Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven

Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven
Publisher: Keith Publications
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Count the Brownies from one to ten as they go about their night time chores.

Cleaning time begins after the children go to bed. If only there was someone to help tidy up all of the messes they make!

I enjoyed the rhyming scheme in the poem that explained what each brownie was doing. I wouldn’t mind reading it over and over again to my preschool-aged relatives, and this isn’t something that’s easy to accomplish for a children’s books.I don’t know if the author intends to write a sequel to Ten Busy Brownies, but this is a good start to one if she’s interested in doing so.

Some of the brownies are drawn with facial expressions that may be a little frightening to preschoolers who aren’t familiar with this particular mythical creature. Their body language is positive and all of the brownies are performing acts of kindness, though, so explaining what they are ahead of time to anyone who needs it should be enough to counteract this.

The illustrations in this picture book are absolutely beautiful. My favorite one shows up early on and includes a brownie who looks like he isn’t much older than the target age group for this tale. He also has a calm, happy expression on his face. If I were going to explain what brownies are to an unsure little friend, I’d use this scene as an example. Each illustration features soft, subdued colors that are well-suited to the subject matter.

Ten Busy Brownies is a warm, sweet story that I’d recommend to anyone looking for something new to read to the youngsters in their life.

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