Child’s age: 1.5 – 3 years old

One of our all time favourites is a series about Bartholomew Bear – a little bear who is funny, emotional and naughty just like every other toddler. Short stories are brillantly illustrated by Virginia Miller – in very few pencil strokes she is able to portray little bear’s strong emotions – so well known to any parent of a toddler.

There are six books in this series (I list the best in our opinion at the beginnning):

  • Be gentle! – a story about little cat given to Bartholomew – any cat lover (any little child?) will love it
  • In a minute! – this was the last one we bought and – to my surprise – it occurred to be a classis Montessori story
  • Eat your dinner! – my children love to see what Ba makes with his dinner
  • Go to bed! – well known problem
  • On your potty!
  • I love you just the way you are

I haven’t found a source for new books so we bought used ones, but they are sturdy and came in very good condition. You can find them on Amazon. I recommend board books (they also come in form of one big standard book which is not so convenient).

mapart.me:   Virginia Miller - Eat your Dinner
Virginia Miller “Eat your Dinner” (via)

mapart.me:   Virginia Miller - Eat Your Dinner
Virginia Miller – Eat your Dinner

mapart.me:   Virginia Miller - Be Gentle
Virginia Miller – Be Gentle

mapart.me:   Virginia Miller - Be Gentle
Virginia Miller – Be Gentle

Writing this post I found out there is another (seek-and-find) book about Ba which we still don’t have – Where Is Little Black Kitten. As soon as we get it in our hands I’ll update this review!

These watercolor paintings by Sarah Hinckley are so simple and beautiful I had a hard time choosing only a few… You can find more on Sarah Hinckley’s web site.

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - Light a spark (3)Sarah Hinckley – Light a spark (3)

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - Be the changeSarah Hinckley – Be the change

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - A wind down the roadSarah Hinckley – A wind down the road

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - As far as the  eye can see (1)Sarah Hinckley – As far as the eye can see (1)

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - After all the dreaming I come home (2)Sarah Hinckley – After all the dreaming I come home (2)

mapart.me:   Sarah Hinckley - Troubles behind (1)Sarah Hinckley – Troubles behind (1)

All images via Sarah Hinckley’s web site.

We rarely associate black and white colors with food illustration but it’s not so obvious. Here are some very interesting illustrations by Alice Pattullo, artist based in East London:

mapart.me:   Alice Pattullo - Vegetables
Alice Pattullo – Vegetables

mapart.me:   Alice Pattullo - Fish
Alice Pattullo – Fish

mapart.me:   Alice Pattullo - Dairy
Alice Pattullo – Dairy

mapart.me:   Alice Pattullo - People
Alice Pattullo – People

You can find more (not food related) illustrations on Alice Pattullo’s site or blog.

Recently I came across these dreamy, irrealistic landscape photomontages by Polly Balitro, artist based in Helsinki, Finland, and I just couldn’t resist to share them here.

Project description from artist’s blog:
These photomontages are the result of the encounter between my photographs from Lapland and my collection of Finnish old photographs. they might make little sense at first glance – but all you need is a closer look to find the right connection.

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

If you want to see more photographs by Polly Balitro please visit her site.

All images via artist’s blog.

Spring does not seem to come soon unfortunately (at least in Poland) which means we have a lot of bird guests for breakfasts here. A few days ago I set up a real life matching activity for my boys and the younger one (almost 2 years old) got it instantly. He is learning to speak at this moment and each opportunity to name something is interesting for him.

I recently ordered a set of Usborne birds cards from Amazon and it was perfect for this purpose. It contains 30 beautiful illustrations of birds living in UK (I guess), but many of them are the same as in Poland. Illustrations are detailed and accurate as well as really beautiful. I chose 6 birds which are our frequent guests: house sparrow, 2 species of doves, great tit, magpie and a sea gull and just placed them on a wall with washi tape near the window where the birds are coming for breakfast. My son got it in a moment and started to point and name pigeons as soon as they came for breakfast – in fact this is the first thing he does in the morning everyday now.

mapart.me:   Montessori real life matching activity

For more inspiration visit:
Montessori Monday

Child’s age: 1,5 – 2 years

Today I want to share with you two of our favourite toddler books, each of them is read several times a day by my almost 2 years old son (and me).

“Bus Stops” and “My friends” are written and illustrated by Taro Gomi – one of Japan’s most prolific children’s book illustrators. Stories are simple and illustrations are just brillant. To be honest I’d love to have several of these illustrations printed and framed in my living room.

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stopsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stops
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mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stopsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

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