I mentioned Ms Sunshine is also into Greek myths. But she’s reading an entirely different range of books from her brother. Kor Kor’s book of stories are way to complex and long for her. Having said that, the current range is perfect for babies and toddler. (Sunshine is in the pre-schooler stage and I recognize I should be introducing slightly more matured books to her. But I keep forgetting that! We still see her as ‘our sweet baby’ in the house.)
I found these really adorable Mini Myths books last year and they are just perfect for little ones, yes even babies. They are very hardy, made from good quality thick cardboard and are just the right size for the very littles to put the books on their laps to read.
Sunshine asks for these books to be read to her every night. If it’s not me, it’s auntie or daddy. Her favourite character is Medusa. She calls herself Medusa when her hair is all messy and tangled! haha Amazing how the little ones can understand and get the idea of what the story is all about from the very little information they get. Hilarious!
The stories are very simple and fun. Illustration is simple and vivid. Great for little ones. I like simple illustrations for the young ones so they don’t get too distracted by too many details. It helps them to zoom in on what’s going on in the story. They get it immediately.
Brush Your Hair, Medusa!(above) is a really fun and funny take on the snake haired Medusa myth. Medusa’s messy wild hair needs brushing but like all kids, Medusa thinks of many ways to get away with it. But Grandma knows exactly what to do to get Medusa to happily oblige 🙂
Another of Sunshine’s favourite is Good Job, Athena! Athena ties a beautiful bow for her friend, Arachne who gets lots of compliments from her friends. Arachne takes the credit for Athena’s ability but eventually has to admit the truth. Athena forgives and teaches everyone how to tie a bow too. They are all happy, good friends.
These baby books cleverly weave the original story into one that is funny, easy and appropriate for the very young ones. Joan Holub, the author also includes a brief explanation of the original myth with more details on how it came about. That’s a bonus 🙂
The current book craze or trend these days are over what we call ‘Baby Lit’ books. Well, these are what I consider perfect ‘Baby Myths’ books and I don’t see why they won’t be just as well-loved 🙂