She’s having a birthday! – Miss J, 2
Miss J is a huge Hello Kitty fan. So much so that the cute little cat appears all over her bedroom furnishings and even adorns many of her clothes. Needless to say, any books featuring the tenacious feline are well received in this house.
Hello Kitty: Happy Birthday! (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, RRP £6.99) is perfect for early years readers as it is bright with large illustrations, just a little writing on each page, a familiar character and just one, straightforward topic: enjoying your birthday.
The book looks at the various elements of a birthday such as anticipation, wrapping presents, receiving presents, having a birthday party, enjoying birthday cake and, most importantly of all, spending the day with friends and family.
It’s a sweet little book that would make a great birthday present for a young reader and is something we’ll probably revisit in the lead up to Miss J’s third birthday so that she can enjoy the anticipation of the big event.
Hello Kitty: I Love my Daddy (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, RRP £6.99) is from the same series and celebrates the relationship between child and parent.
One of the things I like most about this book is that it’s not overly gender biased. It doesn’t assume that male parents only perform peripheral or stereotypical parenting duties and instead recognises the breadth a father-child relationship can have, through the eyes of a child.
This means when reading it with Miss J she can enjoy saying, “My daddy does that…and that! Oh, mummy does that!” It’s fun, it’s light-hearted and it’s a lovely way to celebrate a bond before bed.
Of course, if a child does not have a dad figure in their lives,this book may or may not be right for them. However, there is an “I Love My Mummy” version too – so take your pick, or get both!
Disclosure: we were sent the books for review.