Monday, March 5, 2018

"Banana for Two" - a bookwrap

Small Talk Books® Collection

What are Small Talk Books®?

Small Talk Books®  are playful stories celebrating diversity while featuring children and adults talking and having fun together. These picture books also show families, caregivers and teachers how to build young children’s language through conversation, during everyday small moments together. Frequent small talks add up to big learning gains for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! Each of the first four books in the collection includes a note from early literacy and language expert Dr. Betty Bardige.
The Small Talk Books ® collection is published by the wonderful Star Bright Books. To see more of their books, visit them at


"Banana For Two"

Illustrator: Ying-Hwa Hu

Age Range: 1 - 3 years

Unwrapping some sweet pictures for you to enjoy

About the book

This delightful book brings a refreshing and inspiring way to incorporate math into every day life.  It focuses on learning the numbers one and two in a very fun and natural way.

A loving mother takes her child and his twin toy cuddle-bunnies on a grocery shopping adventure.  She reinforces the numbers one and two numerous times in their happy dialogue as they purchase:  a roll of paper (one roll),  his favourite cereal ( one box),  a yummy yogurt which he loves ( two containers one for each hand and two excited feet is on tap) and a banana for snack time (one to share, of course).  At the check out counter she goes over all her purchases with her little one admist happy chatter and engagement by both.  

Once home the two hungry shoppers split the banana in two ... one piece for her, and one piece for him.  The it's yummy time, a wonderful, healthy reward for their busy math-induced morning. 

This wonderful, fun book takes on an every day activity and turns it into an educational opportunity.  The illustrations are colourful, expressive and ooze with pure joy.  They certainly enhance the math concepts that are woven throughout the story.  

This would be a perfect gift to give to a young mother/. It would inspire her to teach her little one math concepts in a fun and natural way.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author

Ellen Mayer is a children’s book author and early literacy educator who works with diverse families and young children. For many years she was a researcher at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is also a brand-new grandma!

Ellen creates picture books for young children – and the grown-ups who read to them. Her Small Talk Books® picture book collection, published by Star Bright Books, is fun for little ones and at the same time helps adults learn ways to build the language of babies and young children. Ellen has also collaborated with the award-winning South African author Sindiwe Magona, to write a book for middle grade readers, BOOKS AND BRICKS: How a School Rebuilt the Community.

Visit Ellen at 

or @ellenmayerbooks on twitter.

About the illustrator

Ying-Hwa Hu is an award-winning illustrator. Her work has been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children. Visit Ying-Hwa's website:

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