I was definitely delighted when I received the mail asking if I would review the books because they sounded really adorable. I am glad I had the chance to read them and I have written a short review for each of the four books. I like that each book has its own prologue with some information for parents/family. The art was adorable and I quite like the style.
Honeycake: A Family of Spices: : “We are a family of spices.” How to explain to your grandchild that she has a whole mix of cultures in her. Nala, our MC, visits her grandmother and as they bake a honeycake grandma explains to Nala why she is made up of spices and why the honeycake is so like her. I loved the reactions and expressions of Nala as her grandma told her stories. I loved how the story ended with Nala telling the reader to ask their grandparents what kind of honeycake they are. Man, how lovely it is if you have a close relationship with your grandparents. My grandparents live(d) too far away and it was quite a bit of a travel with public transport.
At the end we have a recipe for the honeycake and I definitely can’t wait to try it out!
Honeycake: Help I Swallowed a Butterfly: : A sweet book about anxiety, butterflies in your stomach, and also how to clear them out. At times I found it a bit too text-heavy and it became a bit too serious for me. But I still appreciate the message and I am happy that Nala has a way to combat those butterflies. Though I have to be honest and say that it may not always work. Just from experience. I also have stage fright/unease if I have to talk to a lot of people, and at times the technique works.. but there are also times I am just too anxious. I did have a laugh how Nala really thought she had eaten a butterfly, that was adorable.
Honeycake: Special Magical Powers: This was all about kindness, smiling, because those are magical powers indeed! You can make someone’s whole day by just being kind. I love that they taught Nala about it in such a sweet and fun way. They didn’t immediately explain how and what but told her to do something and then told her what it meant. Plus, I loved that it was about donations, that Nala was so eager to help out. I know many kids won’t have an easy time to part with their toys or stuff. Even if they don’t use it. I can still remember how I felt when I was a kid and had to get rid of some toys. Not fun! I love that the book ends with Nala telling her parents about her superpowers. Aww!
Honeycake: A Circle Of Trust: Nala does something not good and tries to hide. Her parents of course know instantly what happened (come on, breaking something makes noise and the dad was clearly in the neighbourhood), but instead of confronting her directly with it, they build a tower and have a conversation about trust and that Nala should feel OK coming to them no matter what. I definitely would have loved it if my parents had done this when I was a kid. I loved that Nala understood the message and didn’t feel too bad about coming to her parents.