Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Handmade Christmas (book) decorations inspired by Ernest and Celestine

A good story can right the world. It can draw you back from lonely grumpiness, or fed-up tiredness. It can make you feel human and connected once again. And this truth is at the gentle heart of Ernest & Celestine: Merry Christmas by Gabrielle Vincent, a charming, restorative seasonal read. Celestine is full of hope […]

An utterly perfect rainy day read and activity!

A book about making the most of a situation, of living by the motto ‘Carpe diem’, of seeing the glass half-full rather than half-empty, Ernest & Celestine: The Picnic by Gabrielle Vincent is a perfect read for a rainy summer’s day. It may be pouring down outside, but that doesn’t mean Ernest and Celestine cannot […]

Love and a lost toy

Can you believe it’s the very last day of Picture Book Month 2012? Holidays is the theme of the day, and in taking that to mean festive celebrations, I’ve chosen to wrap up a wonderful month with a gentle, charming, heart-melting story set at Christmas: Ernest & Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent, translated by Sam Alexander. […]

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