Teatime (Tiffany Stone)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Teatime, written by Tiffany Stone and illustrated by Jori van der Linde, a sugar-sweet tale of two fairy friends enjoying a miniature adventure.

Join two winged sprites as they set off on an adventure in their teacup, exploring a world of pastries, sugar cubes and teapots. The friends enjoy skating on a saucer as though it were a frozen pond, leaping off a teaspoon diving board for a quick dip in a warm teapot, and helping themselves to nibbles of tasty cakes and cookies as they go. At last, as the sun sets, they cozy up with berries for pillows and dream of their fun-filled day.

Very cute. The “miniaturized people” theme is always a fun one for little bookworms – especially because it encourages a shift in perspective and attention to details – and this was a nice version centered around, well, teatime. And while it would probably have a stronger connection with kids whose cultures take teatime, there’s still enough delicate yet exuberant fun in the story that it’s not a necessity. I especially liked that there was a boy fairy as well as a girl, which shows that little boys are just as welcome to tea parties and make-believe. The illustrations are absolutely charming, with abundantly sweet details and bright, cheerful characters. The length was fine, JJ liked it, and just an enjoyable little book overall. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

A Fairy Friend (Sue Fliess)

Hello, friends! Today, JJ and I read A Fairy Friend, written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Claire Keane, a magical instructional book, told in rhyme, about the extraordinary world of fairies and how to make one your friend. By the end of the book, you will know where fairies can be found, how to build them a home, and what to do when your fairy needs to explore.

This was a beautiful little rhyme that really transports you to another world. The illustrations are absolutely enchanting (Claire Keane, a Disney visual artist, also drew one of the most beautiful books we’ve reviewed, Once Upon A Cloud), and if your little one loves fairies, this book will knock them out. The length is good for baby bookworms, too, and JJ really liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!