I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read books, as a child they were a big part of my life. I thought my dad was amazing because he knew stories without needing a book. Now being a mum, I know that he had read them that often to me he knew them by heart.
Reading to my girls is part of our every day life, I have written before about Holly being a little bookworm and Alice is too. Alice is at the stage where she is desperate to read herself, but at the moment she is just remembering the story rather than being able to actually read the words.
I am sure that when Alice starts school in September, her reading is going to improve so much and I can’t wait for the day when she actually reads the words to me. As we start to prepare Alice for school, there is so much to think about and to worry about.
At the moment Alice talks about going to big school all the time and she is really excited about it, but what I don’t know is how she will feel when we go on the school visits next week.
When I got asked if I would like to review Amy and The Feeling Basket Books, I headed over to their website to see what they were about. This is what I found…
Feelings aren’t scary, they can be our friends! The Amy and the Feelings Basket series provides support for parents, teachers and children to explore early life events and the feelings associated with them in a fun, entertaining and educational way.
Amy Thorpe is an ordinary little girl in every way, except for one extraordinary thing… Amy has a Magic Basket.
I saw that they had a book about Starting a New School and I thought this would be perfect to read to Alice to hopefully put her at ease about what was going to be coming up for her.
We were sent two books, the first book is all about The Magic Basket, the basket that Amy is given by her mummy that has all her feelings in it.
In the book Amy explores all the different feelings in her magic basket, they get bigger when they talk to her. They ask her questions and then ask her how she is feeling. They explain to her that sometimes we get a feeling that we can’t make sense of and that they help her to understand it.
In the book Amy has been told she is getting a new baby brother or sister and she is upset over it. Through the feelings that come out of the basket and talk to her, she is able to overcome the feeling of sadness.
She then pops the feeling basket under her bed for when she next needs it.
While we were reading the book Alice asked lots of questions about what feelings were and we talked about some recent things that had happened and how she felt about them.
At the end Alice said she was sure Amy would love having a new baby, just like she loves her Holly.
The second book we were sent is called Starting a New School. The book starts the night before Amy starting school and she has lots of feelings running around her head, she reached under her bed for her magic basket.
The book addresses lots of normal things that children can get worried about at this time. ‘What if nobody will be my friend’, ‘ Will they play the games I like at lunchtime?’, What if I don’t get a nice teacher?’.
After talking to Amy about all these different feelings, she goes to sleep relaxed. When she wakes in the morning and they ask her how she is feeling, she answers ‘ I don’t think I am looking forward to it, but I am not as nervous as I was yesterday’.
Then along came confident, and he helped her to feel ready for the day ahead and also went to school with her.
It really was a lovely book to read to Alice, she asked lots of questions about how she was sure there would be friendly teachers at her school and that she was looking forward to making new friends.
What I liked was that whilst Alice might not have had all the feelings that Amy had right at that moment, it did lead us to a conversation about how she was feeling about school.
Plus, over the next few months as we get closer to her starting, we can read this book again and again.
There are also two other books in the series, Brave Beats the Bullies, Dad’s Leaving and The New Arrival . You can find more information about The Feeling Basket series here.
Disclosure: We were sent these books for the purpose of this review however all opinions and views are my own.