We have received some lovely items for review from Parragon recently, starting with two picture books which the children have really enjoyed.
The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile, written by award winning author Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Henry Fisher, is the story of a family’s quest to find the fish with the deep sea smile. They find all kinds of fish with different attributes – one with “blue-green eyes and whiskers three”, another “With electric lights up and down its tail” and even “a fish with a laughing eye.” But can they find the fish with the deep sea smile? With its poetic text and colourful illustrations, this is a great story to read aloud.
Away in my Aeroplane, also by Margaret Wise Brown and Henry Fisher, is another story which was very popular with the children. We liked the pictures of the little boy flying in his aeroplane, and enjoyed seeing everything he sees as he goes on an adventure through the skies. The text is very satisfying to read aloud as you get carried along by the rhythm and rhyme: “Down below the people go, very small and very slow. They look like bugs and ants and flies – I wonder if they realize what they look like to my eyes.”
We have also taken up the Parragon #summerwithgoldstars challenge and Owl has worked his way steadily through the age 9-11 Maths workbook. His confidence in Maths has improved so much this summer and I could not be more proud of him.
And finally, something for me I think, though I haven’t yet come up with a suitable use for this pretty notebook with matching post-it notes. Far too good for the to-do list, so I will have to think of something more interesting to use them for before the children get their hands on them. We are very grateful for all the lovely things we have been sent – we love being a Parragon family!