Imagine yourself in the toilet, doing your thing – you turn to flush 7-9 litres of water down the toilet to pass your average of about 200-400mls of urine, but instead you “skip the flush” and grab a bottle of Organico. Spritz or powder your wee, wash your hands and go. Would that be terrible? Could you imagine doing that? Most households in Port Elizabeth have had to resort to many new and innovative ways to save water. Our dams have recently hit a low of 18%, it has meant that every single household needs to pull together and help our city.
When we first received a set of two Ruby Red Shoes books, my first thought was – these are quite girly books. (Not that in the day and age we live in that is even slightly distinguishable!) The first night we read this story to Daniel however, I continued reading way after he fell asleep to finish the book because it was just that entertaining! We received the first two in a series that currently has three books including Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare and Ruby Red Shoes goes to Paris! We adore them both!
Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare
The first in the series Ruby Red Shoes is the introduction to who Ruby is, where she gets her name and what is up with the red shoes? Ruby lives in a beautifully painted caravan with everything a little aware hare’s heart could desire. She lives with her grandmother, Babushka Galushka. Babushka has taught Ruby to be an aware hare. She handles feelings (her own and that of others) like she would bird’s egg shells, with great care. Ruby loves to garden as well as teach her chickens some interesting habits, because these are some smart chickens! Her days are full of adventure, mindfulness and imaginative play.
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris!
We already know from the first book in this series that Ruby loves the French language, and when she visits Paris with her granny it can only be amazing! Although her beloved chickens cannot go with her, she thinks of them and writes to them. Ruby enjoys every single bit of Paris, the sites, the pastries, the shopping and records everything in her travel notebook. She wants to remember this trip forever. New friends, experiences and memories – Babushka and Ruby’s hearts are exploding by the time they need to head home. Au revoir Paris!
Daniel loves this book because it is somewhat longer than his normal books. I on the other hand love these books for so many other reasons! I love the descriptions that Kate Knapp uses, they are different and somewhat sophisticated, her language gives you a real feel for who Ruby is. She has a way (my favourite kind of way) of taking you to where she is, and helping you feel and understand Ruby’s feeling about things too. The illustrations in the book complete this package beautifully and I absolutely adore Ruby (in case you didn’t already figure that out). They are light, detailed and beautifully colourful!
These books are available online at Takealot, Raru and Loot for between R118 – R165 each.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but Pan Macmillan sent us these books, with no obligation to review.
In the Meantime – have you read any of the Ruby Red Shoes books? Did you enjoy them as much as I did?
In my last post about why we still co-sleep at 2, I briefly touched on the fact that I am ready to wean Daniel. What I actually meant to say was – “I am so sick of breastfeeding now, and I just want all my body parts for myself.” I loved breastfeeding (most of the time), but after 18months I became a little resentful. Not toward my beloved of course, but he would wake up just for comfort.. because he could. It drove me insane. Not to mention inappropriately grabbing my boobs and asking in his unique way at the most inopportune times for a bit of HIS tieties. I was however… afraid of toddler weaning!
It’s no secret we are massive book fans, Daniel will not go to bed without a bedtime story! Currently we are only reading Daddy Long Legs and Cake before bed. Talking about books with your toddler is such an important part of cultivating their love for books in the long run. Apart from good habits, anything that keeps Daniel and Emilie away from the TV from a few extra minutes brings my heart much joy! Couple good habits with a book that not only teaches them to love reading, but acts as an interactive link so that they too can take part in the story and you have a winner!
When I became a mother, one of the main things I wanted to be was your typical – “Soccer Mom”. You know the ones I mean – racing off between sports, practices and matches. Maybe it was because my parents worked a lot and it was something I valued? But I ended up not being that mom. (Waaaap waaaap waaahhhh) Not because my hearts not in it, my work and lifestyle don’t always allow for the freedom you need as a “soccer mom”. That doesn’t mean however that I don’t encourage Emilie to play and take part in sport! Emilie LOVES being outdoors and playing sports is something she really enjoys. She plays all the sports she possibly can, even though she isn’t really in the A Team’s for any of them.