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Anthony and I have a strict bedtime routine for our daughter. It goes the same every night. We have dinner as a family, allow her to play for a while, change into pajamas, have a warm bottle of milk, and finish with a bedtime story. Our favorite part of our bedtime routine is story time. It’s something that we have enjoyed doing with her since the first night we brought her home. After all, it just doesn’t get much better than loosing yourself in a good book.
As many of you know, we have started a huge library of books for our daughter. She already has a couple hundred books if not more. You’d think with that many books we’d never run out of new stories to read. However, when you read multiple books everyday you actually run through books pretty quickly. That’s why we like to add new books to her library every once in a while. Of course we have our favorites, but it’s always fun to try a new book here and there.
We haven’t added a book to Olivia’s library in a few months now. So, when I was offered the opportunity to review Adam Smart’s new book Officer George I was thrilled. This is a great book filled with a beautiful message. I loved sharing it with my daughter. I can’t wait to tell you more.
Officer George is the story of a little girl named Lils, her teddy bear, and her neighborhood police officer – Officer George. One day while out with her mom, Lils looses her favorite teddy bear. Now, anyone with children knows just how devastating this single event is for a child. So, the mom jumps into action to try to find the bear. During their search, they run into Officer George. Both of them have concerns about approaching their friendly neighborhood officer. Mom worries he might be busy and young Lils finds him a bit frightening. However, they desperately needed to find teddy, so they did. Officer George immediately jumps into action to help. He saves the day by finding Lils’ precious teddy bear.
The storyline for Officer George is really great, but I love this book for so much more.
The illustrations – Every parent knows that the pictures in a children’s book are just as important as the story. For some children, they are even more important. The illustrations in Officer George are fun, well thought out, and colorful. In my opinion, they almost remind me of a comic book. There is one special piece of illustration that I would like to point out. On the first page of the book there is a space that says “This book belongs to Officer ______”. I just think this is such a special way for children to make this book their own. It is especially a great touch for those little boys and girls who grow up wanting to be police officers themselves.
The writing style – One of the most important things I look at when choosing a book for my daughter is the writing style. In our house it can make or break story time. There are a couple parts of Adam Smart’s writing style that I really enjoy in Officer George. First, it is a rhyming book. Not only do I enjoy reading books that rhyme, but my daughter also loves listening to them. They are so much fun for kids. I also love that there aren’t a large number of words per page. It’s hard to hold my daughter’s attention for a long period of time. She is always so excited to get to turn the pages. So, it’s nice to have a book where I can quickly read each page before it’s turned.
The message – What really stands out to me about Officer George is the message that it sends to young children. In the book, Lils finds Officer George a bit frightening. However, after approaching him, she realizes how helpful and friendly he really is. In today’s society, I think it’s so important to teach our children that the majority of officers out there are good. They are always here to help you out. So, don’t ever be afraid to reach out to them.
I highly recommend purchasing Officer George to add to your child’s library. You can get it from Amazon here.