3 Children's books for Age 4 to 8 Years
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3 Children’s books for Age 4 to 8 Years, promise to captivate young minds

Hello readers! Dive into world for innocent mind with 3 captivating children’s books for age 4 to 8 years. From enchanting fiction to enlightening nonfiction, these tales explore the realms of emotions, dreams, and the support to parents. These 3 children’s books promise to captivate young minds and ignite a love for reading.

3 Children's books for Age 4 to 8 Years

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Sad-Glad by Sidhartha Mallya

Sad-Glad

Sad-Glad by Sidhartha Mallya

Publication Date : April 29, 2024

Publisher : Puffin

Read Date : April 4, 2024

Genre : Children’s book

Age : 4+

Pages : 32

Source : Penguinsters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

One morning, Sid wakes up feeling different. He can’t quite put his finger on why. The day seems gloomy, and Sid doesn’t feel like getting out of bed.Luckily, Duke, Sid’s best buddy, senses that Sid needs comforting. He gently encourages Sid to accept all the different emotions he is feeling. A helpful companion for a dull day, this assuring picture book is filled with many feelings and thoughts that offer a lot of hope!

Review

Sad Glad is beautifully illustrated book that teaches kids about accepting emotions and captures essence of mental health.

It starts with Little Sid waking up feeling different that makes him sad and he wonders why we can’t be happy all the time and his dog, Duke helps him understand that all emotions are part of life and it’s okay to fell them.

Navigating the complexities of emotions can be daunting for children and adults alike, often leaving individuals feeling adrift in confusion. Sad Glad perfectly portrays importance of embracing feelings, self compassion, and validating the feelings.

Through Duke author also signifies importance of true friendship in navigating emotional ebbs and flows, how a caring friend can help on the path toward emotional well-being. I liked how the boy at the end saw that he is not only one who goes through different emotions, giving sense of solidarity and alleviating the burden of loneliness.

Overall, Sad Glad is heartwarming and lovely book for both kids and adult alike that imparts invaluable lessons of acknowledging the full spectrum of emotions and the beauty of embracing one’s emotions.

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The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden: Nek Chand by Lavanya Karthik

The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden: Nek Chand

The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden: Nek Chand by Lavanya Karthik

Publication Date : January 1, 2024

Publisher : Duckbill

Read Date : April 5, 2024

Genre : Children’s Nonfiction / Biography

Age : 6+

Pages : 48

Source : Penguinsters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Before Nek Chand built his iconic garden, he was a boy with a dream—of home.

Review

I have never been to Punjab and gardening or rock gardening isn’t something I explicitly love so I never heard about Nek Chand or his Rock Garden before reading this book and now that I have read this book, I want to visit Nek Chand’s rock garden.

The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden is beautiful biography of Nek Chand for children that started with a remarkable journey of a boy and his passion for crafting beauty from discarded fragments that was interrupted by the upheaval of partition. After years when he returns back to the same village his love for creating art reignites resulting in 40 acres of rock garden.

It was amazing to know how Nek Chand faced challenges when he started building his visionary garden. Each stone laid bore witness to the poignant tales of those displaced by partition, infusing the landscape with layers of memory and emotion for people.

Engaging narrative and beautiful illustrations gives life to the big dream of Nek Chand, keeping young readers hooked to the story. The life story of Nek Chand perfectly tells he importance of following dream and passion, perseverance, and transformative power of art.

Overall, The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden is amazing tribute to Nek Chand’s legacy, offering children a great message of pursuing dream and passion.

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Mum in a Mess by Sanjana Kapur

Mum in a Mess

Mum in a Mess by Sanjana Kapur

Publication Date : April 8, 2024

Publisher : Duckbill

Genre : Children’s Fiction

Age : 7+

Pages : 52

Source : Penguinsters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

When Mum breaks a coffee jar, it does not seem like a big deal. But then, Mum starts acting very strangely. What is Vishi to do?

Review

Mum in a Mess is a lovely book in which Vishi helps her mother the get over her funk. Vishi’s mother is person who can do anything and has solution to all problems, she did everything on her own but one bad day engulfed her in a rare bout of despondency. As Vishi grapples with her mother’s uncharacteristic behavior, she embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery behind her mother’s despondent mood and restore harmony to their home.

What truly resonates in this touching tale is Vishi’s unwavering maturity and compassion as she navigates the complexities of adult emotions. With her friend and support of her father, she tries different theories to figure out what is happening to her mother and why she hasn’t cleaned the mess for days.

This illuminates the profound impact of parental struggles on children’s perceptions and emotions. I loved how Vishi knew to ask questions to her father, tenderly extends a helping hand to her mother, easing the burden of her distress. It shows transformative power of empathy and support. I also loved the gift and the note at the end and how she understood what her father said that her mom needs time to get that she is not alone and accepting their help.

Illustrations are lovely. Vishi’s friend brought the humor to otherwise gloomy atmosphere of the house and plot. Mum in a Mess navigates delicate themes of depression with grace and sensitivity and all it take to make things better is love and understanding.

The message of the universal need for assistance is portrayed beautifully. The book sparks meaningful conversations about the emotional labor undertaken by parents and the invaluable role of support that brings back joy and harmony in family.

Overall, Mum in a Mess is heartwarming and lovely children’s book about parental issues, family bond and importance of empathy and assistance.

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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

6 Comments

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      For these children’s books I get them from publisher. Honestly, I choose the ones that sounds interesting in email and select from that, mostly fictions or the one my kid can read. I also selected nonfictions a couple of months ago but they were really long and I keep putting them aside! Learned lessen say yes to nonfiction only if they are short.

  • Tessa Pulyer

    You’ve been finding such great kids books. I love these! I’ll have to make note of some for when I have to get gifts for my niece and nephews.

  • Carla

    I like books that share ideas about dealing with emotions, depression etc. I also love reading books to my grandkids about helping others. After reading your review about Nek Chand’s garden, I went online to find images, WOW, it’s amazing.

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