Daddy is My Hero by Dawn Richards, Illustrated by Jane Massey


Daddy is My Hero  (Affiliate Link) is a book of an ordinary-looking dad who is a superhero in the eyes of his child. Daddy can be a cowboy, a knight, a pirate and even flies a spaceship. He also fends off night monsters to protect his child.

However this dad does not only play heroic roles in the child’s fantasy world, he is also portrayed as a hands-on Dad who does the shopping, cleaning, cooking and gives the child baths.

In today’s world, more and more dads have the opportunity to play an active role as caregivers for their children. Dads are also sharing more childcare responsibilities with mums these days. This book is particularly brilliant in portraying dads having a nurturing role in the family.

It is definitely a heartwarming tale of a child who simply adores his dad even when there are times when they get cross at each other.

My New Baby

Ever since we knew we are having a new addition to our family, we’ve been talking to Theo about Baby Mia. He pretends that he’s also pregnant with his own Baby Mia and has recently introduced his soft toys to breastfeeding. However, I’ve not bought any books about having a new sibling till the Frankfurt Bookfair that took place this week.

I didn’t want anything too complicated or had a story to it. Therefore when I saw this book, I thought it suited my needs. 


The illustrations are bright and the text is simple. It helps open up different topics for discussion with Theo. For example, explaining to him why Baby Mia can only have milk and not the sandwiches or banana on the table. 


I love that it has pictures of mum breastfeeding baby and the toddler actually LOOKS happy. Some of the books with similar topics showcase toddlers getting jealous and upset and while I know it does happen, I quite like the idea that it’s being portrayed more positively rather than say “Hey, you’ll be miserable when you see your little sister suck on my boobs but I still love you!” 

As the book doesn’t refer to the baby as he or she, we pretend it’s Baby Mia. Would be great for those who don’t know their baby’s gender! Even the image of the toddler is quite gender neutral, I reckon. Theo’s been referring to the toddler as himself and the baby as his Baby Mia. 

Reading before School

  
Theo  started attending playgroup last week. He will be spending at least half the day there once the familiarisation period ends. While I’m keen on him learning German, I’m a little concern that he’ll not be read to as much as he is currently getting from being home with me. 

I know children pick up languages from daily conversation, however, reading expands a child’s vocabulary by leaps and bounds. So, it’s really important to me that we spend a few precious moments in the morning to read a few books from the book box. It’s cuddle time for Mama too! 

Fun at the Opera by Susanna Goho-Quek

  

A beautifully illustrated book which introduces children to the dying art of Chinese opera. 

This is a story of excited siblings waiting to watch their brother perform on stage. At the theatre, the young children are invited backstage to try on the dramatic costumes and vivid make-up. Readers will be drawn into the fun story by the vibrant pictures. Little will you know that this book is well capable of teaching children about Chinese opera. 

Although it’s not stated when the story takes place, the fact that the granny and mum are out with that many children seem to suggest that this story takes place decades ago. The chaotic scenes are nothing but filled with joy and closeness to granny. A brilliantly written and illustrated book to introduce Chinese opera to children.

The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

  

Zot who lives in a colourless world yearns for the beautiful colours on planet Earth. So he travels in his spaceship to Earth and takes all the colours with him, even the beautiful orange from a little boy.

However, when he noticed how upset the boy was, Zot returned all the colours to Earth. In return, the boy gave Zot his orange balloon to bring back to his planet.

This is a thought provoking story which allows children to discuss topics such as what makes them happy, showing consideration towards others and sharing with others. Definitely a heartwarming story which deserves more credit.

A Visit to Ah Ma by Xiao Kuang (小邝)

  

Bilingualism is definitely something we strive for in our family. I grew up speaking both English and Mandarin in Singapore. I do not believe that exposing a child to more than one language slows his speech development or causes any sort of confusion that messes their little brilliant minds up. In today’s shrinking world, knowing a second language will come in as an asset in the future. However, exposing Theo to Mandarin also means giving him an insight to Chinese culture and half his roots. 

One of our tasks in Singapore whilst we’re on holiday is to get excellent Chinese materials for Theo. I’m fortunate that Singapore is a heaven for looking for great books. At Kinokuniya Book Store, we found him A Visit to Ah Ma, a Chinese book with local context and Pin Yin.

An imaginative boy, who clearly loves his grandmother a lot, dreams of visiting her. He pretends to be a skilled doubler decker bus driver. His journey to his grandmother’s is full of adventures as traffic lights and zebra crossings come to live. 

The illustrations depicted in the book of those of scenes in Singapore – Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, HDB flats and so on.

This is such a great book for Theo who will be turning one next month. Apart from exposing him to Mandarin, I’ll be able to point out landmarks in Singapore to him and talk about them. 

Shopping with Dad by Matt Harvey

 

Last Saturday, I was honoured to be invited back by  boutique owner, Amy of The London Assembly, for another session of Storytime. One of the books I read was “Shopping with Dad”.

It is obvious from the cover page that this shopping trip will be an adventure for the father-daughter pair. I love the rhythmic and whimsical text that add so much excitement to the story. 

This is a book that dads can definitely relate to. Aren’t we all too familiar with our kids creating havoc when we’re out and about? What the author has done is to throw in humour to the story so that everyone has a good laugh. 

The story also teaches a lesson or two. Firstly, a young girl admitting openly that it was her fault that an accident happened. I think that teaches children to be brave to own up to their mistakes, and being honest. Secondly, it also shows how daddies take charge in those situations and bring everything back to normal. It’s just sweet to know that daddy is always there to keep things under control.