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Willy is a lonely chimpanzee living in a world of intimidating-looking gorillas, until one day he literally bumps into a gentle giant, Hugh Jape, and thus begins an exceptional and charming friendship.
I'm going to declare this book as the ideal early-years first introduction to empathy. Bobo is a baby chimp living in the jungle and he has lost his mum. Everywhere he goes, he sees other baby animals being cuddled by one of their parents and he cries the same refrain on every page, "hug!".
The Gruffalo is a modern classic, and rightly so. Its impulsive rhythm makes it a great read aloud even for very young children - my twins were gripped by it when they were one.
One day it rains hearts and Cornelia Augusta catches them - then starts to turn them into gifts for her animal friends, each gift suited to the taste and character of each friend.
The book of The Gruffalo is a modern classic, and this animated film adaptation definitely lives up to its potential.
Ben and Holly is a children's 10 minute cartoon on TV and You Tube, for ages 3-5. Ben is an elf, Holly is a fairy, but it's not too icky and has some good humour.
When Toby steps into the path of a dog who bullies him and shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, feelings get hurt. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the importance of kindness, respect, acceptance and being considerate of others, including pets.
Martha the dog eats alphabet spaghetti and starts to talk - offering her every thought to her delighted, then exasperated, family. It's a funny journey into a dog's mind and how she sees the world.
Mr Big is a gorilla whose size terrifies everyone he encounters - leaving him deeply alone and lonely.
On his way to school one day, Sid the dog discovers he can fly. When he excitedly tells his classmates what he just did, they mock him, and his teacher scolds him for lying. Put on the spot to prove his ability, Sid falls flat on his face.