Babù, Bertu, Xmun and Fusetta: the new ad­di­tions Id-dinja tiegħi fam­ily

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - BOOKS -

Why not nur­ture a love of books in chil­dren while on the beach? Babù, Bertu, Xmun and Fusetta are the new ad­di­tions to the Mer­lin Pub­lish­ers fam­ily of Id­dinja tiegħi pic­ture books. The clown fish, the snail, the rac­coon and the cater­pil­lar all come with their own tales of amaz­ing ad­ven­ture, ac­tion and amuse­ment.

Grown-ups can de­light in read­ing the sto­ries with dif­fer­ent voices and the chil­dren can fol­low by means of the vi­brant, colour­ful illustrations, un­til they are of an age where they can read them­selves. The plots are rich in imag­i­na­tion, per­fect to en­cour­age a bud­ding read­ing cu­rios­ity in chil­dren.

In their tales, these pic­ture books al­ways tackle one or more themes that can then be used for par­ent-child dis­cus­sions. Fusetta for ex­am­ple, deals with the im­por­tance of self-con­fi­dence; Bertu – the snail who in Bertu lbeb­buxu su­pereroj hated be­ing so tiny – is back again with an­other ad­ven­ture, this time en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to be ever more cu­ri­ous; Xmun the rac­coon has just moved house and his story tack- les fear of change and friend­ship and Babù the clown­fish gives us a per­fect in­sight into how im­por­tant it is to curb jeal­ousy and envy.

All these pic­ture books have been adapted into Maltese by chil­dren’s award-win­ning au­thor Clare Az­zopardi.

These ti­tles have no fixed tar­get age. They are ideal both for read­ing to chil­dren when these are still very young, and even­tu­ally for read­ing by chil­dren them­selves when they are seven years or older. Apart from be­ing fun sto­ries, per­fect to nur­ture a love of read­ing, the play on words, al­lit­er­a­tions, rhymes and rhythms make them fun. They come in sturdy vinyl cov­ers, en­sur­ing that they are long-last­ing in the hands of young chil­dren.

Other books in the Id-dinja tiegħi series in­clude Kamilla, Bertu l-beb­buxu su­pereroj, Gakki lPi­rata, Ser­afin il-Prinċep Den­fil, Kukku l-Kukkudr il-Kan­tant and Rosetta Ba­nana Tin­ten jew Tfuħ? All books are avail­able from lead­ing book­shops or on­line from mer­lin­pub­lish­ers.com

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