Way back in 2013 I had an idea and like all great ideas it took off, blazing a path. The idea was to devote the whole of Term 4 to an immersion in literature, predominately with a focus on quality picture books. When introducing new ideas to our children I need to carefully consider as often my great ideas quickly become firm Tradition, as has our Leaping into Literature, which now reaches it’s 6th year!!
Over the years, with our older children particularly in mind, we have expanded our Leaping into Literature Term to include another Tradition, our Bookworm. This is a favourite, oft visited reading competition which the whole family participates in. Our picture book immersion of rich, meaty books on a variety of topics; history, geography, science, Faith and so forth has expanded to include immersion in chapter books as well. The children will also continue with their maths studies, complete other assigned work from previous terms and we’ll turn attentions to a writing focus as well.
The first four weeks of this Term have been incredibly jam packed with Life! An extended family holiday with 50 people! our son made his First Holy Communion, the older girls attended an interstate Pilgrimage walking 100km, I attended a bi-annual book sale, we participated in our local Festival and we had a family of five visiting for a week!
Fitting around the margins of Life we managed to begin our Leaping into Literature during the past fortnight and began reading our way through the latest book sale finds.
Hoping in future weeks to give you a quick synopsis of each book but as this week’s pile is towering I best settle for getting started.
Keep in mind as you read the children’s Star ratings this ‘panel’ involved children aged; 14, 12, 10, 7 & 4 years. They considered language, plot, interest, illustrations and the target age when determining. Disclosure, any books rated 2.5 Stars and less were moved along, our library is bulging and we need to cull.
Fox and Fine Feathers – Narelle Oliver 5 Star
Martha – Gennady Spirin 5 Star
Loon Baby – Molly Beth Griffen 4.5 Star
Tiny’s Big Adventure – Martin Waddell 4.5 Star
What’s in the Egg Little Pip – Karma Wilson 4 Star
Leon’s Song – Stephanie Simpson McLellan 4 Star
Looking for Loons – Jennifer Lloyd 3 Star
Max’s Magic Seeds – Geraldine Elschner 5 Star
Flotsam – David Wiesner (Worldless) 3.5 Star
Ferdie and the Falling Leaves – Julie Rawlinson 3 Star
Winter’s Blanket – Phil Cummings 1.5 Star
Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies – Carolyn Crimi 4 Star
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles – J Patrick Lewis 4 Star
The Boy Who Cried fabulous – Leslea Newman 4 Star
I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word – Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton 4 Star
Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books – Frances Watts 0.5 Star
The Patchwork Quilt – Valerie Flournoy 4 Star
The Visitor – Sonja Bougaeva 4 Star
Are We There Yet? – Alison Lester 5 Star
Little Pierre: A Cajun Story from Louisiana – Robert D San Souci 5 Star
One Step At A Time – Jane Jolly 4.5 Star
Possum Magic – Mem Fox 4.5 Star
Bamboo – Paul Yee 4.5 Star
That’s What Leprechauns Do – Eve Bunting 3.5 Star
Mr Chicken Lands on London – Leigh Hobbs 0 Star
Azzi in Between – Sarah Garland 5 Star
Suri’s Wall – Lucy Estela 5 Star
Emily Jane – Sadie & Suzanne Pascoe 4.5 Star
I Won’t Say Please! – Ruth Palmer 3.5 Star
The Scallywags – David Melling 2.5 Star
“Excuse Me” Learning About Politeness – Brian Moses 2.5 Star
The Scallywags Blow Their Top – David Melling 0 Star
The Birthday Tree – Paul Fleischman 5 Star
Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown 5 Star
What to Do? What to Do? – Toni Teevin 4 Star
Moonbird – Joyce Dunbar 4 Star
Circus Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina 3.5 Star
Rotten Island – William Steig 3.5 Star
Parachute – Danny Parker 3.5 Star
Frog Prince – retold Kathy Jo Wargin 3.5 Star
What’s the Matter Aunty May? – Peter Friend 3 Star
Uncle Albert’s Seal – Romie Claridge 2.5 Star
Too Many Elephants in This House – Ursula Dubosarsky 2.5 Star
Bill in a China Shop – Katie McAllaster Weaver 2.5 Star
Luke’s Way of Looking – Nadia Wheatley 2 Star
Good for You, Good for Me – Lorenz Pauli – 2 Star
Rules of Summer – Shaun Tan 0.5 Star
Lucy Goes to Market: A Magical Alphabet – Imogen Clare 0 Star
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