The new book, which features illustrations from Alex Crump, tells the story of a very energetic cheetah and a very sleepy sloth.
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The book launch coincides with the end of the summer holidays. As many parents begin to look for new reading material as their children return to day care and school, Schmitt-Bylandt wants to share her heartfelt new instant classic.
Although the literacy benefits of reading in early childhood have been well established, books hold equal value as developmental tools that foster both creativity and empathy in kids.
As such, ‘Cheetah and Sloth’ is guided by an important message. The book helps its young readers to identify the things that make them happy and advocates that they should always make time to do the things that they really love.
Schmitt-Bylandt’s positive message of self-love and affirmation is supported by the endearing characterisation and juxtaposition of two polar opposite characters, the lively and wise Cheetah and the dreamy and cheeky Sloth.
The book’s warm-hued pencil drawn and watercolour accented illustrations create a nostalgic quality and welcome readers into a safe and inviting space.
Illustrator Crump’s animal characters showcase an artful blend of realistic and cartoonish qualities, and they possess a range of endearing facial expressions sure to engage young readers.
Schmitt-Bylandt’s story transposes the captivating world of the animal kingdom into a world much closer to children’s own. It encourages them to go on an imaginative journey with a happy and rewarding ending.
At 53 pages in length, ‘Cheetah and Sloth’ is a book that can be enjoyed over several nights of bedtime reading and it provides an accessible but beneficially rich vocabulary.
Astrid Schmitt-Bylandt is a single mother of twins who works professionally as an author and a women’s career coach. She believes in stories that educate, inspire and instil worthy values.
Her previous kids’ novel, ‘Rufus Finds More Time’, is also available on Amazon.
One recent reviewer of ‘Cheetah and Sloth’ called the book his son’s “new favourite” and said, “The book is really well written with great illustrations. It features characters that kids can relate to and get to know, along with life lessons and topical issues that have been cleverly written in. I can recommend it highly.”
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