As a published author of over 60 children's books for Marvel's iStorybooks line and editor and narrator for over 200 children's books, I'm pretty picky about what I like and don't like when it comes to books for little ones. After all, much of my time is spent immersed in the world of children's literature. That's why it's always an iffy thing for me when I'm asked to review books of this genre.
Earlier in the month, I received five books from the Pumpkinheads line and on Christmas day, I gifted them to my three grandchildren, ages 6, 4, and 19 months. The older children received the paperback books and the youngest got the sturdier board book especially appropriate for toddlers. I was happy to see there were books in the collection well-suited for each age. However, I was disappointed that the main character of each book was female. It would have been nice to see some boys featured here.
|Grandson enjoying his book|
Delightfully illustrated, the stories are charming and teach important lessons to children about caring for the earth (Carmin Cares), sharing (Ella's Toys),listening to nature's music (Sage's Song), the need for affection (Love Monster Lulu), and accepting/loving the person you are (Danza's Message). For the most part, the books are an enjoyable read. But, as an editor, I couldn't put my imaginary red pen away as I read the stories, as occasionally the rhyme is forced and the meter is off. Seriously, though, it's not enough to bother the youngsters as they learn the valuable lessons in each book.
The series is available on the Pumpkinheads website (click here), where you'll also find online activities such as coloring, worksheets, art activities, videos, a read-aloud story about courage, and more! It's a great website for young children to explore. Also be sure to visit Pumpkinheads on Facebook.
Award-winning author, Karen Kilpatrick is a mom of three (a 12 YO boy and 7 and 8 YO girls). She's been writing and telling stories to her children for as long as she can remember. When she lost her own mother at a young age, she found herself combing through the letters she had received from her over the years, searching for nuggets of wisdom and guidance. Karen thought about how amazing it would be to share some of her powerful life lessons through fun and simple children's stories. So she decided to take the leap and transition from her career as an attorney to pursue her passion.
Pumpkinheads is based on the belief that messages matter. She states, "When you start early with little things, those little can then grow into big things. Education is the most powerful tool for change and as much as we can lay an early academic foundation for our children, we can also begin to give them the tools they will need to feel good about themselves, know that their voices count, and know that they can do good in this world, whatever their chosen future professions may be!"
Karen Kilpatrick also writes short stories for adults, which can be found in several published collections. She lives with her husband and three children in Florida.
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