Books for Preschoolers

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet by Ruth Ohi
Annick Press

This is Ruth Ohi's fifth book in her Chicken, Pig, Cow series. This time, the three friends leave their pal Dog at home and go to school with Girl as part of a  project. At school, our three friends meet Mr. Crankypants, (AKA Furry Face) the class hamster, who begins to eat their popsicle-stick barn. The friends eventually figure out a way to get the hamster to eat something else and work together to get him back into his cage.

Ruth Ohi not only writes her own stories, but she also does her own warm watercolour illustrations. In fact, she has illustrated four times more books (40) than she has authored (10). My son and daughter enjoyed the characters and the story told from the point of view of the miniature animals. This is a great book, especially if your child has a class pet.

Thomas' Snowsuit (Board Book) by Robert Munsch
Annick Press

This is a new edition of Robert Munsch's 25-year-old classic Thomas' Snowsuit. The text of the strong-willed little boy who doesn't want to put on his snowsuit has been revised, and some new Michael Martchenko illustrations have been added. But best of all, it's a board book that is just the right size for preschoolers' little hands. This sturdier format means that the book will last much longer.

I'd forgotten how funny the story was until I heard my husband read it. He laughed more than my kids when the teacher ended up wearing Thomas' snowsuit and Thomas wearing her dress. And of course, my kids know exactly when to yell "No!" and "A big fight" without any prompts. They found Munsch's story just as entertaining the first time as the tenth.

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Ruth Ohi | October 11, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Dear Unexpected Twists & Turns,
Thanks for the review--I'm so glad your son and daughter enjoyed "Chicken, Pig, Cow"! Best, Ruth

Heather | October 12, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Well thanks for the comment Ruth, and great watercolour illustrations. Something tells me that we'll see a lot more of your art and stories in the future. :-)!

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