There are some exciting changes ahead for Sand Has No Home, including a new home and a very different look, but, everything in its own time.

 One other change is that I am going to introduce a weekly set of micro reviews of  children’s books. I have always been passionate about children’s literature, and one of the greatest perks of being a mama is having the excuse to  read and collect and revisit  these wonderful books! I was already doing some micro reviews over on Pinterest here 

and I will continue to post there as well. I hope you enjoy these tiny reviews as much as I enjoy reading the books!

Without further ado, here I go with my first four micro reviews!

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green tells the story of a man through the eyes of his great grandson – retelling Grandpa Green’s own stories of a long life remembered without regret. Grandpa Green read books as a boy, and imagined his adventures. He dreamed of being a horticulturist but went off to fight in a war instead.

He is old now, and his memory is fading, but his garden -a place verdant with memory- fills the gaps. With illustrations based on charming topiary and shades of green, this book is a loving rumination on ageing and memoir from the view of a child.

Little Seed by Gav  Barbey


 Little Seed, by Melbourne based artist Gav Barbey (who wrote this for his daughter, on a plane, after 3 months away from her) is a beautiful delight of a book. This Little Seeds search for meaning and a place of belonging, passing the days of the week and some iconic trees of the world – is a lyrical journey through plantly spiritual places full of magic, kindness and wisdom of all kinds. This one sends shivers down my spine.

Cat and Fish by Joan Grant and illustrated by  Neil Curtis 

 Cat and fish are all about getting to know each other in the most agreeable way. Within the black and white lino cut print pages, Cat and Fish explore each others worlds, finding ways to accommodate their differences. They float a detour to the stars, and under the waves, in the sweetest prose swirl. You read this book aloud and you swear that you can hear a cool jazz soundtrack playing somewhere behind you. It’s a lovely tale for the kids, and parents can enjoy the gorgeous illustrations (framing them will cross your mind) and that smooth beat of a story.
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton and Illustrated by Tibor Gergely 
 A vintage (originally published 1945) Little Golden Book, Tootles is the tale of a baby locomotive who just can’t keep to the number one rule in locomotive school, ‘Staying on the Rails, No Matter What!’. For frisky little Tootle, the lure of the meadows in flower is just too strong, and he jumps off the tracks in glee every chance he gets. Luckily, the mayor, the railway men and indeed everyone in town have a plan to get Tootle back on track and tootling toward his  grand future.
Tibor Gergely’s (is that not one of the best monikers that you have ever read?) illustrations are pure vintage gold, and if you can track this book down, it is well worth a look for a change from those modern day counterparts from the Isle of Sodor.
{Linking up with FYBF over at With Some Grace today }