Peter Pan adventures

During Autumn I like spending even more time than usual reading bedtime stories. Just after brushing our theeths, feeling cosy under the duvet, we are ready for our usual half-hour reading! When children are about five years-old, I love telling them long stories that last for days or even weeks. A good way to introduce children to the pleasure of reading beautiful children books. We’ve recently read Peter Pan‘s picture book : a magical moment both for my little on and I all…

Going fishing

  Just two weeks before going back to school, last August summer days have got a particular taste, full of both excitement and nostalgia… To start again Sweet Cabane’s diary, I’d precisely like to talk about a children book dealing with Summer holidays, childhood and nostalgia : Going Fishing, written and illustrated by French mum of 3, Charlotte Virfolet. It’s part of a book series called ‘Siblings’. Charlotte’s stories are small pieces of art mixing simplicity and poetry and all…

A whole day doing nothing

Who never got tired of seeing her son playing on games console … or her teenage daughter talking on Snapchat or on Instagram, lying on her bed? All these everyday connected objects certainly have many benefits, but they can deeply hurt children’s creativity. At home, I’ve observed that as soon as we deprive the kids of using the laptop or the games’ console (for various reasons that I will not explain here 😉 ….), after a detox’ phase, they feel again like reading, drawing…

Night stories

Night is for all of us, a special moment. Once the sun sets, emotions and feelings change. For little ones, this passage from day to night is rarely serene, perceived rather like a rupture. The period before bedtime can also be a time either of anxiety, or excitement. I imagine many of you have experienced, like me, these moments : crying, multiple round-trip, the last kiss (third time), the glass of water asked for the night … . All of…

Spring with books

While Spring is fast approaching and Nature is awakening slowly, I’d like to share with you two beautiful albums that explain children the charm of seasons: Nature’s Day and How does it grow? Both books make us learn and discover in detail the seasons, mixing scientific content and poetic approach. For little ones… and even adults! *** NATURE’S DAY Nature’s Day is an Anglo-american book published in 2015 by Kay McGuire, who was educated at the Royal Botanics Gardens, Kew, and Danielle Krol, who…

Wintertime under the quilt

Whereas Paris doesn’t really know anymore what winter is and that it’s difficult to see some snow at the window, we love reading and rereading at home books that plunge us into a wadded and cold winter, where nature seems asleep … a way to relax by living at th slow pace naturally imposed by this season. Here is a selection of pretty albums we value both for their story and for their illustrations. All depict an animal world in close contact with Nature (link we often…

Pretty books to wait for Christmas

How to bring Christmas spirit to your children? Through books of course, notably with the classics, to read again and again all along December. Poetic, tender and snowy, here are six books to read at bed under a thick blanket, snuggled against your children. Christmas animals by Richard Scarry Richard Scarry is probably one of the the most famous author and illustrator for children in the United States and maybe in the world. This collection of stories  subjects are delightful animals,…

My love

Mon amour - Sweet Cabane

My Love. Yesterday, we didn’t publish our article about our London journey that was scheduled. I was so afflicted and hurt during the weekend that it was impossible to publish. We also had to cherish our kids and to explain them what happened.  A hard task… For today, I’ve chosen a French children book called ‘Mon amour’ (My love) relating the unconditional love between mother and son. A pure and strong love that should concern not only the parental sphere…

Polar superstar : let’s meet Sherlock…

Polar superstar : let’s meet Sherlock… In the heart of Autumn, just a few days before Halloween, I’d like to show you a beautiful children book about Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, illustrated by Christel Espié (La Sarabande editions) A great occasion for introducing to your kids Sir Conan Doyle’s books and raising their interest about crime literature. We usually read these books all the five together , at night, just before the kids go to sleep… A fabulous family moment we…

It book #8 : Serafina la Girafe

Let’s discover an old book written by the French Laurent de Brunhoof in 1961 and reedited by Helium in 2014 : The Giraffe Serafina. A precious children book with lots of adventures, humour and unexpected development. For children between 3 and 6 years-old.   Have a lovely week, Emilie.