Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge: a loving look at memory loss and friendship

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge: a loving look at memory loss and friendship

That’s a major gap in a child’s life and one we tried to fill with elderly friends from church and other grandparents and great-grandparents of friends. 

I think that one of the reasons we realised this was so important was that we had both read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge dozens and dozens of times.  

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turning grumpiness around and helping friends feel better too

turning grumpiness around and helping friends feel better too

Grumpy feelings don't need to last all day - a cheerful gift, a bit of sharing, and giving to a friend help the animals in this story to get over their grumpy starts to the day.
ages 0 to about 6 years

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delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

delighting in the extraordinary brings confidence and happiness

ages 2 to 8 years
his is a must-read must-own - it speaks to the anxiety of being separated from family, the strangeness of new worlds, reconciliation with those new worlds, a return to family..... few books speak to family love as strongly as Stellaluna. 
 

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the absurdity of war laid bare in a pro-peace story for nations and families

the absurdity of war laid bare in a pro-peace story for nations and families

A brilliant tale of a duck who calls a halt to war, and the warriors who are led to peace. It's great for entrenching a desire for peace and for overcoming fear of unknown.
ages 2 to 12 years / emotional resilience

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integrity, kindness and creativity can change the world

integrity, kindness and creativity can change the world

ages baby to 8 years
I lent this book to my children’s school and it disappeared for a week or two. I shouldn’t have worried – it came back to me with a new plastic cover, making it one of our most carefully preserved books! Here's how it goes:

Annabelle lives in a cold and colourless little town, but one day she finds a box of yarn of all sorts of colours. So she knits herself a sweater. Then, since there is ‘extra yarn’, she knits her dog a sweater.

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have you ever felt lost? out of place? in need of a home? This Book!

have you ever felt lost? out of place? in need of a home? This Book!

ages 2 up to 12 years
Have you ever felt LOST or perhaps just out of place, in need of home? Ahh, but have you ever felt FOUND, in the perfect place, completely at home? In this thoroughly appealing story, a boy and a penguin move from being lost to being found. 

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