Anyway on a cheerier note I have now fathomed the technology and can show you the beauty within a barefoot book. Here for you to feast your eyes are 2 pages from 'We're Sailing to Galapagos'. Now these bright colours and cleverly crafted images are enough to cheer anyone up....
The book is written by Laurie Krebs who also wrote the award-winning 'We All Went on Safari: A counting Journey through Tanzania' (more of that another time) and the illustrations are by Grazia Restelli - her debut publication in the English language. Her beautiful collages have gained much critical acclaim in her native Italy - it's easy to see why.
I read this book at story club last Friday (4-7 year olds) and after just a few pages in they were all chanting along with 'we're sailing to Galapagos, Galapagos, Galapagos' - magical. And we had a great chat at the end about the Galapogas islands, volcanoes and all the animals and birds. Lots of the barefoot books have really helpful information pages at the back which serve as a great aid for parents/carers/teachers and inquisitive young minds.
So, until next week - when I will bring you news of the Barefoot Books summer sale, my book of the month for June and other news, including my must have item for every garden this summer.