Elma Family Kitty Pip what we're reading

The Safari Set {what we’re reading}


This might be slightly cheating.  But on the basis that this series is called what we’re reading, I’m going to go with it and share a book that actually belongs to me.  Kitty and Elma went shopping with H just before Christmas to help him choose a present for me (and to give me a couple of hours of peace with Pip and The Safari Set was Kitty’s choice while Elma chose a sibling book from the same series with monkeys on the front.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Both girls had clearly fallen in love with their choices and no sooner had I unwrapped them they were gently removed from my lap and taken away to read.  And when I finally got my hands back on them I could see the appeal.. Not only are they wonderfully tactile books, made with that lovely thick almost velvety paper, but the colours and patterns are just gorgeous.  I can’t be the only person who looks at them and really really wishes that they’d make some of these prints in fabric because I’d just love to put them together for a quilt.  It doesn’t hurt that my favourite turquoise and yellow combination features really heavily either!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then there’s the book itself.  It’s a very simple read, a little wonder through the savannah spotting the animals as we go.  It’s definitely a book that is more about the visual than having deep literary aspirations but that’s about where my children are at the moment and so it’s a fun book to snuggle up with on the sofa and read together.  And judging from the number of times it disappears from my bedside table and is mysteriously discovered with the girls, I think it might just appeal to them for reading on their own.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But that’s not all, because this is a book that comes with props built in.  At the back of the book is a little pocket and inside were six sheets of card printed and punched to make a hippo, a zebra, a giraffe, an elephant and a lion (that will either smile or roar depending on which way he’s looking) and a few leaves and grassy knolls.  Cue one small pop of PVA glue and East Africa came to life on the dining room table.  And then if you take the paper cover off the book and stand it up you’ve got a background too.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s a story and a playset all in one, what’s not to like.

And for the record,the monkey version (The Jungle Crew) is equally wonderful and I’m reliably informed by H that the Polar Pack looked quite fun too.


Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week Jess and Rosalie found another book to add to my Pip’s Birthday List; Beep Beep is just such a cute book, especially for really tiny peeps.

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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  • Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com) 03/03/2015 at 8:07 am

    gorgeous book, illustrations are lovely

    • Carie 03/03/2015 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 03/03/2015 at 4:27 pm

    Oh this is gorgeous, the illustrations are so bright and colourful. x

    • Carie 03/03/2015 at 10:08 pm

      I know – I just love the patterns!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 03/03/2015 at 8:25 pm

    Good choice by your girls Carie! How fun that it’s both a wonderful colourful book and playset!

    • Carie 03/03/2015 at 10:08 pm

      It’s great isn’t it!

  • Donna 03/03/2015 at 10:35 pm

    I love the play aspect of this book and love the illustrations, so different! x

    • Carie 05/03/2015 at 10:16 pm

      thank you – it is rather fun isn’t it!

  • sally 09/03/2015 at 11:59 am

    What a great present to choose, I love those bright illustrations. I came across a book the other day that I’m sure your girls would love – ‘The mole who knew it was none of his business’, if you haven’t read it before see if you can find it at your library, knowing your knack for finding fun books you may very well be familiar with it already though!

    • Carie 09/03/2015 at 9:10 pm

      I haven’t and I shall now go and add it to our wishlist – thank you 🙂