Mint Choc Chip At The Market Cafe by Jonathan Meres was sent to me by Barrington Stoke in return for my review.
This is one of the fabulous, Little Gems readers, which are perfect for newly independent readers aged five to eight years. They also make great bed time stories to share with younger, non readers. This book has beautiful illustrations by Hannah Coulson, and is a great story if you want to teach children about sharing.
Priya’s parents own a pet stall at their local market, and every Saturday, Priya goes to help them out. It is her favourite time of the week, and when she isn’t helping, she’s hanging out with her friends whose parents also own market stalls. One particular Saturday she meets Stan, a new friend. Priya is delighted to find that Stan’s parents own a pet stall too. She can’t understand why her parents are not as thrilled, until wise Nana-ji teaches Priya and her parents what is important.
I think this would be a particularly great story to have in an Early Year’s classroom to read aloud, and learn about how sharing can make a community work. I am particularly in love with the illustrations and very much looking forward to seeing more of Hannah Coulson’s work.