I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
This is a delightful collection of bedtime stories and children’s poetry, perfect for sharing among children and the adults in their lives—from the heart-warning tale of The Blue Wooden Horse to fun little songs and nursery rhymes. Fifth in the series, this book tells of growing up and learning facts of life through the adventure that is early childhood, and is a good source of baby shower ideas.
The Blue Wooden Horse is slightly different than the previous books in The Grandmother Tells series because of its separate nursery rhymes, which each consist of separate stories about the grandchild. Still told in the point of view of the grandmother, and written as a letter to the grandchild, this book would make a perfect read aloud.
As for the content of the nursery rhymes, I have to say that they left me confused and a few of them I would never read to my children simply because they promoted (or at least accepted) temper tantrums and bad attitudes. There were a few sweet ones and all of them have excellent pictures, but the ones that have mild tantrums and talking back always end without correction but instead a gift, giving the impression that these things are good to do.
Because of that, I’m afraid that I can only give The Blue Wooden Horse 3 out of 5 stars and do not recommend it to my audience.