Friday, August 30, 2019

"New Friends for Zaza" - a bookwrap

Zaza is starting her first day at daycare.  How will she react?  It's a BIG step for a little girl.  Let's find out shall we?  


"New Friends for Zara" 
Created by Mylo Freeman

* Ages:  2-4
* Grade Level:  PS+
* Hardcover:  24 pages
* Publisher:  Clavis
* Pub. Date:  September 13, 2019
* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Praise for Other Zara Books

Make room, Doc McStuffins! ... . offer[s] a mirror for many readers of color and a window for others while also emphasizing that imaginative play around STEM professions should be the purview of children from every background. ... A fun and visually inviting book that encourages children to consider one more when I grow up"" possibility." - Kirkus Reviews 

"Here's a small smattering of some of the true beauties I've run across this year. There are two Zaza books out this year and they're both great." - Elizabeth Bird, Fuse Eight, - "A perfect story to read on a sick day, or any day!" - Black Children's Books and Authors 

Unwrapping Some Sweet Illustrations 

Unveiling the Story

Zaza is a little nervous.  Today she goes to daycare for the very first time.  Mommy explains to her that it's a place for her to have fun playing and to make new friends.  Zara needs one of her toys to keep her company and give her support so she choses her favourite doll Rosie to go along with her. 

When Zara steps into the daycare she discovers lot of noise and busy kids which she finds a bit intimidating as she knows no one.  Bravely she steps forward and introduces herself and Rosie to a small group of kids and politely asks if she can play with them.  

Happily she settles in and realizes it's fun to make new friendships.  Before she knows it her mommy is back to pick her up and take her home.  When she arrives back she realizes in her heart that there is no place like home but is excited too to go back to daycare again tomorrow and perhaps widen her circle of new friends. 

The illustrations are adorable and the colours are vibrant.  The children at the daycare are diverse and the book has a positive message... if you face your uncertainties wonderful adventures can ensue.  This book is highly recommended. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author/illustrator

  Mylo Freeman was born in The Hague, Holland from Dutch/American parents. She attended art school for about five years (painting) and after that she moved to New York. Lived and worked there for a couple of years and was part of a group exhibition at The Drawing Center Gallery in New York. But eventually homesickness brought her back to Amsterdam.

Around this time she started her musical career, which resulted in a CD. However, the stage did not prove to be artistically satisfying, so she returned to the visual Arts. This time Mylo started working for magazines and commercial advertising. After the birth of her son David (1994) she started to make drawings for children and he became the big inspiration for all the books to come. First published book was Potty! in 1997. It in turn inspired David to give up his diapers and use the potty! This book also won her the Kiekebookprize in 1998, a prize given out by Dutch national libraries for best toddler book of the year.

Now, Mylo has published over 60 books. When she was a kid there was nothing she enjoyed more than turning her room into a big playground for all her dolls and cuddly toys. So you can imagine that creating a character like Zaza came naturally. Now Zaza has become her favorite character and is loved by toddlers around the world!
At the moment Mylo lives in Amsterdam with her husband and three children.

Follow Storywraps

*Instagram: Storywraps
*Twitter: Storywraps@Storywraps1
*Pinterest: Storywraps

I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  

I also have added a new button...  Simply buy me a cup of coffee if you would rather.  That would be fun.  Coffee and blogging go together like two peas in a pod as I'm always brewing up something here on Storywraps. 

 I thank you in advance for your support.  I adore what I do and would appreciate any amount that you may give so that I can make our Storywraps' community more thriving and exciting.  Thanks a million!  Books bind us together. 

Read on...
Read always.
It's a wrap! 

No comments: