When i was approached by Nicola to review the children’s books Brian and the Blue Butterfly i jumped at the chance. I love reading and Olivia is also turning into a little book worm.
September 2016 saw the launch of The Adventures of Brian Children’s books. Each book is a therapeutic story where Brian the Cockapoo helps children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. You can read more here.
Brian and the Blue Butterfly is a book celebrating the differences of children. It’s the first book in the series that see’s Brian meeting a blue butterfly . To begin with Brian isn’t quite sure what it is and why the butterfly is different to him. By sharing his questions with the butterfly Brian comes to understand that it’s ok that he doesn’t have wings to fly to her.
The books are aimed at children aged 3-8 years, with 10 books now available in the collection and more planned over the next 18 months. I love the moral behind the story. Everyone is different and i think children should be taught this from a young age and for us to be inclusive of everyone. Throughout the book each double page has an illustration on the left hand side with the print on the right. It ‘s a beautifully written and illustrated book which also encourages it’s listeners to use their imagination.
At 2 years old Olivia lost interest in the story quite quickly but loved looking at the pictures. But when i shared the book with some older children they sat silently listening, taking in all of the details and then after we spoke about the similarities and differences that we have with others.
I would definitely recommend the book to primary school teachers and other parents, they are available on Amazon for £6.50 each. As Olivia gets older and develops a longer attention span I will definitely carry on reading the book to her. Hopefully adding to our collection along the way. If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of the book then why not enter our giveaway.