Review: Barefoot Books

Jess McGlynnDecember 18, 2012

We were so pleased when we were sent some books to review from Barefoot Books.  The thing that struck me first was how they had obviously taken the time to select two books which were relevant for Meg and Eli.

Barefoot Books is a company which was started by two mums who wanted their children to have books which would not only feed their imagination but also give them a respect for diversity and a love of the planet.  They have a set of core values which can be found on their website and which I just love.

Here’s a short insert from their website:

Step Inside A Story.

Explore. Imagine. Create. Connect. Give Back. That’s what Barefoot Books is all about.  it’s exploring other cultures, our planet, ourselves.  It’s making time for make-believe and letting imaginations run wild and free.  Most of all, it’s about using the power of stories to nourish the creative spark in everyone and strengthen connections with family, the global community, and the earth.

If you have a few minutes, I’d recommend going on to their website.  They have a gorgeous selection of books, based on the two we received they are exceptionally high quality and very reasonably priced.  I have this website favourited and will certainly be visiting it again next time we buy books for the kids.

The Kite Princess by Juliet Clare Bell

This is the story of Cinnamon Stitch, a princess who has no interest in wearing pretty dresses and learning decorum, she’s a tomboy who would much rather be running round shoeless playing with alley cats and rolling through mud much to the disappointment of the King and Queen.  After one such troublesome expedition she is inspired to make her own kite and fly free, inspiring the King and Queen to let go and join her.

Meg loves this story but every time we read it, she asks why Cinnamon Stitch doesn’t want to wear pretty dresses…she really has no understanding of why someone wouldn’t want to wear a princess dress!  Perhaps she’d feel differently if she was made to wear one every day, I don’t know!

This is a lovely story though of accepting people as they are and not trying to make them fit your mould and also of letting go and finding your inner freedom.  It has become a firm favourite on the bedtime stories list (even if we do have to answer the same questions each time!)  

There are also instructions in the back on how to make your own kite.  We haven’t tried this yet but I am keen to give it a go.

Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone

This is a lovely bright board book designed to encourage the exploration of shapes.  On each page you have to find certain shapes within the picture.  There is rhyme, repetition and counting to help build these skills.  

At the moment finding the shapes is a little bit advanced for Eli, he can only correctly identify the triangle but he enjoys the bright colours of each page and Meg has loved going through it and I have often found her explaining the different shapes to Eli which is just the cutest thing!

Disclaimer: We were sent the books for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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