Recently, I came across a couple of wonderful books that have captured the attention of my twins, and I wanted to share them with you:
My Purple Toes by Blair Hahn
Being a fan of toenail painting, I got a kick out of the subject of this book: a daddy who goes ‘wild’ one day and paints his toenails purple! (I’ve also painted my husband’s fingernails at times – he got the best reaction from the clear polish with the sparkly glitter in it 🙂 )
This book was the winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and was written by Blair Hahn, who himself is in the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
I find it heartwarming that a daddy who’s so active in the “professional” world, is obviously so engaged in the “Daddy” world. I really like it when the daddies tap their nurturing side 🙂
Anyhoo, I presented this book to my 4 yr-old twin girls, both of whom are quite fond of the color purple, and they really liked it alot!
The pictures, illustrated by Tate Nation, went very well with the text about the daddy’s adventures with his unusually colorful toes.
Halle & Zanna were so eager to find the little red-eyed tree frog in each illustration, and count the daddy’s toes. They actually squabbled a little, over whose turn it was to count next!
As for me, it was an interesting book, but it seemed the storyline beyond the fact that the Daddy had purple toes, was a little too complicated for them. They didn’t seem to “get” why some of the characters were less than delighted with the Daddy’s toes. I think that this is a concept that is a little too old for them. Maybe in a year, when they’re 5, or possibly older, would they be able to understand that society sometimes frowns on things that don’t fit society’s norm of cookie-cutter conformity. But for now, I’m glad to say that they embrace people as they are and accept that people come in all shapes and sizes and colors – even with purple toes!
Funnily enough, my husband also couldn’t understand why the Daddy’s family was less than approving of his creative choice of self-expression.
I think this book is at its best when the Daddy and those around him are enjoying the happiness that a simple splash of color can bring.
As a celebration of non-conformist creativity, this book hits the mark for the most part.
Another major plus for me, is that some of the profits from this book go to Soles4sousl.com, a non-profit organization that collects funds and new/used shoes for distribution to those without.
My Purple Toes by Blair Hahn, can be purchased here at Amazon.com and other fine booksellers!
This is the second book in the Purple series by Blair Hahn. My girls actually seemed to like this one a whole order of magnitude better than My Purple Toes, the previous book in the series.
For one thing, I am no longer allowed to read this one to them. Zanna will commandeer the book and won’t even let anyone else turn the pages as she “reads” it.
Surprisingly, after just one time of hearing it read to her, she’s practically memorized the plot line, and helped by the descriptive illustrations, gives a pretty good re-telling.
Then she decided that an audience of her sister and mama was not enough for so grand a reading, so she insisted that all of her bed toys be lined up on the pillow and then she read the book to them. Occasionally, she decided that the toys were not situated for optimal viewing pleasure, paused the reading and directed her sister Halle in the proper placement of her plush constituents, before continuing onwards.
The girls even get into little discussions about all of the funny places the Mommy in the story places her big soft purple kisses.
I haven’t seen the twins interact with a book like this since Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham!
The illustrations by Tate Nation, as in the first book in the series, My Purple Toes, are simple but demonstrate the text wonderfully, and I had a lot of fun trying to find the cute little ladybug on every page!
The girls found this book to be funny as well as interesting, and whenever it is brought out for reading time, have no difficulty in sitting through Zanna’s reading through it twice!
I HIGHLY recommend this book!
And, just like the previous book in the series, profits from My Purple Kisses go to Soles4souls.com!
My Purple Kisses by Blair Hahn can be purchased here at Amazon.com and other fine booksellers!
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