I was recently asked to review three books from Clever Tykes. The books are designed for children aged between around 6-9 years of age. My twin daughters are seven, so they fit right in the middle of the age range.
Introducing the cat to “Walk It Willow”.
The books are designed to be inspirational, encouraging children to be proactive and entrepreneurial. It encourages children to face challenges in a positive, rather than a “dissolving in floods of tears” kind of way. They have a “can do” attitude, just as my own mum used to tell me – “there’s no such word as can’t”.
My daughters are shy and reserved and sometimes find it difficult to speak to people when in unfamiliar surroundings, despite being extremely chatty at home. This is why I particularly liked these books, as they are empowering and enable children to believe in themselves. They are also an early introduction to self employment and encourage children to build skills and make choices which will stand them in good stead for the future.
The first book my girls chose to read was “Walk It Willow”, they love anything to do with animals so they were instantly drawn to the dog theme. The main character Willow, also loves dogs and soon realises that she can help others and make some money by creating a small dog walking enterprise. Willow faces some challenges and tough decisions on the way, but works it out. The text in the book is really clear and the illustrations add interest. I find that the transition from picture book to chapter book can be a huge jump, if illustrations are dropped too soon. My girls loved the book and quickly progressed onto the next.
The second book we read was “Change It Cho”. Cho is passionate about eating healthily and loves sport. Cho makes it her mission to raise awareness about healthy eating, especially as junk food is so prevalent at her school. She starts her own fruit and veg stall! Again, the girls loved this book and it linked nicely in with the topic of “food” they are studying at school. It also reinforced the reasons why I’m always encouraging them to eat their fruit and veg!
Finally we read “Code It Cody”. Cody enters the world of coding computer games at his computer club. My girls were less interested in the subject, as they are not yet interested in computers and haven’t attempted coding yet. My sons would have been at this age though and I like how the books to cater for all interests.
I would definitely recommend any of these enterprising books from Clever Tykes and I’m sure they will remain a favourite of my girls for the next few years. There are accompanying activity packs available to download from the Clever Tykes website.
They would make a fantastic Christmas gift!
*For the purpose of this review I received three books from Clever Tykes. All words and opinions are my own