Monday, March 23, 2015

Little Gestalten Childrens Books Review


Nothing fosters children's imaginations better than a book. Good books can help children understand the world, pique their natural curiosity, impart knowledge, and hearten them to be empathetic or brave. Desiring to contribute to this inspiring mission, Gestalten launched its own line of children’s books called Little Gestalten.


Our oldest daughter is seven years old and loves to read. Any time she can get a book from her school, the library, or even the store, she is excited about learning something new and reading a new story-line of adventures. I thought these books would be fun for her so she can yet another way to expand her mind and curiosity. 


 About This Book

Tiny and brave—these are the two most striking characteristics of Issun Bôshi. His mother had longed to have a child for so many years that she finally added “even if it is a very small one” to her wish. When the elderly couple did in fact bear a son, he turned out to be only one inch high. He was thus called Issun Bôshi, Japanese for one-inch boy.

Although his parents raised him very lovingly, Issun Bôshi realized one day that he would not grow any taller. He then left his home to set off on a jour­ney to find his place in the world. Because he saw himself as a swordfighter, a samurai, he made sure to take along the right equipment: a needle was his sword, a soup bowl was his boat, and a chopstick was its rudder.

As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Bôshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess. Retails for $19.95.


About This Book

Little Red Riding Hood is a fairy tale loved the world over. Almost every child knows the story by the Brothers Grimm of the little girl who was lured from the forest path by the evil wolf. Now, everyone can rediscover it with this enchanting little book by French illustrator Clémentine Sourdais, who gives a contemporary look to this ­traditional tale.

Created with loving attention to detail, Sourdais’ cut-out images give the book an extraordinary haptic quality that make it a pleasure to feel and behold. Her unique settings not only make the woods, the big bad wolf, and grandmother’s house come alive on the page, but they can also be transformed into a dancing play of shadows on a wall. Held in front of a light and unfolded, this book becomes a true adventure, inviting its young readers to marvel at and experience Little Red Riding Hood’s journey in a whole new way. Retails for $16.95.


About This Book

Can one make friends with the night? In this story, Elsa can! How, may you ask, could someone even meet the night? Well, one day Elsa is sitting at her kitchen table and, because she is bored, counting the raisins in her cereal. She then suddenly hears a sound coming from under the sofa. When she investigates and catches the thing making the noise, she realizes that it’s ­neither an animal nor a ghost. It’s the night.

Because Elsa winds up hiding the night in her cookie jar—and giving it a few of her raisins—the day outside doesn’t end. When she takes the night out of its hiding place, it has the chance to hear her talk about her adventures with her friend, an elephant named Olaf. Elsa tells the night that she is very sad because Olaf got sick and no ­medicine was able to help him. The night not only listens to Elsa, but also accompanies her on a heartwarming and moving journey where it cares for her, protects her, and finally carries her through the town in its arms. Retails for $19.95.


About This Book

This fun animal book tells the exciting story of a zoo preparing for its opening day. The head zookeeper, who guides young readers through its pages, is waiting anxiously for the animals to get there. Will they all be in their cages by the time the first visitors arrive?

Illustrated with loving attention to detail, The Zoo’s Grand Opening is ideal for pre-school children. The book opens on an empty zoo and then follows the arrival of the animals, starting with an anaconda (representing the letter “A” and the number one), followed by a bear (“B” and two) and so on all the way to “Z” and 26. While they enjoy the story, children will playfully be introduced to the letters of the alphabet and how to count. At its end, they have not only been introduced to a variety of creatures, but they also know how many animals can be seen at the grand opening. Retails for $16.95


About This Book

C is for cat? D is for dog? Not in this book! Here, Colossal Cornelius captures his companions with his camera and Daisy the diver dares a death-defying dip with dinosaurs. In Alphabetics, each of the alphabet’s twenty-six letters is depicted with an awesome alliteration—not to mention an illuminating illustration—that will captivate and stimulate young minds.

Although the lettered tales are meant to be humorous and fun, they also serve a commendable purpose. Complex words are introduced to expand children’s vocabularies and linguistic horizons. The book includes a glossary so that readers can look up any terms that are unfamiliar to them. Retails for $16.95.



Among the books I've highlighted above, you can find many more they offer from the listings of books available for purchase under their publishing. 

These books have great illustrations, high quality paper, and enchanting stories. My favorite is Little Red Riding Hood because of how the pages are cut out shapes and far from the normal book you're used to seeing. 

Madison has these books in her room for night time reading and enjoys having such a variety in her collection such as the items we were sent. 


Books can be purchased online at Little Gestalten  as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in stores everywhere. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest





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