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 and Faith has expanded to include immersion in chapter books as well. The children will also continue with their maths, complete other assigned work and add a writing focus.
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!
We managed to begin our Leaping into Literature during the past fortnight when we began reading our way through the latest book sale finds. I’m hoping to give you a quick synopsis of each book over the following weeks 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. Disclosure, any books rated 2.5 Stars and less were moved along, our library is bulging and we need to cull.
Martha – Gennady Spirin 5 Star
Loon Baby – Molly Beth Griffen 4.5 Star
Flotsam – David Wiesner (Worldless) 3.5 Star
Winter’s Blanket – Phil Cummings 1.5 Star
The Visitor – Sonja Bougaeva 4 Star
One Step At A Time – Jane Jolly 4.5 Star
Possum Magic – Mem Fox 4.5 Star
Bamboo – Paul Yee 4.5 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
Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown 5 Star
What to Do? What to Do? – Toni Teevin 4 Star
Moonbird – Joyce Dunbar 4 Star
Rotten Island – William Steig 3.5 Star
Parachute – Danny Parker 3.5 Star
Frog Prince – retold Kathy Jo Wargin 3.5 Star
Uncle Albert’s Seal – Romie Claridge 2.5 Star
Rules of Summer – Shaun Tan 0.5 Star
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