Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. All thoughts are my own and your views may differ! Thank you.
One of THE sweetest children's books I have had the pleasure to read in quite some time, The Central Park Tales, by Marcus Meesters is a children's book made up of 10 different stories involving the animals that reside in Central Park, including: Squirrel, Duck, Frog, Mousekin, Doctor Beggar AND Mister Pup (his brother).
The enamouring qualities that this little gem of a book exudes has my daughter just adoring it and asking for more! Any story that involves an animal of any kind is a blessing for children with an imagination and a fondness of nature and so this is the perfect bedtime story book for her. We have been reading a couple of stories per night and then, once the book is done, she is happy to start over!
The illustrations, penned by the clearly talented Marcus Meesters, as well, really do bring the book to life just that little bit more, with glimpses of the real Central Park and a look into what the lives of these little creatures could be like! It is such a well written book and flows ever so nicely that it really is hard to put it down, even as an adult! It gave me great nostalgia of times when I would read books like Beatrix Potter (or similar) when I was the age that my daughter is now.
This book is definitely a keeper and I am recommending it for our Holiday Gift Guide, which you will be able to start following on Twitter with the hashtag #MGBHGG as we start to roll out from November 1st!
All children need books, especially in a world drowning in technology. I was always gifted a book at Christmas and on birthdays and it sparked a love for reading and spun my imagination off to worlds I would never have found on my own, even to this day! I would love for every child to get the chance to experience The Central Park Tales.
You can find The Central Park Tales on Amazon in hardback (or for the Kindle), at Barnes and Noble (if you have a Nook) and also available as an iBook!
Imagine how delighted I am to also find out that this is going to be part of a trilogy of books, with The Hyde Park Tales (set in London) and The Vondelpark Tales (set in Amsterdam) soon to follow in 2016. In fact, the original story of how these books came to be, and more about their author, Marcus Meesters, can be found by heading here!