I don’t have a hard count, but I’d guess we have upwards of 500 children’s books at our house. I have the majority of books from my childhood, and I cannot resist buying books for the girls. When I think about our vast library, though, there are only a handful of stories that relate in any way to multiples.
When the author of “The Birthday Triplets: Granny Rosie’s Amazing Magical Day” contacted us at How Do You Do It?, I jumped at the opportunity to review the book.
The Birthday Triplets are Candi, Cookie, and Coco, three vivacious little girls who abound with love and joy. Set amid lively, colorful artwork, and fun, rhyming text, I knew my twin girls would be mesmerized with the story.
The story opens with a very lovely, but sad Granny Rosie. Granny Rosie specializes in stirring up adventures in her whimsical adventure factory, but she laments that she hasn’t been able to cook up an adventure to keep her from being alone on her birthday.
I love how the text is part of the picture, too!
At last Granny Rosie happens upon a forgotten adventure recipe, one that invites her to her own birthday party! Granny Rosie begins to measure and stir…until…she is surprised at a huge BLAST! She thinks she’s made a mistake, until she hears giggles. She’s swept away from her factory by three giant balloons, who soon reveal themselves to be The Birthday Triplets!
Candi, Cookie, and Coco arrive just in the nick of time to help Granny Rosie celebrate her birthday! After much joyous dancing and singing, The Birthday Triplets hatch a plan to help Granny Rosie bring birthday adventures to anyone feeling sad or blue.
The girls head home – in a magical cloud, no less! – to Granny Rosie’s cottage. Granny Rosie tucks them into their beds, with visions of new adventures dancing gleefully in their heads.
The story itself is incredibly sweet and fun, underscored by the qualities of kindness, empathy, bravery, and being your best self. The artwork is truly magnificent. I can’t help but be reminded of what the most beautiful candy shop must look like in the eyes of a child, the perfect embodiment of her vivid imagination.
And as a twin mom, my favorite part of the book is when Cookie finds herself afraid at flying home in Granny Rosie’s magical cloud. She is immediately comforted by her sis Candi’s hug and wise words:
“But we’re always together – we’re there for each other forever and ever. Cookie, try to be brave. You’ll see it’s alright. Hold onto my hand as we fly through the night.”
“The Birthday Triplets: Granny Rosie’s Amazing Magical Day” is the first in what will be a series of birthday adventures starring Candi, Cookie, and Coco. The next book is scheduled to release this fall. In the meantime, kids of all ages can connect with The Birthday Triplets via their Facebook page. (Be sure to sign up to receive cards from The Triplets on your kiddos’ birthdays!) And through The Birthday Triplets’ website, kids can also sign up for the The Birthday Triplets Times newspaper.
The hardcover book is available through The Birthday Triplets website, and the softcover is also available through Amazon.
I am thankful for the opportunity to have written this review, and to have added another book with a multiples theme to our library. In exchange for writing this review, I received a copy of The Birthday Triplets book. Well, and I got to engage in a fun email conversation with the author, Kelly Tooman. [I think it's so cool that she and her mom, Lynn Tooman-Cser, work as a mother-daughter writer-illustrator team. And that, of course, got me thinking about how amazing it would be to team up with my dynamic duo one day...but I digress. :) ] The views expressed here are my own.
MandyE is mom to five-year old fraternal twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.