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Circle Square Moose {what we’re reading}


It must be the season of sequels. Because leading on from last week’s Mix it Up I’ve got another follow up, and another story that’s just as good as the original.  This time it’s our old friends Zebra and Moose from Z is for Moose.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Now that Zebra and Moose have completed their alphabet book it seems like these friends might just be a little at a loose end, and so in the way that can only happen in stories, Moose finds himself in a shapes book.  The book is trying to be a nice sensible sort of shape book, pointing out al the different sorts of shapes you might find in the everyday; a circle is a button, a sandwich is a square; but Moose is just so excited, well firstly by the sandwich (and it does look delicious) and then the prospect of playing with lots and lots of different shapes.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Moose loves shapes.  The book does not love having Moose around, and keeps leaving him notes on post-its to tell him he’s in the wrong book, and to stop playing with the shapes.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



And just as in the original, when Moose gets over excited along comes sensible Zebra to calm things down, to guide Moose in the ways of the shape book and to restore peace and harmony.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Which would have worked perfectly had Zebra not become horribly tangled up in a-curve-is-like-a-ribbon’s-wake and for all his wiggling he just can’t get free, even  when a-cicle-is-like-a-polkadot tries to squash him out of the book.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And this time it’s Moose who comes to the rescue, who remembers that a circle can also be a hole for them to escape, and who finishes off the book with a star for his favourite friend.

While it starts as a shapes book, it’s not exactly your ideal guide to shapes.  What it is is a genuinely funny book.  It’s fun to read and fun to look through even if you don’t happen to have an adult on hand to do some reading for you and that makes it a win win around here.  

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I want my little ones to see story time as a time for imagination, for wonder, for laughter and for cozying up, to be something that they and I look forward to. 

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

There are many many wonderful books that have a hidden or not so hidden educational agenda, stories that will teach a little geography, or introduce counting, or letters or any one of a number of things.  But I think if we want to introduce reading as a treasure in itself, not just as a means to more information then books need to be first and foremost a wonderful story.  I don’t doubt that our children are clever enough to know when they’re being subliminally educated and anything too worthy isn’t going to hit the favourites list.  To be a favourite it’s got to be one that they love and one that I can bear reading again and again and again.

Circle Square Moose is exactly my idea of a great story book, especially for stories during the day when you want everyone to be a little more interactive, to look at the pictures and point out what’s going on.

And it seems it might just be one of Elma’s favourites too!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week Jess’ Rosalie has been making a new friend with Elmer’s New Friend it’s such a gorgeously colourful book and (SPOILERS) I love books for babies with a little mirror in the back, it’s so funny watching their expressions when they realise it’s them! 

What We’re Reading is a weekly link up of posts about children’s books.  That’s about as far as the ‘rules’ go; it can be picture books, baby books, books for older children or even young adult if you like; just come and join us to tell us what you’ve been reading recently.  The linky is always open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in, or if you’d rather join in on Instagram or Twitter that would be wonderful too, just use the hashtag #whatweread and tag me (@cariemay on Instagram and @cariemaymakes on Twitter) and then we can all come and say hi.


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  • Katie @mummydaddyme 17/02/2015 at 2:37 pm

    You find the most delightful books Carie- this one looks so lovely. I love reading this series each week.

    • Carie 17/02/2015 at 11:32 pm

      Aww thank you! Every now and then I think I must have got to the end and contemplate retiring it as a series and then I find another book that I want to share and the show goes on!!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 17/02/2015 at 4:04 pm

    Another fab book pick Carie, this looks quite unusual but a really fun read. I’m with you on subtle education but first and foremost reading should be about creativity and imagination 🙂

    Couldn’t see where to add my link this week? xx

    • Carie 17/02/2015 at 11:36 pm

      Aargh linkys will be the death of my this week! I’ve already had to take my Siblings linky down because it was messing with the sidebar! Thanks for letting me know – I’ve fixed it now I hope 🙂

  • susan 18/02/2015 at 12:13 am

    It’s wonderful to expose children to so many wonderful books at such a young age. It looks like someone is really enjoying this one.

    • Carie 18/02/2015 at 11:01 pm

      Oh she’s definitely a fan – she kept trying to run off with it mid photo!

  • sally 20/02/2015 at 11:23 pm

    These are characters I never came across with my lot, and sadly I think they might be too old now :(, I have a feeling they might have liked these.