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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

— Emilie Buchwald

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There are untold benefits to be unlocked once you begin a reading journey with your child; valuable bonding time together, opening their eyes to new worlds and cultures, and you can teach them that reading is a pleasure, not a chore.

From an early age, an infant can look at pictures, point out objects and recognise your voice. Reading aloud with your child can stimulate their mind, build their skills and imagination, and teach them the importance of language. Like with learning to walk and talk, mastering how to read and appreciate books is a natural and important step in any child’s life.

Well illustrated picture books can be the perfect choice of literature to read together; helping children associate words with both pictures and objects. Exploring art as well as words, picture books help engage a child and enhance their reading experience.

At Tiny Owl Publishing, we’re exceptionally proud of our illustrators and their incredible artwork; many of which have received awards and praise. While all our books feature vibrant, beautiful illustrations, we have chosen The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Mahni Tazhibi as this week’s recommendation.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is familiar as one of Aesop’s Fables, but its origins go much further back than that, and versions of it are found in cultures throughout the world. The message is the same in each interpretation; nobody believes a character who is known as a liar.

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Mahni Tazhibi’s version is an exceptionally illustrated book, with the young Iranian artist’s distinctive style evident – a visual treat.

Not only is the story and content perfect to read with your child, the pictures create an opportunity for your child to have an interactive reading experience. We suggest reading through the book yourself first, alone, and making a list of questions you can ask which will engross them in the story even more and be rewarding.

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Here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. Count the sheep on each page. Ask your child to give you the number of sheep that appear on each page and see if they can find all of them.
2. What are the differences of the hills on each frame?
3. On one page, we see the boy three times: How do we know these are different days? (Answer: Because there are differences in the details of each hill)
4. How many of the Wolf’s teeth can you see?


Buy this book from here.

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