One of my favourite moments of the day is story time, it’s the end of the day, I’ve often got a headache and am exhausted but NOTHING will stop me from reading our daily stories together.

As you can imagine we’ve got quite a collection of books now but as the girls are getting [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.