Kiwi Mummy Blog Book Review | Tale of a Tail by Margaret Mahy

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When I was a little girl our local library had this amazing window set into a concrete pipe that you could curl up in with a book and wile away the time while Mum and Dad took forever picking out their books.  I would love to be able to still fit in that window, I would bring a quilt from home and read this book from front to back.  Margaret Mahy’s Tale of a Tail {supplied for review by Kiwi Mummy Blogs} is kid-perfection.  What else would you expect really from the undisputed Grandmother of children’s fiction?

Published posthumously, Tale of a Tail is a glorious wee novel.  One of those magical bedtime tales that you will LOVE reading to your kids, “one more page” requests are guaranteed.  Independent readers will also be easily entangled in the whimsy of this short novella, quite Roald Dahl-ish with it’s collection of neighbourhood characters, a splash of magic and wonder and undeniable humour.  Be prepared.

Mahy’s fabulous writing brings to life the special powers of a dog with a very strange name, awakening the imagination of Tom who begins to see that “ordinary, everyday things could be just so astonishing if you really thought about them for just a second or two”.

Ethan (9.5yrs, advanced reader) found this book a fun, funny read with very endearing, mysterious characters – especially Mr Mirabilis!  Kids 7+ will love listening to this beautiful tale, it rolls off the tongue and into their imaginations with ease.  Five stars.

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Kiwi Mummy Blog Review – Breastmates Dress

I miss wearing dresses.  I really do.

I have quite easily slipped back into my old wardrobe and quickly figured out what translates into breastfeeding-friendly attire.  But, you can’t really hike up a dress and feed bubba whilst standing in line {for an hour!} for Santa at Smith & Caughey’s can you?  And yes, if you’re wondering, I did the stand-up breastfeeding manoeuvre IN THE LINE for Santa at S&C this week!  I’m a pro guys, I got the skills…..

Anyway, this little number from Breastmates solves all of my dress-angst and is easy-peasy to breast feed in.  For reals.  And doesn’t it look smashing?

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So I dressed it up a bit here with my Kathryn Wilson shoes and a statement necklace, but, I think this dress would look just as great with a bo-ho scarf and flats or jandals {which is probably how I would wear it most of the time}.  The cut of this dress is perfect for post-baby bodies, it’s flattering, non-clingy  – hell yes – and the fabric is so forgiving it would definitely see you through a range of sizes as you and your belly transition post-partum.  I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet, check this out;

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So easy and discreet!  I am truly feeding Nixon in this shot.  See, I don’t really care about discreet, I will feed anywhere and could give two hoots about it, but I know not all mummies feel this way and not all members of the public appreciate a kick-ass breastfeeding mama {wtf?}, so, this dress is pretty ah-maze-ing.  I’m thinking summer weddings, Christmas and New Years parties, sunday markets……..

I love it.  Available in two colour ways, RRP $99 available from Breastmates

The dress was provided for my consideration but the opinions expressed are my own.