CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 18 . . . . January 13, 2012
Michelle Junkin's colourful and cuddly (had to say it) illustrations are the perfect match for author Sharon Jennings' entertaining stories in this new series. Each book presents a common childhood health and wellness topic: losing a tooth, earaches, sore throats, tummy aches, and even, believe it or not, nose picking. The creators, author and illustrator, are to be congratulated on giving both parents and young children helpful information about these topics through the stories of five charmingly endearing animal characters.
An added bonus is that a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to Cardiac Kids, an organization created in 2000 by the series creator, Jeff Neiman, to raise funds that directly benefit the children and staff of the cardiology ward at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, ON.
The five animal characters in the series are each perfect choices for the wellness topic that they present.
Who better than an alligator to present the pros and cons of losing a tooth in Alli's Missing Tooth.
Ella the elephant gets an earache in one of her oversized ears in Ella's Big Earache.
Giraldo the giraffe is the perfect character to present the symptoms and treatment of a sore throat in Giraldo's Tickly Throat.
Harley the hippo eats too much and gets a sore stomach in Harley's Tummy Ache.
Manik the monkey sticks his finger up his large monkey nostril one too many times and causes his nose to bleed on his new soccer jersey in Manik's Nosey Finger.
With charming stories, helpful topics, great links to activities and additional information, and a portion of the profits going to support a good cause, recommending the books in "The Cuddles Club" series couldn't be easier. Enjoy.
Suzanne Pierson is a retired teacher-librarian, currently instructing Librarianship courses at Queen's University in Kingston, ON.
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