I always loved books when I was younger, I still love reading now but I have less time for it sadly. During the summer holidays I would most likely be found in my room with my head in a book. It may not have been the most physically active pastime but I was happy. This love of ready, of learning, of absorbing every word and every meaning is something I hope to pass onto my children. So when I was asked to review Superstar Kids by Gavin Rhodes I was not going to say no.
Why is reading so important?
It is well documented that reading to children is beneficial to their development. A lot of studies have been conducted and these show that reading to your child before they start school at least 2-3 times a week significantly increases their cognitive understanding in later life. Children that were regularly read to have a greater understanding of language and maths and perform better in school tests. Now I do not believe school tests are the be all and end all but if I can help reduce a little of the future stress by reading to my girls then that is exactly what I will do.
One of the other benefits of reading stories is that the books can offer a teaching opportunity. The chance to pass on life lessons and morals. Perhaps help children understand the changes around them, teach them how to use a potty, help them understand about a new baby that is about to join the family. If you look hard enough there is a book out there to help you explain and teach your children about every scenario. This can help them understand that the day to day rules of life, such as peeing in the potty and not on the floor, are in actual fact expectations of the society we live in and not just Mummy nagging about yet another little thing.
However there are not many children’s books around that teach morals.
Superstar Kids by Gavin Rhodes
Superstar kids is a moral rhyming book aimed at ages 3+. Although I have to say Trixie who is two has also been throughly enjoying the stories. The book is made up of seven short stories and each of them has an important life moral to teach. Each story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations to help aid with the story and visual imagination.
There is a story for everyone to enjoy. From lost toys due to a messy bedroom to bad behaviour that is unacceptable; believing in yourself and having confidence in your abilities to showing kindness and sharing.
Gavin Rhodes wrote this book on his iPhone during his commutes to work. Having read bedtime stories to his daughter every night he realised there was a gap in the market for this sort of book. Now, what was once an idea in his head and a note on an iPhone is a passion realised in the form of this amazing book.
I can’t help but feel that in the next book Gavin should write a story about working hard to realise your dreams and full potential…. Just saying… And hinting that there should be another book.
What did we all think?
Usually I would write this from the perspective of the person for which the book was intended. In this instance that is Ellie. However I can’t do that as it wouldn’t do this book full justice. Of course Ellie loved it. She absorbed every word of it. Especially the words of the first story which is about a beloved toy that goes missing in a messy bedroom. This is something that we could relate to as I have had to teach the same life lesson over and over. Sadly that still hasn’t stopped her Mr Rabbit, the first, original and only super special cuddly toy she had to go missing never to be seen again. Personally I think he was probably lost outside of the house but the lesson is no less poignant for her 4 year old brain.
The best thing about this book is that I loved it too. I enjoyed reading it and I felt that the lessons of each story were so well set up and executed that even younger children would be able to understand the underlying message. There are not many of my daughters’ books that I actually like reading to them. I find the stories either sickly sweet or that they contain characters of questionable morals and kindness. This book has genuinely gone to the top of the favourites list after only reading it once. The bedtime story time is going to be so much more enjoyable now I can read Superstar Kids to my daughters.
Where can you get one?
*I was provided a book to review, as always all thoughts are my own.