Friday, February 5, 2010

Books That Capture a Child's Imagination

One of my favorite things to do is to snuggle up with my little boy and read to him. He goes through phases where he'll want to read the same book every single day until he decides it's time for a new one. It's always an extra special treat when he chooses a book that's visually stunning, inspirational and entertaining. Hammond Publishing, known for its excellent maps, atlases and reference materials, has branched out and launched a variety of beautifully illustrated children's books. These books aim to capture a child's imagination through meaningful themes of personal choices, love, friendship and a sense of being in this world.

In Search of Happiness struck a chord with me, as I'm constantly looking for ways to be happy - to see the good in every situation. This is a whimsical tale of a boy who travels far and wide seeking happiness. A wise (and gorgeously illustrated) bird named Paradiso guides him through different areas of the Land of Happiness, like the Isle of Treats, the Valley of the Delighted and the Bay of the Beautiful Music. It was an absolute delight to read and the charming illustrations took it to a whole new level. I also appreciated the message that sometimes the greatest happiness is right in front of you and that we are responsible for whether we are happy or not. Brilliant lesson!

Princesses of the World is a global journey into some of the most enchanting kingdoms around the world. Concise, eloquent fairytales from places like Japan, Italy, France, Spain and others, are featured alongside lavish, full-page illustrations that demonstrate the magic and fascinating culture of the world of princesses. These are places where dreams really do come true and every story has a happy ending. This is a book to pore over at your leisure while dreaming of far off lands and the realization that anything is possible.

I am truly impressed by these high quality picture books and look forward to reading more of what Hammond Publishing has to offer. Get your copy of these titles and more at their website here.

I received product samples for review purposes.

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  1. Thanks for these! I'm always looking for new books to read to my little one or to my class!

  2. You always do see the good in people.
    I love book reviews keep it up.

  3. Those look wonderful. There's nothing like snuggling up with your little one and a good book.


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